The Swedish soprano Malin Byström has this spring sung her first Desdemona in Otello at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, followed by Mathilde in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, conducted by Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She will this season return to the Royal Opera in Stockholm for her first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Malin will also make her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of Jenůfa.
In 2014, Malin Byström sang Elettra in Idomeneo at the Drottningholm Court Theatre, a role she appeared in at the Royal Opera House in London later the same year. Previous seasons she has included Arabella at the Metropolitan Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival and at the Royal Opera House, London, Marguerite in Faust at the Met and at the ROH, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at Bayerische Staatsoper and the ROH, the title role in Thaïs at the Göteborg Opera and at Palau de les Arts in Valencia (opposite Plácido Domingo as Athanaël), Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro in Aix-en-Provence and at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Amelia in Simone Boccanegra at the Göteborg Opera.
Malin Byström’s earlier engagements have included Hélène in Les vêpres siciliennes at Grand Théâtre de Genève with Yves Abel, directed by Christof Loy, Romilda in Serse at the Royal Swedish Opera, Fiordiligi with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in Lyon, Hanna Glawary in Die lustige Witwe in Montpellier, Marguerite in Christoph Loy’s acclaimed Faust production at the Göteborg Opera and Agathe in Der Freischütz in Bregenz. She has sung Donna Anna with René Jacobs in Baden-Baden (released on DVD), in Lepzig, Göteborg and at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has appeared as Amalia in I Masnadieri at the ROH, as Musetta in La Bohème in Mannheim and at the Bregenz Festival, as title role in Hindemith's Sancta Susanna in Montpellier title role of Massenet’s Manon and Fiordiligi at Opera North.
On the concert platform Malin Byström has sung Mendelssohn’s Elias with Kurt Masur and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Orchestre National de France in Paris, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at Teatro alla Scala and in Bonn, and Grieg’s Peer Gynt at the Komische Oper. She has appeared as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell conducted by Mo Pappano with Orchestra dell’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and at the BBC Proms in London, concerts which have been released on CD (EMI), She has sung Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, Strauss’ songs with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Lawrence Renes and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nikolaj Znajder. Her appearances under the baton of Eivind Gullberg Jensen have included Kullervo (Orchestre National de France) Mahler’s Symphony no 4 (Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier) and Vier Letzte Lieder (Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine). She has also sung Vier Letzte Lieder in Stockholm with Ralf Weikert.
Malin Byström studied at the University College of Opera in Stockholm.
Updated September 2015