“Åsa Jäger’s blazing vocal interpretation represents a magnificent breakthrough as a Wagnerian singer on a major opera stage”. – Dagens Nyheter – February 2024
Åsa Jäger is a young, dramatic soprano, currently residing in Väderstad, midway between Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, but born and raised in Holmsund outside Umeå in the northern part of Sweden. She studied at the University College of Opera in Stockholm and graduated with honors in June 2015.
In February 2024, Åsa made her Swedish Wagner debut singing Senta in The Flying Dutchman at the Gothenburg Opera. Her debut was greeted with positive reviews. Future engagements in 2024 include a tour through Europe, portraying the role of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Kent Nagano and Concerto Köln, performing among other places in Elbphilharmoni in Hamburg and at the Lucerne festival.
After successfully debuting Brünnhilde in Die Walküre in 2022 Åsa returned to Landestheater Coburg and continued the Coburg Ring-cycle by portraying Brünnhilde in Siegfried in March of 2023 to great acclaim.
In April 2022, after a two times postponed premiere due to covid-19, Åsa made her german- Wagner- and role debut at Landestheater Coburg, portraying the role of Brünnhilde i Wagner’s Die Walküre. Her performance was greeted by a unanimous chorus of critics who all praised her clear tone, infectious zest and honest portrayal of Brünnhilde. She even ended up on Alex Ross‘s short list of notable performances during 2022 in The New Yorker.
“She has been under the radar for far too long, but is now finally on her way to the big roles in the world with her beautiful Wagnerian voice. So free, so rich and wonderfully flowing – this will be Sweden’s new Brünnhilde and Isolde”. – SVT Kultur – February 2024
Åsa has worked with conductors such as Daniel Carter, Alevtina Ioffe, Anja Bihlmaier, Tabita Berglund, Ola Rudner and Patrik Ringborg and she has performed with orchestras such as The Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Wind Ensemble, KammarensembleN, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the traditional opera repertoire, Åsa, also sings contemporary music. In the last couple of years she has made no less than three first performances of short operas, including Om människan/On Humanity together with KammarensembleN at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Åsa Jäger brings impressive weight to Senta. Hers is a Wagnerian voice with enormous promise and she is absolutely on top of it”. – Opera Now – February 2024
During the years Åsa has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Anders Wall’s Giresta scholarship and the Swedish Wagner society’s Bayreuth scholarship in 2015 as well as the Danish Wagner society’s Bayreuth scholarship in 2022. She was also a recipient of the Royal Academy of Musics national scholarschip for five years in a row 2012-2017.
“The Swedish audience should not miss this; this is a brightly shining star in the Wagnerian sky: passionate, clear with a beautiful dramatic tone”. – Svenska Dagbladet – February 2024