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Ida Falk Winland – new soloist at the Göteborg Opera

Ida Falk Winland is becoming a new soloist at the Göteborg Opera. She has been linked to the house for five seasons. Ida Falk Winland is in the midst of a brilliant international career and will be interweaving her roles at the Göteborg Opera with commitments at opera houses and concert halls around the world.

This is the first time that Ida Falk Winland has linked herself to one opera house.

"I have always felt at home in Gothenburg and above all at the Göteborg Opera. The Göteborg Opera is an opera house that dares to do the unexpected. Daring to show off, daring to invest in new talent and constantly at the leading edge with new productions and repertoires whether that involves opera, musicals or dance. It is also an opera house that invests greatly in the work environment and making people feel at home, welcoming its artists with open arms. I also feel that the Gothenburg audience has welcomed me with open arms. I am therefore looking forward to this collaborative venture with great pleasure and pride," says Ida Falk Winland.

Ida Falk Winland was born and brought up in Sweden. She has studied in the UK under Lillian Watson at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School (Royal College of Music), and at the National Opera Studio. She played one of her first major operatic roles at the Göteborg Opera in 2008 as Cleopatra in Handel's Julius Caesar. At the Göteborg Opera, she has also earned praise interpreting roles such as Morgana in Alcina and most recently, in spring 2013, as Rosina in the Barber of Seville. In spring 2014, she will be playing Princess Eudoxie in La Juive - Fromental Halévy's striking drama about exclusion, love and oppression.

"I am absolutely thrilled that Ida is joining the company. She had some of her earliest successes on the stage in Göteborg, and much loved by audiences and colleagues alike. Ida is an accomplished and versatile artist with a burgeoning international career – I am looking forward to many exciting collaborations in the years ahead says Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/Drama at the Göteborg Opera.

Ida has performed at many international opera stages, including La Scala in Milan, the Glyndebourne Festival, and the Royal Opera House in London. She has won distinction in competitions for soloists and has sung at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. In addition, she is regularly engaged as a concert soloist and has performed with several symphony orchestras abroad, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. During the 2010-2011 season, she was selected as one of the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) Rising Stars, which led to concerts in a number of leading European concert halls and in the Carnegie Hall in New York.

"It is just fantastic that the Göteborg Opera is attracting Swedish opera soloists with prominent international careers. Engaging Falk Winland is a further important step in our vision of becoming one of Northern Europe's leading opera houses and we are incredibly pleased that she has chosen to link herself to us. This gives us the opportunity to shine even more brightly and reach even higher, in pitch as well as quality," says Peter Hansson, CEO at the Göteborg Opera.

Ida's involvement as a soloist at the Göteborg Opera starts immediately and will last over five seasons.

Press images of Ida Falk Winland can be downloaded from the Göteborg Opera website, opera.se/press.

For further information, please contact: Jenny Jernberg, Press Officer at the Göteborg Opera tel. +46 (0)31 10 80 35 / +46 (0)76 01 80 35 or at jenny.jernberg@opera.se

Media voices about Ida Falk Winland in earlier roles at the Göteborg Opera:

"Ida Falk Winland, who sets her Morgana on fire, sparkling as if she were in a position to alter the opera's foundations and break down the walls all by herself." Dagens Nyheter about Alcina

"Ida Falk Winland has found a perfect balance between the crystal-clear high notes and a sort of melodic intimacy in Morgana's contributions…" Göteborgs-Posten about Alcina

"...Ida Falk Winland who, with her feather-light voice took up Rosina's cause and, in the delicious cavatina, put the coloraturas in their proper place." Hallands Nyheter about the Barber of Seville

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