Sunday, 15 March 2009

Malena Ernman, operatic mezzosoprano and pop princess

Swedish operatic lyric mezzo-soprano Malena Ernman (born 1970), whom some may remember as a stunning Miss Julie in Philippe Boesmans opera in Aix-en-Provence (or on DVD), just won the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest Final with "La Voix", a rather strange mix of Nessun Dorma and synthesizer pop. She will now represent Sweden in the Eurovision final in Moscow.

Upcoming engagements include Cenerentola in Frankfurt and Stockholm as well as Dido in Wien.

Malena Ernman in the Eurovision Song Contest with La Voix:

And Malena Ernman at her "normal job" as a rather superb Nerone (Agrippina) with René Jacobs from Paris Theatre Champs-Elysées (cast includes Antonacci and Miah Persson):


Anonymous said...

The only thing I am unhappy about, with the Eurovision Song Contest, is that the use of English, in the Contest, increases year by year. May I say, as a native English speaker, that this unfair.

The time has come to break this habit of "language imperialism", in the Eurovision Song Contest, and use a song, sung in Esperanto instead!

This is a serious suggestion, as you can see from the Esperanto music which is already available at or at

There's even cheesy Esperanto music available! See as well as

Anonymous said...

Well, Brian, not quite fair for this particular song, as not only the title but the whole chorus is in French... well, a kind of French.
(just like ABBA's lyrics were written in a kind of very peculiar English...)

Anonymous said...

Listen to this...she is just great great her

mostly opera... said...

Yes she is rather superb here, and I posted the video above. Thanks for pointing me towards it. The whole production looks pretty stunning, though.

Anonymous said...

OMG. I was shocked.... I watched first Agrippina... and I said , ok this is ok, she can sing... etc. AND then DA HORROR. that eurovision song is the crap of crap. Why does she need that????? I totally don't understand. It is quite acceptable if the song would be ok. BUT it is trash.... OMG I'm still shocked. :)

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