© Krister Atle-Sahlén
© Krister Atle-Sahlén

Erika Sunnegårdh

– World Management except Scandinavia –

After her critically acclaimed operatic debut in 2004 in the role of Turandot at the Malmö Opera, and her much publicized MET-Debut as Leonore/Fidelio in 2006, Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnegårdh established herself as a unique and touching artist; earning a reputation for her ability to integrate effective musicianship with uncompromisingly fearless and emotionally nuanced characterisations.

Roles like Salome, Chrysothemis, Leonore, Turandot, Tosca, Senta, and Kaiserin have dominated her career; while novelties like Euryanthe, Jenufa, Regan (Lear), Eva (Autumn Sonata), and Paulina (Death and the Maiden) have enriched and deepened her artistic commitment. She has appeared at opera houses such as Metropolitan Opera New York,  Vienna State Opera, Liceu Barcelona, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Köln, Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera Stockholm, Oslo Opera,  Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Regio Torino, New National Theatre Tokyo, to mention but a few.

During 2019-20, Erika Sunnegårdh repeated the role of Regan in Calixto Bieito’s Lear in Florence and Paris; as well as Eva in the critically acclaimed World Premiere production of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Autumn Sonata (Finnish National Opera 2017), which took off for Malmö Opera and the Hong Kong Cultural Festival. In January 2020 she sang Leonore at the National Theatre Prague before her debut at Teatro Real Madrid, again as Regan in Bieito’s production of Lear under the baton of Simone Young. 

In concert she has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the RAI Orchestra, Danish Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Malmö Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall,  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Finnish National Radio, and the percussion ensemble Kroumata; her repertoire has included the Verdi Requiem, the Mahler Eighth Symphony, Rossini Stabat Mater, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Janacek’s Glacolitic Mass, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, songs by Schoenberg, Sibelius, Rangström, and Strauss, as well as opera in concert and newly commissioned works.

Erika Sunnegårdh has had the pleasure of working with wonderful conductors, including Marco Armiliato, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Myung Wun Chung, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, John Fiore, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Harding, Will Humburg, Lothar Koenigs, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Cornelius Meister, Gianandrea Noseda, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle and Stefan Soltesz.

She earned her Bachelor Degree at the Manhattan School of Music and Master’s Degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music at City University of New York, studied at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, and International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy; all on scholarship.

Ms. Sunnegårdh continues her commitment to music communication, working for the expansion of arts and music throughout the medical care system in Sweden, and encouraging in her teaching a deepening and active civic conscience through music-making.


March 2020 – For the most recent biography please contact Nicola Kamphausen