The Stina Krook foundation awarded Ms Dahlbäck a prize for her artistic work within the early music field in Finland.
Kajsa Dahlbäck with Earthly Angels is winner of Album of the Year 2018 by YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company). More info here, in Finnish.
February 6th, 2019
"And yet Kajsa Dahlbäck (...) with her deeply felt portrayal of Drusilla; her scenes were some of the most charming of the entire performance."
Opera Magazine 01/16 on Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea at Finnish National Opera 2015
Kajsa Dahlbäck is a Finnish soprano and artistic director, focusing on repertoire within early and contemporary music. She is a versatile artist with extensive experience internationally as a soloist with many orchestras, both baroque and modern. Ms Dahlbäck also enjoys singing with smaller instrumental ensembles and has recently started conducting orchestras. She continues her work with Vaasa Baroque, a festival she founded in 2013 and is the artistic director of.
On this site you can read about Ms Dahlbäck's coming performances as well as other information on her professional activities.
NEWS! Earthly Angels has released its first album!
Musicians: Kajsa Dahlbäck (soprano), Peter Spissky and Aira Maria Lehtipuu (violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp), Eero Palviainen (lute), Marianna Henriksson (organ) and Anna Villberg (soprano 2).
Composers: Maria Xaveria Perucona (c.1652-c.1709), Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), Claudia Rusca (1593-1676), Rosa Giacinta Badalla (c.1660-c.1710), Benedetto Re and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602-c.1677).
In the Duchy of Milan in what is now northern Italy, it was a common practice in the 17th century for young girls to enter a convent. In many cases, this was because of circumstances rather than devotion and could not be described as voluntary: at the time, the dowry that a bride’s family was expected to pay her groom on marriage had become incredibly large and hence in many cases unaffordable.
Monastic life was largely governed by the nuns and their families. Music was seen as a suitable occupation, and in most convents nuns were given musical training. Two thirds of the 41 convents that existed in Milan around the year 1600 are known to have practiced polyphonic music-making, indicating a musical education of a high quality. The convent of Santa Radegonda, centrally located adjacent to the Cathedral of Milan, was particularly known for its musical activities and even then was a venerable institution, having been in existence since before the year 870.
This music was created in a unique setting. The music of these earthly angels is quite extraordinary in many ways, not least in how it combines text and music in a bodily, internalised and emotional way. The idiom is highly personal and thereby represents a unique feminine voice within the Church.
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