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Lisa Fornhammar

Swedish soprano Lisa Fornhammar, with her "strong and shimmering voice"[i], is one of the most exciting personalities of the new generation of interpreters to appear on the contemporary music scene.

"With coloratura like a combination of Lulu and Queen of the Night"[ii] she is highly sought out by conductors and composers alike, and has performed numerous premieres including Es hat am Vorabend geregnet by Eberhard Eyser at the Royal Opera Stockholm, the title role of Clara in Nicoletta Chatzopoulou's Clara S. for Opera Leipzig, the world premiere of Leonce und Lena (Lena) by Christian Henking for Stadttheater Bern, Amerika (Klara) from Haubenstock-Ramati at Stadttheater Bielefeld, Die Menschen (Mädchen, Bettelmädchen) by Detlev Müller-Siemens at Stadttheater Aachen, the world premiere of Das Krokodil (Jelena) from Everhartz in Vienna's historic Jugendstiltheater, and the world premiere of Resonanzen Aurora for Orchestra and Soprano by Theodor Schubach with the Dresden Philharmonie.

A powerful combination of modern practice and classic artistry she has enjoyed equal success on both opera and concert stages with performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Bayerische Staatsorchester (Prinzregententheater, Munich), Europeras (Soprano) by John Cage for Stadttheater Bielefeld, Les contes d'Hoffmann (Olympia) by Offenbach with Stadttheater St. Gallen, Peter Grimes (1st Niece) from Benjamin Britten for Stadteahter Aachen, Ullman's Kaiser von Atlantis (Bubikopf) at the Schauspielhaus, Vienna, both radio and television broadcasts of Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre with MusikFabrik at Finnland's renowned Time of Music Festival aswell as Aventures and Nouvelle Aventures by Györgi Ligeti and La Fabbrica Iluminata by Luigi Nono with the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin.
Hossam Mahmoud

As a favorite modern music interpreter, Lisa Fornhammar has collaborated directly with many contemporary composers, inspiring them to write such works for her as Monolith 1 by Hüseyin Evirgen, Songs by Perikles Douvitsas, as well as the role of the Mother in Hossam Machmoud's Gastmahl and the role of The Queen of Sheba in his work Salomon performed at Cairo Opera House.

In 2007 she was the first person to be appointed to a newly created position for Performance Practice for New Music for Voice at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg, and as of October 2010 has been appointed to Berlin's Universität der Künste as a lecturer on Contemporary Vocal Music. She is regularly invited throughout Europe to share her knowledge with young talent in master classes for Modern Performance Practice.