Opera singers Emma Lyrén Fernandez and Fredrik Zetterström are the new vocal performance teachers at SKH's opera programmes


When the autumn term starts in 2023, the opera students will meet the then-newly appointed teachers Emma Lyrén Fernandez and Fredrik Zetterström. "We are very pleased to have these two vocal performance teachers join our opera teaching staff," says Head of Department Lise-Lotte Axelsson about the recruitments.

Emma is a mezzo-soprano and has performed most of the major roles in her vocal range in opera literature. She studied at the Malmö Academy of Music and the Copenhagen Opera Academy. She has sung at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, La Monnaie in Brussels and Malmö Opera.

Her experience and knowledge of opera art is extensive and besides her singing career she is also trained in singing methodology, pedagogical leadership and mental training. She has also worked as a training manager, collaboration manager and mental coach.

Fredrik is himself educated at SKH (former The University College of Opera) and is now one of Sweden's absolute leading baritones. He has over 100 opera roles in his repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. For 30 years he has sung opera on stages in Europe and America. Among his favourite roles, he mentions the title roles in Rigoletto and Wozzeck, Scarpia in Tosca Jago in Otello, Amfortas in Parsifal, Alberich in Rhenguldet and Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande. Fredrik is also an avid record collector with a special focus on the Italian and French 19th century repertoire.

Emma and Fredrik will be teaching both the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Opera Vocal Performance, and are very much looking forward to joining the SKH and sharing their knowledge and experience with the new generation of opera singers. 

- I want to give them the tools and opportunities to be as well equipped for a sustainable singing life as possible, says Emma Lyrén Fernandez.

Opera programmes starting autumn 2023

Application period 1 December 2022-16 December 2023

Fredrik's photo: Knut Koivisto