Marit Strindlund

Marit Strindlund is one of Scandinavia’s most interesting and inspiring young conductors.

Embarking on a strong career in opera, Strindlund has recently been appointed Music Director of Folkoperan Opera House in Stockholm, starting with the season of 13/14.

As well as appearing as a symphonic conductor with Sweden’s leading orchestras, she has previously conducted numerous opera and ballet productions in Sweden, the UK and Belgium.

During the last three seasons Marit has worked at Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, as cover conductor for productions with music by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Adès. Saariaho, Fauré and Liszt.

In the spring and autumn of 2012 Strindlund conducted a very successful production of Debussy´s opera Pélleas et Mélisande in a coproduction for Muziektheater Transparant Antwerpen and Bergen National Opera, with support from Vlaamse Opera. Her conducting received great acclaim in Belgian, French and Norwegian press reviews.

For Muziektheater Transparant Antwerpen she has also conducted a production of Songs of Wars by Heiner Goebbels, which opened the Rotterdam Operadagen in May 2013.

An other highlight of Strindlund’s 12/13 season was conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Demokrati, a staged production including music such as Rite of Spring, Adagio from Mahler’s 10th symphony, and Schostakovich’s 10th symphony.

Besides working at Covent Garden, Strindlund has in the UK also conducted performances of Puccini’s La Rondine for British Youth Opera at the Peacock theatre/Sadler’s Wells. For Opera Garden Aberdeen, she has conducted Turn of the Screw, to raving reviews in the Opera Magazine and the Times, as well as a production of Hansel and Gretel, and been assistant conductor for Falstaff.

At the Gothenburg Opera house Strindlund has conducted the world premiere of Bröderna Lejonhjärta, followed by an extensive tour, and in the same house worked as assistant conductor for La Cenerentola.

At the Värmland Opera house she has conducted a production of Magic Flute, several opera concerts including repertoire from Cavalleria Rusticana, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Barber of Seville, and a concert version of La Bohème, as well as being assistant conductor for an opera gala with José Carreras.

For Gothenburg Opera Studio she conducted in 2009 a very successful The Consul, and she regularly gives master classes in interpretation at the Gothenburg Opera Studio.

Strindlund has taken a keen interest in contemporary opera, and recently performed a production of the chamber opera Kvinnogräl by Werle at the Atalante theatre, Gothenburg, which attracted attention and positive press.

She appears regularly as symphonic conductor with orchestras such as Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra,Västerås Sinfonietta, Dalasinfoniettan, Värmland Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, London Southbank Sinfonia, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Symphony Orchestra, Östgöta Blåssymfoniker. Strindlund also works closely together with contemporary music ensembles such as KammarensembleN, Gageego, Spectra, etc.

A strong interest in contemporary music resulted in Marit being beeing artistic director for EUFONIA - festival for contemporary chamber music in Jämtland, Sweden, during the seasons of 2003-2006.

Marit has together with KammarensembleN, Sweden’s most renowned contemporary music ensemble, made recordings for the Swedish National Television (SVT 2) and Radio (P2), as well as two concert tours.

Marit was born and raised in Sweden. She finished her conducting studies in 2006 by obtaining her Master degree specialising in opera conducting, at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Mark Elder and Mark Shanahan. Previously Strindlund studied conducting for four years at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with Prof. Jorma Panula.

Marit has taken an active part in conducting master classes led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Mark Elder and Sylvain Cambreling.

Future engagements: include her first production as Music Director of Folkoperan Opera House Stockholm, which will be the Magic Flute, opening September 2013.

A revival tour of the production of Goebbel’s Songs of Wars for Muziektheater Transparant, (with performances in Belgium, Holland and Germany).

Concert productions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Jönköping Sinfonietta, amongst others.

 

Languages:

Speak: English, French and Russian (Native language is Swedish)

Read: Italian and German

 

Contact details:

Email: marit@strindlund.se

Mobile: +46 73 635 58 03 (Sweden), +44 (0)75 837 57 216 (UK)

 

Agent:

Tom Kristensen, Tivoli Crescendi Artists

tk@tcartists.com

+45 218 55 861

 

References:

 

Guy Coolen, Artistic Director Muziektheater Transparant

guy@transparant.be, tel: + 32 (0)3 225 17 02

 

BarryWordsworth, Music Director Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Covent Garden

barry.wordsworth@roh.org.uk, +44 (0)780 2701 251

 

Peter Robinson, Artistic Director British Youth Opera

peter@byo.org.uk, tel: + 44 (0)20 8888 4437

 

Gidon Saks, former Artistic Director Opera Garden Aberdeen, and singer (active as soloist at Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Washington Opera, Bregenz Opera festival, etc)

gijasa@gmail.com, tel: +32 496 077 921

 

 

Productions with Marit Strindlund

Production Function
Usher - (Current season)Conductor
Usher - (Season 2018-2019)Conductor
Songs of war - (Season 2013-2014)Musical Direction
Pelleas et Melisande - (Season 2011-2012)Musical Direction
An Index of Memories - (Season 2009-2010)Musical Direction