Jenny Sandelin, Spinto Soprano

Jenny Sandelin fulfills the spinto repertoire with a vocal radiance and intensity to be reckoned with.  In the past years, Ms. Sandelin has won the top prizes of the Italian Opera Florence Competition in March 2018, the Altamura-Caruso International Voice Competition in October 2017, and the 2011 Ostrobothnian Voice Competition.  Ms. Sandelin has been singing as a soloist in the opera house in her hometown of Vaasa, Finland.   There she has been heard in the roles of Minerva in Offenbach’s ”Orphée aux Enfers,” Flora in Verdi’s ”La Traviata,” Filippyevna in Tchaikovsky’s ”Eugene Onegin” and Rosalinde in Strauss’ ”Die Fledermaus.” She also covered the roles of Tatyana in ”Eugene Onegin” and the title role in Puccini’s ”Madama Butterfly.”

In recent seasons she made her debut at the National Opera House of Helsinki in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, to great acclaim.  Learning the role in only two weeks, Jenny was praised by the press in making the role ‘brilliantly her own.’  To honor her Prize in the Altamura-Caruso competition, Ms. Sandelin sang two concerts with orchestra in Rumania, which were taped.  Opening the 2019/20 season, Ms. Sandelin performed three concerts in Florence, her prize for the Italian Opera Florence Competition, and continues her season performing concerts in Sweden and in her native Finland.

Also recognized for her talent in mastering contemporary music, Jenny was lauded for her outstanding performances as Manuela in the opera “Simón Bolivar” and the role of the Queen in “Mary Queen of Scots.”  These concerts were held in New York to celebrate the eminent composer Thea Musgrave’s 90th birthday in May 2018.  Another significant debut included the lead role of the Mother in the world premiere of the opera ”Kohti Kotia” written by the renowned Finnish composer, Ilkka Kuusisto.

Ms. Sandelin’s operatic repertoire includes the title roles of Puccini’s Tosca, Manon Lescaut, as well as the role of Leonora in both Verdi’s operas ”Il Trovatore” and ”La forza del destino.”  Jenny is currently preparing Aida (Aida) and Desdemona (Otello), as well as the Wagnerian roles of Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Elsa (Lohengrin) and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser).   She has performed scenes of these operas in concerts.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Sandelin has performed as soloist with orchestras, in oratorios, and excelled in recitals throughout Europe and the US.   She specializes in the Lieder of Sibelius and Kuula, and has been heard in Mozart’s ”Great Mass in C minor,” Pergolesi’s ”Stabat Mater,” Shostakovich’s ”7 Romances” on poems by Alexander Blok, Verdi’s ”Sei Romanze” (1838) and Wagner’s ”Wesendonck Lieder.”

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