Jenny Carlstedt, the Finnish-Swedish mezzo-soprano who is recognised for the “luminous purity and musicality of her singing” (Chicago Tribune) and “great dramatic intelligence” (Opera Today), is nominated for the 2017 Nordic Council Music Prize. The prize honours the performance and creation of music to the highest artistic standard and is awarded in alternate years to a performer or ensemble an a living composer. The winner will be announced on 1 November at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.

Born on the Åland Islands, Jenny studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2015 she made an acclaimed US debut as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. Additional recent and forthcoming highlights include signing Idamante at the Stuttgart International Festival; Vlasta in Weinberg’s The Passenger at the Wiener Festspiele; and a tour of the music by Luigi Nono with SWR Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent recording is her 2016 Ondine release of Zemlinsky songs with the Lapin Chamber Orchestra under John Storgårds.