Anders Wall’s Confidencen scholarship to lyric soprano

By on March 3, 2017

Agnes Auer (b. 1986) from Stockholm has been awarded one of this year’s two Confidencen scholarships of SEK 100,000. Agnes is soprano with a degree from the University College of Opera in Oslo in 2016.

Agnes started early singing in children’s choirs in St. Matthew’s Church during organist Anders Frisk. He saw her talent and gave her challenges as a soloist and encouragement before admitting to Adolf Fredrik’s Music School.

After Adolf Fredrik she began in earnest with the solo song at the Junior Academy music school.

– We were the first high school class and therefore they charged extra lot on us, remember Agnes. The school saw me as a person and I was able to develop as a musician. It was also on Junior Academy I began to understand how hard you have to work to become a professional musician. 

A summer course for aspiring church musician in Linköping gave Agnes a taste and she was later accepted to church music education at Ersta Sköndal University College.

I’m very happy that I was able to broaden my horizons as a musician with the help of the university’s competent and encouraging teachers and additionally get another job title with a bachelor’s degree in church music.

She made it to the Royal Academy of Music and got into both education in organ and classical singing.

– As I already could support myself as a church musician, I felt that if I should ever invest in the singing then I must do it now, says Agnes.

It became the singing, and after three fruitful years at the Academy, including one year as an exchange student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Agnes came into the University College of Opera in Oslo.

– They had good resources and appreciated my voice. I love Mozart operas and got the chance to do more of my dream roles, for example Pamina in The Magic Flute and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. To top it off, I was also assigned the role of Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi when University College of Opera visited the Norwegian Opera.

The future looks bright for Agnes, who already been recruited to the agency Eliasson Artists. In addition to the opera repertoire she emerges also as soprano soloist in the sacral works and in the fall she debuts with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Brahms Requiem. Before that, it will be among other things summer concerts with pianist and Wall-scholar David Huang, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Sörmland.

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