London-based light lyric Swedish soprano Karin Thyselius, born in Stockholm, has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in solo vocal performance from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She studies with Ryland Davies.
In December 2019, Karin was the soloist in the Lucia concert in St Paul’s Cathedral organised by the Swedish Church in London.
During autumn 2007, Karin made her critically acclaimed Scottish Opera debut as Berta in their production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia directed by Sir Thomas Allen and conducted by Sergio La Stella. Read her reviews here. She was also featured performer in Scottish Opera’s Aria Adventures at Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival in September 2007. Also in autumn 2007 she gave a recital for The London Song Festival.
During the summer of 2012, Karin sang the role of Berta again, this time for Opera Brava. She was delighted to sing Musetta in La Boheme for The New London Opera Players during 2013.
In 2004 Karin was a finalist in the Robert Schumann International Singing Competition in Germany, and prior to that had successes in the Schubert Lieder Competition and the Susan Longfield Competition at the GSMD, and was awarded third prize in the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform 2002.
She has performed throughout the United Kingdom in works such as the Brahms Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Mozart C minor Mass (in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), Poulenc Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria, and in recital with Eugene Asti. Around Europe her performances have included Schubert Masses in A flat and B flat (The Netherlands), recitals with Tobias Krampen and Alice Turner – both broadcast on Dutch National Radio, as well as recitals and oratorio performances in her native Sweden.
She has also done a concert tour in Asia performing a variety of repertoire. She sang with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras in a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
Karin’s roles in opera have included Musetta (La Boheme), Berta (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Despina (Così fan tutte), Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena and First Boy (Die Zauberflöte), Virtù (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) and Shepherd Boy (Tosca), and in musical theatre she has sung Cosette (Les Miserables). She has performed with Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Diva Opera, Opera Brava, Pimlico Opera, Clonter Opera, Opera By Definition, The New London Opera Players and Opera Bespoke.