Singers » Lena Hoel, mezzo-soprano

Lena Hoel is one of Sweden’s most versatile opera singers. She devotes a great part of her carrier within music to the art of modern classical music.

She has collaborated with Swedish composers such as Anders Eliasson, Daniel Börtz, Thomas Jennefelt, Sven-David Sandström and Arne Mellnäs, some of whom have composed music, even whole operas, especially for her. She has also worked with international names such as Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke.
There are many recordings of these collaborations.

In the summer of 2012 Lena Hoel performed a newly written piece of music called “Sleep of Karolina”, composed by Anders Eliasson. It is a mono-drama for a soprano and 29 musicians with lyrics by Bengt-Emil Jonsson. The whole idea of this project was found by Lena when she made a journey to Borgholm to see Bertil Wallien’s exhibit of sealed glass sculptures. This particular pieces of art were made from a real-life based story about a woman named Karolina. The mono-drama portrays Karolina, who fell asleep for 32 years, depicting dreams versus reality, life and death. The premiere of this opera was performed at the grand opening of a new art gallery named “Artipelag” located on Värmdö.

Lena has sung and performed over 30 leading roles during her time at The Royal Opera of Stockholm. Amongst them we find roles such as Fiordiligi/Cosí fan tutte, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Tatjana/Eugen Onegin and Mimí/La Bohéme.
She has been directed by Ingmar Bergman, Lars Rudolfsson and Götz Friedrich, among many others, and worked with conductors such as Leif Segerstam, Sixten Ehrling and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Another part of her career is the intimate making of music which is represented by chamber music. This is where Lena finds the immediacy of the moment together with her colleagues. Chamber music has also brought Lena to many different festivals around the world, such as Pablo Casals in Prades/France, Kitakyushu/Japan, Delft/Holland, Waterloo/Belgum and many more. She has worked with string quartets such as the Britten Quartet, the Chilingerian Quartet, Georgian Quartet and the Tchaikovsky Trio, with musicians such as Michel Lethiec/clarinet, Patrick Gallois/flute, Isabelle van Keulen/violin. Pianists are Konstantin Bogino, Juhani Lagerspetz, Francois Heisser, Christian Ivaldì, Matti Hirvonen and with Staffan Scheja.

Lena Hoel is more than happy to share some of her experience and knowledge, and therefore has many students and also gives master classes. She cares for the simplicity and intimacy of genuine expression that the art of music holds.

She has also won awards such as the Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson Prizes.

In the autumn of 2013 Lena Hoel portrayed the famous opera singer Christina Nilssson in a play called “Villande Mo” by Mary-Lou Ward. This full-length show was directed by Regionsteatern Kronoberg and performed in various towns in Sweden.