The “electric” Swedish-American soprano Kristine Nowlain is in her second year at the Malmö Opera Academy. She will premier as Cupido in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers at Malmö Opera in February, 2020. This autumn she will sing opera, operetta, musical theater and dance in Malmö Opera’s Jubileumsturné with Rickard Söderberg, with 36 performances throughout southern Sweden. She will perform in the 2020-2021 season as well. During the 2019/20 season she is the cover for Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten) as well as for Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and in 2018 she was the cover for Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, all on Malmö Opera’s main stage. Some of her favorite performed roles (in part and/or complete) are Calisto (La Calisto, Cavalli), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge, Barber), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Despina (Così fan tutte, Mozart), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti). 

Along with her love for opera, Kristine has found her artistic voice in lieder, chamber music, music composed by women and through a wide variety of musical projects. In 2018, she performed the Scandinavian premier of woman.life.song by Judith Weir, a piece written for a 19-piece chamber orchestra and soprano with texts by Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Clarissa Pinkola Estés, conducted by Sofia Winiarski. Click here to read her thesis about the importance of choosing repertoire with an intersectional perspective and an analysis of woman.life.song.

During her studies at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, she was selected as a soloist with Kungliga Musikhögskolans Strings Orchestra as well as Cello Orchestra. In 2017 she was selected as a member of the “core-team” of 12 singers in performance artist Marina Abramovic’s week-long performance piece The Cleaner at The Modern Art Museum, Stockholm. Other singers included current and previous members of i.e. The Real Group and Rajaton. She was selected as one of 62 participants from over 400 applicants to participate in the prestigious Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Helsinki, 2019.

Kristine was born and raised in San Francisco, California in a Swedish-American family. She has studied voice in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Malmö and Copenhagen. In 2012 she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Music and minors in Sociology and Latin American Studies. In June 2018 she completed her bachelors at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She currently studies voice with Kirsten Buhl Møller.

She has received scholarships from Familjen John Anderssons i Anderslöv Stiftelse, Anders Sandrews Stiftelse, Stiftelsen Petersenska Hemmet, Torsten Tegstams Scholarship for Studies in Music and Musicology, Royal College of Music Scholarship, Royal Swedish Academy of Music Scholarship, Anna Whitlocks Minnesfond, The Howard Swan Award, and more.

Along with classical voice studies, she freelances as a soloist and a member of various vocal ensembles, including Palaestra Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Cecilia Martin-Löf. She has lead a choir and has given lectures on equity and norms through Make Equal and Popkollo and organized music camps for girls and trans youth in Botkyrka, just south of Stockholm. She has been deeply involved in Popkollo in Sweden and Girls Rock Camp Alliance (internationally). She has also been known to dabble with writing her own music with a pop/soul influence and powerful vocals and texts.

Follow her on Instagram: @kristinenowlain

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