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 opera works. As an opera singer, writer and designer, she is often engaged in issues regarding operatic innovation, hybridity, visitor activation, individual experiences, synaesthetics and sensory synergies.

Hedvig Jalhed has sung solo parts in opera productions in 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 experimental fringe opera company Operation Opera, and together with the dynamic ensemble, she has produced more than ten immersive chamber operas with original music and lyrics. Many of these have been designed as site specific adventure concepts with operatic plots based on game design and sensory composition. Furthermore, Operation Opera has visited several festivals and theatres both in Sweden and internationally. Hedvig Jalhed is appointed artistic director of Halland Opera & Vocal Festival since 2013.