Myrra Malmberg

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Anna Myrra Malmberg is a Swedish singer, actress, songwriter and photographer.

Life[edit]

Anna Myrra Malmberg was born on December 20, 1966 in Farsta in Stockholm,[1] and spent her childhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota and her teenage years in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated the Stockholm High School of Music and immediately embarked upon a theatrical career. Early on she took on roles such as "Maria" in West Side Story, "Hodel" in Fiddler on the Roof and "Jemima" in Cats, but also straight acting roles such as "Poppy" in Noises Off.

In London's West End where she was cast as "Christine" in Phantom of the Opera by Hal Prince. Malmberg also played "Cosette" in Les Misérables, "Estella" in Great Expectations and "The Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She caught the attention of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and joined the cast of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in St Paul's Cathedral and elsewhere. Myrra also starred in the BBC's Royal Variety Show broadcast from London's Palladium Theatre, BBC's Blue Peter, GMTV and the BBC series Showstoppers.

Other roles include "Eva Perón" in Evita at the Gothenburg Opera, "Emma Carew" in Jekyll and Hyde at Stockholm's China Theatre and "Maria" in West Side Story at the Rome Opera in Italy and the Gothenburg Opera, Sweden.

Malmberg's Swedish TV credits span from drama production "Fallet Paragon" over popular entertainment shows such as "Allsång på Skansen", "Go'kväll", "Söndagsöppet" and "Så ska det låta" to "Celebrity Jeopardy" (which she won) and participating in "Melodifestivalen" (Eurovision Song Contest). She has also performed as a special guest star, out of contest, in Russia's own Eurovision in the early 1990s to 80 million viewers.

Her discography includes an intimate and personal look at Stephen Sondheim's music on "Myrra Malmberg Sings Sondheim: What Can You Lose", an Lloyd Webber's music accompanied by a string quartet on "Myrra Malmberg Sings Lloyd Webber: Unexpected", a handful of bossa nova albums especially successful throughout Asia, the singer/songwriter album "Serendipity," plus various cast albums and soundtracks. She has been awarded a Grammy.

Myrra's latest recording is a classical crossover production titled "Another World". Together with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and internationally renowned conductor Paul Bateman she explores the musical territory between the classical and popular music genres.

Myrra has lent her voice to a long list of Disney characters in their Swedish incarnations, including "Princess Jasmine" in Aladdin, "Ariel" in The Little Mermaid, "Wendy" in Peter Pan, "Megara" in Hercules and "Norma Jean" in Happy Feet.

She has written songs and lyrics for other recording artists, and has translated lyrics and scripts into Swedish from English, French and Danish, among them "Jekyll and Hyde - the Musical" for Malmö Opera.

Her photography includes portraits and album covers for various recording artists such as Benny Andersson, Berndt Rosengren and The Sweet Jazz Trio. Myrra has also held solo exhibits of her work.

Stage including[edit]

2008 - Jekyll and Hyde, "Emma Carew" The China Theatre, Stockholm

2006 - West Side Story, "Maria" The China Theatre

2005 - Myrra & Helen - Bit by Bit, Riksteatern

2003 - Myrra & Helen - Bit by Bit, The Malmö Opera

2002 - Evita, "Eva Perón" Cirkus, Stockholm

2001 - Evita, "Eva Perón" The Gothenburg Opera

2000 - One Touch of Kurt Weill, Theater Kilen in Kulturhuset, Stockholm

2000 - West Side Story, "Maria" Teatro dell'Opera, Rom

2000 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, "Narrator" W&M, UK

1999 - West Side Story, "Maria" The Gothenburg Opera

1997 - The Phantom of the Opera, "Christine" Her Majesty's Theatre, London

1995 - Les Misérables, "Cosette" The Palace Theatre, London

1994 - Great Expectations, "Estella" Apollo, London

1994 - The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, St Paul's Cathedral, London

1993 - The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cirkusbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark

1992 - Noises Off, "Poppy" Theatre Folkan, Stockholm

1990 - Fiddler on the Roof, "Hodel" Stockholms Stadsteater & Riksteatern

Films including[edit]

2010 - Toy Story 3, "Mom" Disney

2008 - Kiki's Delivery Service, "Mrs Osono" Studio Ghibli

2008 - Deep Sea, "Narrator" IMAX

2008 - The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, "Ariel" Disney

2007 - Happy Feet, "Norma Jean" Warner Brothers

2006 - Underdog, "Polly" Disney

2005 - The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronks New Groove, "Miss Birdwell" Disney

2005 - Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, "Brietta" Universal Pictures

2003 - Beauty and the Beasts's Enchanted Christmas, "Angelique" Disney

2002 - Peter Pan: Back to Neverland, "Wendy" Disney

2000 - The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, "Ariel" Disney

1999 - The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot, "Kayley" Warner Brothers

1999 - Mary Poppins, "Mary Poppins" Disney

1997 - Hercules, "Megara" Disney

1997 - 101 Dalmatians, "Anita" Disney

1995 - The Return of Jafar, "Princess Jasmine" Disney

1994 - Aladdin, "Princess Jasmine" Disney

1994 - Fallet Paragon, "Ulrika" Swedish Television Drama

1993 - Peter Pan, "Wendy" Disney

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

2011 - Another World, Warner Music

2007 - Bossa Volym 2, Arietta Discs

2007 - Bossa Volym 1, Arietta Discs

2006 - Bossa Kiss Pop, Kang & Music

2003 - Sweet Bossa, Spice of Life Records

2004 - Serendipity, BMG

1999 - Julia, Musikverkstan

1997 - Unexpected: Myrra Malmberg Sings Lloyd Webber, Arietta Discs

1995 - What Can You Lose: Myrra Malmberg Sings Sondheim, Arietta Discs

Cast recording & soundtracks, including[edit]

2009 - Bröderna Lejonhjärta, Naxos

2009 - Disney: En magisk värld, Egmont

2001 - Evita, Swedish cast, BMG

1997 - Hercules - Swedish soundtrack, Buena Vista

1995 - Great Expectations - Highlights Cast Recording, TER records

1994 - Aladdin: The Return of Jafar - Swedish soundtrack, Buena Vista

1993 - Aladdin - Swedish soundtrack, Buena Vista

Collections, including[edit]

2010 - 100 Moments Lounge

2005 - Svenska Musikalfavoriter

Guest Appearances, including[edit]

2005 - My Rubber Soul/Peter Nordahl Trio, BMG

1998 - Easy Listening för Masochister/Carl-Johan Vallgren, Twin

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1980: Malmberg, Anna Margareta

Web sources[edit]

  • www.dubbningshemsidan.se
  • www.myrramalmberg.com
  • archives: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Expressen, SydSvenska Dagbladet etc.
  • www.imdb.com
  • www.artistgruppen.se