Born in Stockholm, mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She has worked with leading conductors, including Ivor Bolton, Mark Elder, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Franz Welser-Möst.
Ms. Karnéus’s opera engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Liceu Opera Barcelona, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her repertoire includes the great mezzo-soprano roles in operas by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, and Richard Strauss, as well as major bel canto roles. In concert, Ms. Karnéus has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie, Vienna Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony orchestras; she has also appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and Salzburg Festival. As a recitalist, Ms. Karnéus has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center, Brussels’s La Monnaie, and Stockholm Concert Hall.
Katarina Karnéus is a member of Gothenburg Opera and acts as an international ambassador for the company. She was presented with the Litteris et Artibus medal by H.M. The King of Sweden.