Josefine Andersson Mezzo-soprano
"The intensity of her voice, her technichal surplus and at last but not least her calm and confident, friendly gaze constituted the highlight of the concert."
Josefine Andersson has been working on Scandinavian opera’s most prestigious stages for more than a decade, despite only recently graduating from the Royal Opera Academy in Stockholm. She made her professional debut in Copenhagen in 2009, singing Dryad in the Royal Danish Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos. She has since sung Kunstgewerblerin (Lulu), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the company, in addition to Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Malmö Opera and Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) for the Funen Opera (Den Fynske Opera).
Other roles have taken Josefine to the Folkoperan (Stockholm), Trondheim Opera, The Nordic Opera, Skånska Opera, Wermland Opera, Läckö Castle Opera and Guido Paevetalu’s startup company Guidopera. She has worked with leading conductors including Michael Boder, Krzysztof Urbański, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Shelley, Rumon Gamba, Henrik Schaefer and the late Freidemann Layer, and with renowned stage directors including Olivier Py, Stefan Herheim and Robert Carsen. Josefine’s repertoire has already ranged from Handel’s Sesto to newly created roles, and it continues to expand.
As a concert soloist, Josefine has appeared with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Orchestra of Norrlands Opera in music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Copland and Boulanger. She has made the exploration of Scandinavian art song a particular specialty, and formed the Nordic Light Duo with the pianist Daniel Beskow to bring the treasury of Nordic song to a wider audience.
Josefine was a finalist in the singing category of the Stenhammar Competition in 2018 and participated in the Académie européenne de musique at Aix en Provence. She is a recipient of the Jenny Lind Scholarship (2012), the Christina Nilsson Stipend (2019) and the Reumert Talent Prize (2013). She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and at the Opera Academies of Copenhagen and Stockholm. She has participated in master-classes with Helmut Deutsch, Diana Montague, Dorothy Irving, Mikael Eliasen, Felicity Palmer and Anne Sofie von Otter, who in the summer of 2020 described her voice as ‘exceptionally beautiful’.