Susanne Rydén Swedish soprano born 1962

Susanne Rydén Swedish soprano born 1962

The Swedish soloist Susanne Rydén is one of Europe’s successful sopranos specialising in early music. Her love and understanding of the colourful Baroque repertoire regularly has led her to work with internationally acclaimed ensembles and conductors, recent concert seasons having included the part of Dorinda in Handel’s opera Orlando at the Handel Festival in Göttingen, at the Drottningholm Court Theatre in Stockholm as well as in San Fransisco under the direction of Nicholas McGegan.

Susanne Rydén Swedish soprano born 1962

The St. Matthew Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereiniging, a programme of Handel with Harry Bicket and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, Haydn’s Creation with the Kölner Akademie, Handel’s Messiah with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki, concerts with Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Concerto Copenhagen, Mozart Concert Arias with the Australian Brandenburg Baroque Orchestra and Paul Dyer, and European tours with Emma Kirkby as well as Collegium Vocale and Philippe Herreweghe.
In 2009 she could be seen and heard as the soloist at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm.

Guest artist

Susanne Rydén frequently appears as a guest artist at major European music festivals and concert venues, and her global touring has taken in, for example, Australia, the USA, Japan, Russia and South Africa. She has performed at numerous European opera houses and festivals in roles including Dido, (Dido and Aeneas) and Titania (The Fairy Queen) by Purcell, Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), La Musica (L’Orfeo) and Minerva (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse) by Monteverdi, Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice) by Gluck, Dorinda (Orlando), Galathea (Acis and Galathea) and Meleagro (Atalanta) by Handel, and Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors) by Menotti.

Song of Songs

In 2004 she sang the soprano solo in the opera Song of Songs, a role written especially for her by the Swedish composer Hans-Ola Ericsson. She was designer and creator of the elaborately staged performance depicting the life of the Swedish queen Christina’s Journey, which toured Europe between 2004 and 2007 (

Awarded prizes

The production was awarded various prizes and Susanne Rydén honoured by the Swedish Early Music Society for her services to early music. A television production of Christina’s Journey was recorded by Swedish television and broadcast on the national network. Susanne Rydén has worked with several choreographers and dancers, for example Ismael Ivo, the Serapions Ensemble, Susanne Jaresand and Catherine Turocy and is familiar with both modern choreography and baroque gestures.

Chamber Music

Susanne Rydén’s deep fascination with chamber music has led her to explore – with the fortepiano specialist Mark Tatlow – the song repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. Their first joint recording, Haydn Songs and Cantatas was released in August 2007. Ms Rydén’s many other chamber music partners include Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Jaap ter Linden, the Freitagsakademie, and the ensemble Bell’arte Salzburg. The contemporary Swedish composers Kim Hedǻs and Hans-Ola Ericsson are presently composing chamber music for Susanne Rydén, as is the in Brussels based Swiss composer, Simon Ho. (


Susanne Rydén has made numerous recordings for labels including Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Winter&Winter, Caprice and cpo Germany, several of which have won awards. Future recordings include Handel Cantatas, a second duo-recording with Emma Kirkby, being due for release in May 2010, followed by a European concert tour.

Utrecht Early Music Festiva och Bremer Festwochen.

The 2010 season will see Susanne Rydén appearing at the Utrecht Early Music Festival as well as the Bremer Festwochen. She will sing with the New Dutch Academy and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and tour Israel singing Bach Cantatas together with the Israel Camerata. In 2011 she will sing the title role in Handel’s opera Teseo at the Handel Festival in Göttingen and perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as Handel’s Messiah with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Fransisco.


Susanne Rydén studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She is now herself in constant demand to teach at music festivals around the world.
In 2007 she was appointed member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and 2011 she received the medal ”Litteris et Artibus” from the King of Sweden who also awarded her the honorary medal of Drottningholm in June 2013.

Founder and artistic director

Susanne is the founder and artistic director of Smålands Kulturfestival

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