Åsa Jäger is a young dramatic soprano, based in Stockholm 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.
During her time at the University College of Opera, Åsa appeared in roles as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and Tosca in Puccini’s opera with the same name. In her final production at the University College of Opera, Åsa portrayed Ava in Andreas Hallén’s opera Waldemarskatten.
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. In the same year Åsa participated as the only Swede in the International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices (Wagnerstimmen). Out of more than 100 applicants, she was one of 17 who made it to the semi-finals.
Åsa has a large repertoire of Swedish art songs and German Lieder, including Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. She performs regularly and in close collaboration with different pianists.
Åsa’s voice has a dark timbre, an exceptional mid range and a shimmering height that takes a room in possession. Characteristic for Åsa’s stage persona is her desire for total honesty in her expression. The underlying relationship between character, performer, music and psychology is what motivates Åsa in her daily work and she’s always keen in exploring these perspectives further.