About me

Gitta-Maria’s exceptional soprano has made her a much appreciated guest performer around the world.  Extraordinarily versatile, she masters lyric as well as highly dramatic parts, imbuing all with complexity and inner life.  Her impressive repertoire includes the parts of Aida, Tosca, Desdemona Alice, Arabella, Tatjana, Jenufa, Eva, Sieglinde, Rusalka, Hanna Glavari, Octavian, Brangaene and Emilia Marty.  For that part, performed in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Dusseldorf, Gitta was voted ‘Singer of the year 2000’ by leading German Newspapers.  She is currently performing "Giorgetta" in Il Tabarro at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and preparing Sieglinde and Gutrune in a shortened version by Graham Vick, directed by Stig Fogh Andersen.

She was educated at the Copenhagen Opera Academy under the tutelage of the Great Kim Borg.  Now she, in turn, gives Master Classes for budding young singers.
Gitta-Maria is also a highly gifted lieder singer, having recently given solo recitals in London and Paris.  She works with the same enthusiasm whether a Schubert lied, a folksong or a jazz-balled.

Amongst her several recordings is the critically acclaimed ‘Verdi Puccini Arias (Danacord 2007) which was voted ‘CD of the Month’ by “the MusicWeb International” on the internet. She also got superb credit as Sieglinde in "The Ring" - The Royal Opera in Copenhagen - which got the Gramophone Award as "DVD of the year" in October 2009.


Head of the board for: 
Birgit Nilsson Society
Member of the board for:
ØresundsOperaen

Artistic Director
Nordic Song Festival in Strömsbruk - Performance & Research
www.nordicsongfestival.org

About Gitta-Maria Sjöberg - Long version


The superbly talented Swedish-born soprano is a much sought-after guest performer at leading operahouses, festivals and concert-halls throughout the world.  She is based in Copenhagen since her sensational debut at The Royal Theatre 1987, and was in 2005, as leading soprano, granted the great honour of performing at the opening of the grand new Opera House in the title-role of Aida, partnered with Roberto Alagna as Radames.

Gitta-Maria's range allows her to master lyrical as well as powerful, dramatic parts, interpreting and filling them superbly with inner life and complexity.   Her voice spans a wide pallet of colours and nuances. Among her more than 40 operaparts are: Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Liù, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Desdemona, Alice, Amelia, Elisabetta, Leonora, Carmen, Micaela, Arabella, The Composer, Chrysotemis, Octavian, Tatjana, Jenufa, Eva, Sieglinde (with Placido Domingo 2006), Brangaene, Hanna Glavari,  Rusalka  and Emilia Marty.  She performed Emilia Marty in "Vec Makropulos" in both Copenhagen, Stockholm and Düsseldorf. Prominent German critics pronounced her 'Singer of the year 2000', for her convincing interpretation, permeated by a profound grasp of the human mind, fear of death and arrogant conceit.  Recently, she has yet again convinced reviewers of her impressive ability to create convincing complex characters in two demanding leading roles:  Kostelnicka and Katarina Ismajlova.  The evil stepmother Kostelnicka in the Malmo production of 'Jenufa' was portrayed with great authority, transforming her yearning for love and her dilemma into an inescapable, black gnawing anguish.  Likewise, the lonely wife of a rich man, Katarina in Shostakovich's opera ' The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk', selfdestructive as well as destructive, when access to her passion is thwarted, was portrayed by Gitta-Maria as a woman desperately craving meaning in her life.  Devoid of sentimentality, with expressive realism, by voice, body and soul she laid bare and defended her character.  The performance was a great success at the Gothenburg Opera House in spring 2012.

Gitta-Maria was educated at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen with the renowned Finish Bass Kim Borg as her main teacher.  She is now herself teaching and shares her knowledge and experience with promising young singers both as a private teacher and through a series of popular masterclasses.

In addition, she is an accomplished Lieder singer having given solo-performances a. o. in London and Paris.  She works with equal enthusiasm whether a Schubert-Lied, a folksong or a jazz ballad.  On the whole she finds interest in nearly all musical genres and has successfully also worked with a lot of artists in the field of "rhythmical music" :
Benjamin Koppel, worldfamous saxofoneplayer, composer and jazzbandleader for "Mad Cows"
Anders Koppel, composer and former member of the well known jazz- and beatgroup "Savage Rose"
Marie Carmen Koppel, very gifted soul-singer, with whom Gitta has sung duets
Henrik Goldschmidts Middle East Peace Orchester
Emil Goldschmidts Kletzmerorchester "Mames Babegenush"
and
“The Nordic Five” / De Nordiske Spillemænd. Together with these gifted musicians Gitta has for more than 20 years performed a repertoire of Scandinavian folksongs, with a superb mixture of simplicity, rhythmical "feeling", joy and melancholy.



Amongst her many recordings are 'Verdi-Puccini Arias (Danacord 2007) eliciting comparisons with Maria Callas by some reviewers and announced as one of the 10 best singers in the world! Recently, she has interpreted Nordic folk songs on 'Nordic Trio - Nordic Folksongs and Ballads', arranged by her husband, the composer Matti Borg.  When the recording of The Ring Cycle, by The Royal Opera in Copenhagen was selected as  'DVD of the Year',by 'The Grammaphone’, Gitta-Maria's Sieglinde was highlighted as a superb achievement. December 2012 the DVD (Naxos) of “Jenufa” in Malmo Opera’s successful production was released and Gitta-Maria is compared with the greatest singers around and has got the most overwhelming reviews for her portrayal as “Kostelnicka”. 

Since March 2013 Gitta-Maria is also Head of the Board at Birgit Nilsson Society. She is the first recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Award, and to honour her as one of Denmark's greatest artists, she was made 'Knight of Dannebrog 1st grade' by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.