Born in Stockholm, Katarina Karnéus studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and at the National Opera Studio. In 1995 she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Since then she has appeared throughout the world in opera, concert and recital and worked with many leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst and Ivor Bolton.
Opera engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Her repertoire includes the great mezzo roles of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner and Strauss.
In concert, Katarina Karnéus has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
As a recitalist she has been heard in many major venues in Europe and North America including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, La Monnaie Brussels, Frankfurt, Washington, San Francisco and Frankfurt.
Recent and future concert engagements include performances with the Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Liceu Barcelona, Dresden Philharmonie, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Netherlands Philharmonic, tours in Europe and the US with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as well as performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, 2012 BBC Proms as well as recitals at the Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall, London. Operatic engagments include Ruggiero/Alcina in Gothenburg and Stuttgart, Donna Elvira for Covent Garden, Ariane et Barbe-bleu in Frankfurt, Fricka at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Opera North and Brangäne for Gothenburg Opera.
Katarina Karnéus is a member of the Gothenburg Opera and acts as an international ambassador for the company.