Kjerstin Dellert is recognized as one of Sweden’s foremost opera singers in the twentieth century. Born in 1925 in Stockholm, Kjerstin made her debut in the operetta Sköna Helena at the Old Gothenburg Opera Stage in 1951. From the mid-50s through the 1970s she worked at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, performing more than 100 leading roles, and singing alongside artists such as Jussi Björling. Lots of Swedish composers have written works for Kjerstin; of particular note was the leading role in the opera Aniara (1959) by Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Harry Martinson and Erik Lindegren. In 1972, she participated in Sweden’s “Melody Festival” with the song “Kärlek behöver inga ord”, and finished in fourth place.
Kjerstin officially retired from the Swedish Royal Opera in 1979 but continues even today to dazzle audiences in dramatic roles with her captivating personality. As recently as 2005, she made a critically acclaimed appearance as Maria Callas in the play Master Class by Terrence McNally at the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Confidencen, where she is the founding director. This summer and for his 2012 anniversary, Kjerstin will play August Strindberg’s Miss Julie together with the actor Börje Ahlstedt at Confidencen and in Stockholm. Kjerstin has recently published an autobiography, I förtroende.