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GOD IN DISGUISE

Ethel Smyth’s vivacious, rhythmic overture to The Boatswain’s Mate is followed by Carl Reinecke’s melodic flute concert with solo flute parts played by Laura Michelin, winner of the 2020 Soloist Award. God in Disguise by Lars-Erik Larsson is one of our most beloved choral works. Hannes Meidal recites Hjalmar Gullberg’s words on humanity and peace, first performed right in the middle of the Second World War. To conclude, we greet the arrival of summer with Hugo Alfvén’s Spring Song and the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Summer Night.


SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA dot SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR dot 2021/2022
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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!”

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate.

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For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.

With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.

The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.

Anton Holmer har på kort tid etablerat sig som en av Sveriges mest framstående unga dirigenter, även internationellt. Han är sedan hösten 2021 assisterande dirigent vid Orchestre National de Lyon där han regelbundet framträder i olika konsertprojekt. Efter sin Sverigedebut med Jönköpings Sinfonietta våren 2018 har han varit en återkommande gästdirigent hos flera svenska orkestrar, bland annat Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Svenska Kammarorkestern och Dalasinfoniettan. I augusti 2022 debuterar han med Kungliga Filharmonikerna.

Anton tilldelades Crusellstipendiet för unga lovande dirigenter 2021 och har även mottagit stipendier från Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien och Anders Sandrews Stiftelse. Han har deltagit i Masterclasses för renommerade dirigenter såsom Bernard Haitink och Jorma Panula. Han var semifinalist i Malko Competition for Young Conductors i Köpenhamn 2021 och i Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition i London 2018.

Han debuterade som Operadirigent våren 2017 i en produktion av Verdi’s Rigoletto vid Operahögskolan i Stuttgart. Föreställningen hyllades av pressen som en ”musikalisk lyckoträff”.

Anton studerade orkesterdirigering vid Staatliche Hochschule für Musik i Stuttgart för Prof. Per Borin. Under studietiden gästade han flera framstående orkestrar bland andra Stuttgarter Kammerorchester och Stuttgarter Philharmoniker.

Han har en bakgrund som organist och fick sin kandidatutbildning vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och Conservatoire National Supérieure de Lyon. Han har även en masterexamen i solistisk orgel från Musikhögskolan i Stuttgart.

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Julia Kretz-Larsson, violin, has studied with Marianne Boettcher and Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Josef Suk in Prague. With the Julius Stern Piano Trio, she has won various awards at international competitions. She is a member of the chamber music ensemble Spectrum Concerts Berlin, which has its own concert series in the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal and with which she also played in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2006, Julia Kretz-Larsson became a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, led by Claudio Abbado, and since 2008 she has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, from 2011 as conductor. Julia has been the alternate first concertmaster in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.Julia has regularly played chamber music concerts with several international artists and has performed at festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Julian Rachlin and Friends, Schubertiade, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Winter Festival. She has recorded chamber music for, among others, BIS, NAXOS, dB Productions, Harmonia Mundi and has won the music award ” Grammis” for the recording with music by Amanda Maier.

Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth was thrust into the limelight when she took First Prize at the prestigious Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 2019.

Initially training as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Wallroth subsequently focused her principal study on voice and went on to graduate from Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (MDW).  In 2013, Johanna Wallroth made her operatic debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under Arnold Östman at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Stockholm. Efter that she has regularly appeared on stages in Sweden and worldwide, for example as Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien and as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Moscow’s Gnesin Academy. In the 19/20 season, Johanna made her role debut as Zerlin  in Don Giovanni to great acclaim in a live-streamed semi-staged performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Daniel Harding.

Already with an enviable experience on the concert platform, Johanna Wallroth has for example performed with Sakari Oramo at Helsinki Music Centre in Mahler, Symphony No 4 and Mozart, Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Barbara Hannigan. She was soloist on tour to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Dortmund, Köln, Hamburg and Luxembourg with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Mahler, Symphony No 4.

The 2022/23 season opens with a debut at Sweden’s historic Drottningholm Festival as Leocasta in Vivaldi’s Il Giustino with the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra under George Petrou, and sees her first appearance at Opernhaus Zürich in a ballet production choreographed by Christian Spück based on the Madrigals of Monteverdi and conducted by Christoph Koncz.

Named as Classical Artist in Residence for the 2022/23 season by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johanna Wallroth joins the orchestra for several concerts across the season including Berg, Sieben frühe Lieder with Daniel Harding, Mozart arias with Martin Fröst and Schubert Mass in E-flat with Andràs Schiff.

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Sebastian Durán (born in 1989) began to study classical singing at the age of 15 (alongside his cello- and harp studies) in his home town of Kristianstad, in the south of Sweden.

Since graduating from the Malmö Academy of Music in 2013, and the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2016, Sebastian has been working in opera companies and concert venues such as the Malmö Opera, the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Den Fynske Opera, Copenhagen Opera Festival, Nordic Opera, Oslo Opera Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and Vadstena-Akademien.

He is also a sought-after concert- and oratorio singer in works such as Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, St Johns Passion and the B-minor mass by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Förklädd gud (A God disguised) by Lars-Erik Larsson.

Sebastian has worked with several acclaimed conductors, including Stefan Solyom, B Tommy Andersson, Cathrine Winnes, Kristiina Poska, Emil Eliasson, and Eva Ollikainen, and has sung with orchestras such as the Royal Swedish Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2018, Sebastian won 1st prize in the Scandinavian/Baltic singing competition ’Voice of the Sea’ (Havets Röst/Meren ääni). He is also a prize-winner in the Bayreuth Competition of 2017, held by the Wagner Society in Gothenburg, Sweden. He also won the jury prize, and the audience prize at the OVIS singing competition in Malmö, Sweden in 2017 and the Barbro Salén Scholarship in 2016.

Flöjtisten Laura Michelin är en flitigt anlitad solist, kammar- och orkestermusiker som för närvarande går sitt sista år på masterprogrammet vid Hochschule für Musik und Theater i München för professor Andrea Lieberknecht. Vid sidan av sina studier frilansar hon i de olika svenska orkestrarna. Tidigare studerade hon i fyra år vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm för professor Tobias Carron. Laura har mottagit stipendier från bland andra Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien, Svenska Frimurarorden och 2019 dessutom G.T. Bäckmans stipendium, ett av Sveriges största kulturstipendier.

Approximate concert length: 1 hour 30 minutes including intermission

The concert will be broadcasted on Swedish Radio P2 June 6 at 7 pm.