Hedvig Jalhed, Opera Maker

Hedvig Jalhed is a professional Swedish opera opera maker, combining multiple artistic skills as both performer and author in contemporary works and collaborative projects. Her formal training and education is in classical music and opera, as well as in design, information, and languages. Besides appointments and independent art projects, she is a PhD candidate in Performance Practice at the University of Gothenburg. Her research concerns conceptual application of ludic elements in new, immesive opera works. As an opera singer, writer and designer, she is often engaged in issues regarding operatic innovation, hybridity, and visitor activation and interaction.

Hedvig Jalhed has sung solo parts in opera productions at, for instance, The Royal Swedish Opera and Malmö Opera, and she has performed together with a number of symphony orchestras, as well as in Swedish national television and radio. In 2010 she founded the independent opera company Operation Opera, and together with the ensemble, she has produced more than ten immersive chamber operas with original music and lyrics. Many of these have been designed as site-specific adventures with operatic plots based on game design. Furthermore, Operation Opera has visited several festivals and theatres both in Sweden and abroad. Hedvig Jalhed is appointed artistic director of Halland Opera & Vocal Festival since 2013.