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Nina Stemme & Donald Runnicles

May 7, 2023
Zellerbach Hall

Neda Navaee

A rare opportunity to experience Nina Stemme’s extraordinary voice in recital! Noted for her brilliant performances as Turandot, Salome, Elektra, and a range of Wagnerian heroines, the Swedish dramatic soprano is considered one of the greatest, most magnetic singers in opera today, renowned for delivering “an uncanny combination of grace and nerve, sumptuousness and steel” (Opera News) in her unforgettable appearances. Stemme was recently a recipient of the coveted Birgit Nilsson Prize, the second singer and the only woman to be honored in the prestigious award’s history. She sings a program that includes works by Wagner and Korngold, plus a selection of Swedish songs, accompanied by another opera luminary at the piano—Donald Runnicles, former music director of San Francisco Opera.

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