Singers » Karolina Blixt, mezzo-soprano

Karolina Blixt began her classical music training in Sweden at the Vadstena College of Lied and Opera at the age of 27. She had earlier studied painting and sculpture at the Gotland School of Arts and Social science at the Lund University, Sweden. After two years in Vadstena she started her studies at the Stockholm University College of Opera where she graduated in 2007. She made her breakthrough with the role of Xerxes in the opera by Händel at the Drottningholm Theatre in 2007.

Since then Karolina has worked on opera stages, concert halls and in numbers of various chamber music coherences all around Sweden as well as abroad, e.g. the Stockholm Royal Opera, Festival d´Aix en Provence, the Beckett Theatre, Wexford Opera, Hellenic Festival, the Gothenburg Opera, the Malmö Opera, the Stockholm Folkopera, Theatre Carré, Confidencen, Malmö Concerthall, Gothenburg Concerthall, and Berwaldhallen.

In 2010 she made her debut at the Festival d´Aix en Provence with the role of Phaèdre in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau with Sir William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, directed by the legendary choreographer Trisha Brown (New York). Karolina got great reviews for her singing performance and incorporation of the very complex choreography. She has several times since performed and worked together with dancers, choreographers and dance companies, e.g. the Animated State Dance Company (Ireland), Cisco Aznar (Spain), Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece), and Lotta Melin (Sweden).

Alongside her traditional work with the classical music Karolina has kept an aspiration for developing, examining, investigating and refining the art form. By using and combining different theatrical and scenic expressions together with different kinds of classical repertoire, she has created new and exciting ways of performing the art form proven to be very successful.

The Burlesque Variety Show at the Gothenburg Bookfare, her Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen at the Forshaga Chambermusic Festival and Vivaldi songs are some examples, alongside a number of opera and lied concerts. Her most recent work is her opera show Opera für Alle! with which she has just enjoyed a huge success at the Stockholm City Theatre/Klara Soppteater (Stockholms Stadsteater). Great sources of inspiration are Gustav Mahler, Kurt Weill, Yma Sumac, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Mats Ek, Birgitta Egerbladh and Lars Rudolphsson.