The Swedish mezzo-soprano Annastina Malm studied Literature and History of Theatre in Stockholm and Paris before pursuing her vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, L’Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay and University College of Opera in Stockholm (Extended Opera).
She made her stage debut as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opéra Studio de Genève on an extensive tour in France and Switzerland and has since then appeared in numerous productions at major concert venues and festivals in and around Europe, in a broad repertoire spanning from early to contemporary music.
In 2012, Annastina made her debut on the big screen in France and Switzerland as La Marieuse, mezzo-soprano solo, in the musical feature film Noces on Stravinsky’s Les Noces by French director Philippe Béziat. She made her Belgian debut at Opéra Royal de Wallonie as Sibyl in Sibyl et les Silhouettes (world premiere) by Line Adam and took part in the Vadstena Summer Festival, where she sang the parts of Mathilda Bennet and Betty in the critically acclaimed revival of the Swedish opéretta Silverringenat Vadstena Gamla Teater. In 2013, Annastina sang the part of Brigitte in the revival of Colin-Maillard, an opéra-comique by Aristide Hignard et Jules Verne with Les Frivolités Parisiennes, participated in Electric Body Songs, an exploration of opera and interactivity under the guidance of Carl Unander-Scharin at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and performed a programme of music by the composers at the court of Queen Christina of Sweden in Vadstena Summer Festival and Stockholm. Engagements in 2014 included her Austrian debut as La Statue in Rameau’s Pigmalion with L’Orfeo Barockorchester conducted by Michi Gaigg, Kokerskan in the opera Hjärtats Nycklar (world premiere) by Peter Bruun and Ylva Eggehorn in Umeå in a staging by Patrik Sörling, with Norbotten NEO conducted by Mats Rondin, a programme of Monteverdi’s operas and madrigals with French ensemble Sagittarius conducted by Michel Laplénie as well as a song recital at the Swedish Institute in Paris with pianist Magnus Svensson.
Other engagements include Fanchon in Les Troqueurs by Dauvergne at Cité de la Musique in Paris, Madame de and Une Citoyenne in Allégorie Forever by Marie-Hélène Fournier at Festival d’Ambronay, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte on tour with Opera Eclaté, Juditha and Vagaus in Juditha Triumphans by Vivaldi as well as Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with l’Ensemble Instrumental Romand in Geneva.
In 2015 Annastina made her debut as a stage director in the acclaimed Les Grandes Nuits about French Duchesse Anne Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon-Condé at Vadstena Summer Opera Festival. Other projects for 2015 include the part of Yvette in Boris Christ, an audiovisual opera by Marcus Fjellström and Daniel Pedersen, staging by Patrick Sörling with Norrbotten NEO conducted by Jonas Dominique.
In 2016 Annastina performed a programme of Swedish contemporary music together with pianist Anna Christensson at the Bulgarian National Radio, participated in a recording dedicated exclusively to Heinrich Schütz with French ensemble Sagittarius (cond: Michel Laplénie) and toured Sweden with a programme about the composers at the court of Queen Christina of Sweden with her own ensemble, Camerata dei Curiosi.
Recent engagements include a programme of Neapolitan cantatas and arias with Swedish ensemble Brustna Hjärtan Barock, a recital of Swedish song at the Sofia Philharmonic with pianist Anna Christensson, Pomone and Une musicienne italienne in the opéra-ballet Solen och Nordstjärnan (Desfontaines – Lully – Düben) conducted by Dan Laurin at Vadstena Opera Festival as well as the part of Dardane in Haydn’s opera l’Incontro Improvviso with Orfeo Barockorchester conducted by Michi Gaigg, performed at Donau Festwochen in Austria, as well as a recording of the same work for the German label CPO, released in 2021.
During the upcoming season (2021-2022) Annastina will perform a programme of Italian 18th Century music with Orpheus Baroque Stockholm conducted by Mariangiola Martello in Grünewaldssalen in the Stockholm Concert Hall. She will sing the part of Emira in Händel’s Siroe, re di Persia in a staging by Kobie van Rensburg with Orfeo Barockorchester under the baton of Erich Traxler at the Donau Festwochen and Händel Festspiele in Halle, perform in a concert of female composers at the court theatre Confidencen in Stockholm with the Orchestra Damkapellet conducted by Mariangiola Martello and Anna Christensson and also stage an opera based on the book My happy life by Rose Lagercrantz at the Swedish Institute in Paris,a production in which she will also perform the part of Dunne.
Annastina has received generous support from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Musikaliska Akademien, Konstnärsnämnden, Sonia & Gustav Forssius stiftelse and Adami.
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