“Few manage to encompass [Kundry’s] sensuality and her wild extremes as comprehensively as Dalayman’s first-class singing did.”(Richard Fairman, Financial Times)
Throughout a long and prestigious international career as a soprano, Katarina Dalayman built her reputation as a performer of strong dramatic interpretation and impeccable musicianship on demanding roles such as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), Marie (Wozzeck), Lisa (Queen of Spades), Katarina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Kundry (Parsifal) and Elektra. With a particularly strong association to Wagner’s Brünnhilde, Dalayman has appeared in Ring cycles at Opéra National de Paris, Wiener and Bayerische Staatsopers, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Salzburger Festspiele, Festival d’Aix en Provence and at the Metropolitan Opera.
Now focused on a mezzo-soprano repertoire, Dalayman has recently made a variety of widely-praised role debuts: at the Royal Swedish Opera as Herodias (Salome), Klytämnestra (Elektra), Amneris (Aida), Kostelnička (Jenůfa) and Fricka (Die Walküre), at Teatro Real Madrid as Jezibaba (Rusalka) and, marking a Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut, Kabanicha (Kát’a Kabanová) under Music Director Robin Ticciati. At Bayerische Staatsoper, Dalayman featured in the world-premiere of Hans Abrahamsen‘s The Snow Queen, conducted by Cornelius Meister, she joined Kirill Petrenko as La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) in a special project with the Berlin Philharmonic Academy and, under Chief Conductor Karina Canellakis, she sang Kabanicha with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of NTR ZaterdagMatinee series at Het Concertgebouw.
Dalayman’s 2022/23 season features a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Herodias with Alexander Soddy, a debut at Washington National Opera as Klytämnestra under Evan Rogister and in Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production and her first performances as Madame de Croissy in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Dialogues des Carmélites at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducted by Robin Ticciati. She further joins the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall for concert performances of Kát’a Kabanová under Sir Simon Rattle.
A strong concert performer, Dalayman has appeared with many major orchestras including Wiener Philharmoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker and with Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Her varied repertoire includes classics such as Mahler’s Symphony No.8, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder alongside less-often performed works such as Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, Brahms’ and Nyström’s Sinfonia del Mare.
Dalayman’s discography includes Marietta in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt with Royal Swedish Opera and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) on DVD recorded live from The Metropolitan Opera. She was also recently broadcast live around the world as Kundry (Parsifal) as part of The Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ series. Katarina Dalayman has been recognised for her outstanding service to the arts by her homeland of Sweden by her special appointment as court singer to the King as well as with the royal medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’.
“Katarina Dalayman’s Kabanicha (one of opera’s most nightmarish mothers) was fearsome, her mezzo dripping with velveteen nastiness.”
“Not just because she had the glamorous advantage, the star of the evening was Katarina Dalayman’s Amneris in a performance of intensity and smooth, rich tone that got darker the lower it went.”
“[Katarina Dalayman’s] interpretation [of Klytaemnestra] was intense and believable: she was composed…one moment, the next moment, she was completely broken”
“Katarina Dalayman’s Kundry was the Prom’s other clinching performance and, equally vividly, it jumps off the recording. Her voice projects Kundry’s weird, conflicted psychology brilliantly and, with Elder’s support, steers us through the complexities of Act Two”
“Best of the soloists is Katarina Dalayman [as Kundry]”
“Of the protagonists, only one, Katarina Dalayman as Kundry, retains her lustre; her portrayal conjures dramatic presence out of every phrase and can compare with the best of those already available on disc. No one else matches her combination of intensity and vocal security.”
“Katarina Dalayman was an unusually sympathetic Fricka, with an easy top”
“Already remarkable in Das Rheingold, Katarina Dalayman is a tigress one can’t resist as Fricka. The ease with which the voice has evolved and homogenously developed in the lower registers validates her switch to more mezzo roles.”
“Katarina Dalayman (Fricka) charted every blow in their marital argument. Dalayman, regal and opulent of voice, wheedling and demanding the abandonment of Siegmund”
“Katarina Dalayman sang with fiery passion as the Foreign Princess.”
“The Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman is subtly conniving as the Foreign Princess.”
“Katarina Dalayman – that most downwardly mobile of sopranos – brought eloquent warmth to the officially mezzo part of Jocasta.”
“Katarina Dalayman’s Judith was compellingly characterized”