Born and raised in Årsta in Stockholm, young Swedish soprano Matilda Sterby (1991) is currently in her final year of study at University College of Opera in Stockholm. Under the tuteledge of American baritone Robert Hyman, Matilda will graduate in June 2019.
Matilda’s passion for music was first kindled at 4 years old, when she sang in her local church’s children’s choir. Choir singing became a significant part of her childhood; both at Adolf-Freriks music school and in her spare time. By her late teens, Matilda knew she wanted to study classical music and decided to try persue a career as a soloist. In 2012 Matilda was accepted to the soloist programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and two years later to Oslo Opera Academy. After four years of music studies in Norway, as a student of prof. Barbro Marklund, Matilda moved home to Sweden to attend the University College of Opera in Stockholm.
Over the past few years Matilda has relished the opportunity to study and train with many skilled artists such as Matthew Merrit, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Bo Skovhus, Randi Stene, Paul Farrington, Matti Hirvonen and Enza Ferrari. Matilda also attended master classes with Roberto Scandiuzzi, Håkan Hagegård, Federico Sacchi and Irene Kudela among others.
Matilda has received several scholarships to encourage her developement both in Norway and Sweden. She was humbled to recieve a scholarship from the Swedish Royal Music Academy in both 2016 and 2018 as well as the Lisbeth Håkansson Foundation 2017. In 2016 Matilda Sterby was elected soloist for the ‘De Unges Konsert’ (The Young’s Concert) and had the honour of performing with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Kristiina Poska in Grieg Concert Hall, Norway. In the same concert she was also awarded the audience’s prize among the soloists.
Matilda is an artist with a broad repertoire, and a versatility that allows her to perform not only on the opera stage, but also in concerts, oratorios, and artsong recitals. Her sacred music repertoire includes i.e. Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rosenberg’s Den heliga natten (The Holy Night), Larsson’s Förklädd Gud (God in disguise) and Joakim Andersson’s newly composed ‘En svensk Johannespassion’ (‘A Swedish St John Passion’).
Her orchestral experience includes singing alongside Stockholm Strings, Stockholm Bach society, St Matthew’s Orchestra and Oulu Symphony Orchestra. She’s been a part of the Oslo Grieg Festival, Oslo Church Music Festival, and the Själevad Chamber Music Festival where she performed in a recital with the pianist Per Olsson. Matilda and Per have been working closely together in the artsong repertoire ever since 2012, their partnership resulting into two summer tours in Sweden in 2016 and 2017. In collaboration with numberous Swedish chamber music societys they have performed concerts across the country, and in 2017 they were thrilled to be a part of the Norwegian National Opera’s summer recital programme.
During her studies, Matilda has worked on the roles of Mimi (La Boheme), Liú (Turandot), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Marguerite (Faust). Alongside her studies she has sung at the Oscarsborg opera in Norway, Dala-Floda Opera Festival and Läckö Castle summer opera in Sweden.
Matilda is excited for her 2019 engagements, which include her first Beethoven 9th Symphony alongside VÄGUS and Simon Phipps. She will also perform as Frasquita in Östgötamusikens concert production of Carmen. Her studies will culminate with a production at Wermland Opera, where she will perform the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Matildas first professional opera engagement after graduating will be La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at Läckö Castle.
“'Um Mitternacht' is definitely the climax of the concert. The soprano of the evening Matilda Sterby shows that she is in possession of a voice that leaves nothing left to wish for. If she is already this good, one can only fantasise about how she will sound in the future when her voice matures."
- Norrländska Socialdemokraten, 2018-04-18
“Emmy (sung by Matilda Sterby with a deliciously fresh soprano). Ms Sterby excels in their flirtatious duet.“
- Seen and heard, 2018-07-23
“Donna Anna’s sorrow is expressed in an aria, sung by Matilda Sterby’s strong coloratura soprano.”
- Dala-Demokraten, 2017-08-10
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