Hanna Tove Dahlberg, born April 25, 1973 in Stockholm, is a Swedish mezzo-soprano opera singer, active on the international opera scene. In 2005 Dahlberg was one of a group of world-class musicians who were permitted to perform inside a building at Auschwitz for the first time ever during the filming of the International Emmy Award winning TV documentary Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film.[a]
The young Dahlberg attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm. She then studied jazz singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm before starting her opera singer training - first at Opera Studio 67 in Stockholm, and then until 2002 at the University College of Opera, also in Stockholm. Subsequently, she was admitted at the Covent Garden opera's two year Vilar Young Artists Programme (later renamed Jette Parker Young Artists Programme) in London.
Dahlberg debuted on the Royal Opera Stockholm as Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Subsequently, she has primarily worked on opera and concert stages outside Sweden. In Europe, she has performed in, among other things, Royal Opera House in London, Glyndebourne, La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels, Opera de Lyon, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Maggio Musicale in Florence. In the United States, she has sung at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, with the San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Opera Theater. In Asia, she has sung with the English baroque orchestra Academy of Ancient Music at the Macau International Music Festival.[a]
Dahlberg has performed in the title roles in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Boesmans’ Julie, and Scarlatti's Il Tigrane. Among other roles on international scenes she has sung Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Fyodor in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. [a]
On other Swedish scenes Dahlberg has performed in several opera roles written for specifically her, among them Calypso, Eurycleia and Helena in Reine Jönsson's Return to Ithaka (Swedish title: Strändernas svall) at Vadstena Academy. She has also portrayed opera singer Moster in Paula af Malmborg Ward’s one act Would you like a frosty pear?. At the Drottningholm Palace Theatre she sang the role of Linnaeus's Daughter Lisa Stina in Jonas Forssell’s The Garden.[a]
Tove Dahlberg's repertoire as concert and oratory singer includes Mozart's Great Mass in C minor and Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Rossini's and Pergolesi's Stabat mater and Vivaldi's Gloria.[a]
Both the French music television channel Mezzo and SVT have shown the Lyon Opera production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with Dahlberg in the role of Dorabella. On the BBC music channel Radio 3 she has participated in a number of solo performances. She was also one of the soloists in BBC's In memory of Auschwitz, a European co-production, which in 2005 was awarded with an Emmy as best cultural film, later released on DVD.[a]
Dahlberg lives in Stockholm.
Awards and Scholarships
Tove Dahlberg has received numerous scholarships and awards. Among them are:
- 2000: Received Kristina Nilsson’s scholarship
- 2000: Received stipend from OperaVännerna, The Friends of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm
- 2005: Received the Glyndebourne Promis Award (for Mélisande in Pelléas and Mélisande)
- 2005-06: Nominated for Award as Best Female Comic, PrimiDivi Opera Awards 2005-2006 (for Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Covent Garden opera)
- Debussy – The Martyrdom Of Saint Sebastian, Label: BBC Music Magazine – BBCMM341, BBC Music Magazine – Vol. 20 No. 5
- Benjamin Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream - complete, Format: 2 CD Set, Label: Glyndebourne, Conductor: Ilan Volkov, Artists: Bejun Mehta, Kate Royal, Tove Dahlberg, Iride Martinez, Release Date: 31-Oct-2011
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mass in C minor, Format: CD, Label: Coro, Conductor: Harry Christophers, Artists: Gillian Keith, Tove Dahlberg, Thomas Cooley, Nathan Berg, Release Date: 31-Aug-2010
- Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film (2005), available as DVD Video, PAL, 16:9, Color, Time: 88 mns, Copyright for the DVD edition by BBC & Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
- "Holocaust: A Music Memorial Film (DVD)". GeraldFinley.info. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Former Young Artists". Royal Opera House (London). Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Mostly Mozart Festival review". New York Times. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
- "San Francisco Symphony: Handel's Messiah". San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Chicago Opera Theater’s "Così fan tutte" at the Athenaeum Theatre". Chicago Opera Theater. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Academy of Ancient Music travels to Africa and Asia". Joh. Adriaan Moens Artist Management. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Cosi fan tutte". OCLC WorldCat. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Boris Godunov". florenceitaly.net. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Rusalka - 14 July 2003 Evening". Royal Opera House Collections Online. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Rupert Christiansen reviws Così fan tutte and Miss Julie at the AIX Festival". The Telegraph. 2005-07-21. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Pelléas et Mélisande". The Guardian. 2004-10-20. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Philippe Boesmans – Julie". NPW-Paris. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Il Tigrane". Jean-Claude Brenac. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Cosi fan tutte by Mozart at the Opéra National de Lyon". Mezzo. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Boris Godunov". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Glyndebourne. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Julius Caesar - Tove Dahlberg". Folkoperan. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Faust - Tove Dahlberg". Folkoperan. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Merry Widow - Tove Dahlberg". Folkoperan. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Tät och minutiöst genomarbetad opera". Norrköpings Tidningar. 2011-07-31. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Klang! 8 mars". Sveriges Radio. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "News archive". Drottningholm Palace Theatre. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Così fan tutte". SVT. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Tove Dahlberg". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Kristina Nilsson's Scholarship". Kristina Nilsson Society. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Stipend Fund". The Friends of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Tove Dahlberg". Glyndebourne. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Awards 2005-06". PrimiDivi. 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "The Martyrdom Of Saint Sebastian". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream". Presto Classical. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
- "Mozart's Masses". Gramophone. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Tove Dahlberg". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Tove Dahlberg bio". Pelleas Artists. Retrieved 2014-01-24.