The young Swedish mezzo-soprano, Solgerd Isalv, was born in 1982 in Råneå. She started her musical life playing the viola and found her way through this instrument to her passion for singing. She studied solo voice at the Operakademie of the university of Göteborg with Marianne Schell, and received numerous grants and commendations for her singing. Sie took part in masterclasses with Stig Andersen, Helena Döse, Håkan Hagenård, Marianne Häggander, Marin Isepp, Anna Larsson, Thomas Quasthoff and Birgitta Svendén. She is currently under the tutelage of John Norris.
While still a student, she sang important roles such as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. Additional student engagements followed with the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and as Mercedes in Carmen at the Skanskaer Opera and as Olga (under-study) in Eugen Onegin at the Göteborger Oper. In 2009, Solgerd Isalv performed the role of Lukretia in Rape of Lucretia at the Kammeroper of Rheinsberg, thereby successfully presenting her German debut. She again performed the same role the following year at the Miskolci Nemzetközi Operafesztivál in Hungry in conjuction with Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen/Gena. This was followed by the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at the Kulturhuset in Jäma.
Future plans for 2011 include a production of the Verwandlung at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and plans for 2012 include the role of Olga in Eugen Onegin at the Vaasan Oper.
Solgerd Isalv possesses a wide concert repertoire in addition to Bach oratorios and cantatas, which includes Ravel‘s Shéhérazade and Elgar‘s Sea Pictures in addition to Mahler and Wagner Lieder. Solgerd Isalv currently lives in Berlin.