Since her operatic debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in 1998, Swedish soprano Miah Persson has distinguished herself as one of the world’s principal Mozart interpreters, leaving a lasting legacy on those lyric soprano roles for which she has become most celebrated: Susanna; Zerlina in Don Giovanni; Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier; Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea; and later, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. Having "added a burnish of gold to the silvery soprano that served her so well in Mozart roles" (The Sunday Times), Miah Persson has now "cemented her place as one of the most intelligent Strauss sopranos of our time at the peak of her powers" (Bachtrack), with impactful role debuts as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and the Countess in Capriccio. The St. John Passion on March 10 and 11 marks her debut with Music of the Baroque.
Highlights of the 2022-23 season include a return to the role of the Governess in Turn of the Screw with Budapest Festival Orchestra in Budapest and Vicenza; Countess Almaviva in the first revival of Opéra National de Paris’ new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Palais Garnier; the role of Solomon’s Queen in a tour of Handel’s Solomon with Harry Bicket and The English Concert, performing at Carnegie Hall, LA Opera, San Francisco, London, and Madrid; Missa Solemnis with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Haydn’s Creation with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal conducted by Bernard Labadie; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre National de Lyon conducted by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Miah Persson also returns to Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out, a chamber opera for soprano and 3D film, for performances at Zellerbach Hall, Cal Performances Berkeley, and at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam.
Additional career highlights include performed Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, and Pamina in Die zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; the title role in L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Governess in Turn of the Screw at Teatro alla Scala; Fiordiligi, Sophie, and Susanna, at the Wiener Staatsoper; Governess, Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival; Donna Elvira at the Theatre Champs Elysées and the Liceu Barcelona; Fiordiligi at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, New National Theatre Tokyo, Bayerische Staatsoper in Stockholm, and for a Deutsche Grammophon recording at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; Iris in Sunken Garden for Dallas Opera; and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Carnegie Hall. She also created the central role in Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out for the Netherlands Opera with performances in Amsterdam, Rome, and the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
In concert, Miah Persson has sung Bach's Mass in B Minor at Teatro La Fenice; the St. Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the BBC Proms; Brahms' Requiem with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and the London Philharmonic; Peer Gynt with the Vienna Symphony; Haydn's Nelson Mass at the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg; The Seasons with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic; Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, London Symphony, Teatro alla Scala, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg; Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Basque National Orchestra, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Orchestre National de Lille; Des Knaben Wunderhorn for the Gulbenkian Foundation; the Mozart Requiem with the LA Philharmonic; Schumann's Faust Szenen with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; Vier letzte Lieder with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orkester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra; The Creation at the Verbier Festival; as well as recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Pierre Boulezsaal, Spivey Hall, the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Cal Performances at Berkeley, Vancouver Playhouse, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.