Nordin, Lena, Swedish soprano; b. Visby, Feb. 18, 1956. She studied at the Malmö Musikhögskolan and the Stockholm Musikhögskolan, and in Salzburg, Florence, and Siena. In 1984 she attracted notice with her performance of Rameau’s Aricie at the Swedish Baroque Festival. In 1986 she made her debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Luisa Miller and in 1987 she was awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize. In subsequent years, she appeared at the Royal Opera in such roles as Cleopatra, Donna Anna, Constanze, Maria Stuarda, Marguerite, and Sophie. Her portrayal of Norma there in 1997 was acclaimed. That same year, she was awarded the Jussi Björling Prize. As a guest artist, she sang in Copenhagen, Wexford, London, Dresden, Moscow, and other European cities. She also toured as a concert artist in Europe and the U.S.
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