Åsa Jäger is a young, up and coming, 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.
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. Out of more than 100 applicants, she was one of 17 who made it to the semi-finals.
In June 2016, Åsa was one of the finalists in the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, and performed together with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nader Abbassi. She made her professional debut with the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra in November 2017, performing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, conducted by Patrik Ringborg. In December 2017 Åsa was the soloist at The Stockholm Wind Ensemble’s annual New Year’s concert, conducted by Christoffer Nobin, where she performed at three sold out concerts at Musikaliska in the heart of Stockholm. In July 2018 Åsa participated in the international competition Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and out of 950 applicants she was one of 24 who made it to the semi-finals. Åsa returned to Musikaliska and the Stockholm Wind Ensemble in september 2018.
In 2019, Åsa will, among other things, appear together with Gävle Symphony Orchestra singing Sibelius-Lieder and Wagner-arias and in September 2019 she will make her stage debut on Norrlandsoperan as the Mother in Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel.
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.