"If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing." - J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Maria Forsström comes back this season to the Oxford Lieder Festival for the third time in October, where she will be singing Mahler Kindertotenlieder and Sibelius songs with the pianist Matti Hirvonen. She sings Sibelius’ Kullervo with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in November, Verdi Requiem in the Gothenburg Concert Hall and Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler Symphony No 3 with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Maria has performed with among others the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, the Warsaw Philharmony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR, the Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra NFM, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki National Opera Orchestra, and Musica Aeterna, Perm, Russia, performing on opera stages in Europe, Russia and Japan. Last Autumn saw her Swedish opera debut with the Malmö Opera in Donizetti’s ”Lucrezia Borgia” where she sang the part of Maffio Orsini.
Maria Forsström, though being Swedish by age-old ancestry, is an Anglophile with an Italian heart, holding a deep love for the German Romantic poets and Russian melody. She holds a strong interest for neurobiology, related to the perception and learning processes within languages and music.