Symphony Irvine

Whether in the opera house, on the concert stage, or in the recording studio, Rebecca Sjöwall has been described as a "deeply affecting" artist with a voice that is "luscious," "beautifully crisp," and "a powerhouse."


In the 2013/2014 season, Sjöwall made two critically acclaimed role debuts, first in a return to Nashville Opera as Mrs. P in Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and then as the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Pacific Opera Project. She also created the leading role of Jane Withersteen in Craig Bohmler's Riders of the Purple Sage, in a new opera workshop at Arizona Opera, and made her house debut with Sacramento Opera as Inez in Verdi's Il trovatore.


Sjöwall made her Nashville Opera debut as the Williamson girl in David Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field in 2012. She spent two seasons as a Studio Artist with Arizona Opera, where she appeared as the High Priestess (Aida), Frasquita (Carmen), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Lucy (The Telephone), and Amore (Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice) as well as covered the roles of Euridice, Desdemona (Otello), Marguerite (Faust), and Nedda (Pagliacci). Other roles she has performed professionally include Violetta (La traviata), Liù (Turandot), Gilda (Rigoletto), and Micaëla (Carmen).


In 2009, Sjöwall made her Carnegie Hall debut in a world premiere by film composer Stephen Edwards. Other composers with whom she has collaborated include Garry Schyman, Patrick Kirst, Christina Whitten Thomas, Andrea Morricone, Inon Zur, and Marcus Sjöwall. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Palisades Symphony, Angeles Chorale, Verdi Chorus, Westwood Chamber Orchestra, and on LACMA's Sundays Live Series in repertoire including Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem, Dvorak's Te deum, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi.


Over five million gamers have heard Sjöwall's voice as the singer of the "Rapture Anthem" on the popular video games BioShock and BioShock 2. She also joined forces with the unique pop rock band Sparks, who asked her to portray the sassy Hollywood Starlet for their album The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. She reprised that role for a live, sold-out performance of the album presented by the L.A. Film Festival at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. A two-time Society of Singers scholarship recipient, she opened for Smokey Robinson at the 16th Annual ELLA Awards honoring Gladys Knight. She made her first operatic recording last spring, as Mrs. P in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, at the renowned Ocean Way Studios in Nashville.


Sjöwall is a two-time District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as Winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Auditions, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival Vocal Competition. A Wisconsin native, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from Luther College and a Masters in Vocal Performance from UCLA.