Born in Stockholm, mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She has worked with Simon Rattle, Charles Mackerras, Mark Elder, Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst, and Ivor Bolton.
Ms. Karnéus’s operatic engagements have included appearances at The Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Her repertoire includes the great mezzo roles of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, and Strauss. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, NDR Symphony, Vienna Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and Salzburg Festival. She has been heard in recital at major venues internationally, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Brussels’s La Monnaie, and in Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
Recent and future concert engagements include the Hallé Orchestra, BBC NOW, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Orquesta sinfonica Castilla y Leon, Dresden Philharmonie, as well as the Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide symphony orchestras and Netherlands Philharmonic. She tours Europe and the US with the San Francisco Symphony, and performs at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Baltic Sea Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, and BBC Proms, and gives recitals at the Concertgebouw, Stockholm Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall. Operatic engagements include Gothenburg, Stuttgart, Basel, Frankfurt, and Barcelona, and at the Royal Opera House and Opera North.
Katarina Karnéus is a member of the Gothenburg Opera and acts as an international ambassador for the company. She was recently presented with the Litteris et Artibus medal by H.M. The King of Sweden.