Ulla Westlund was born in Dalarna, Sweden, and she has been a singer and performer from as early as age four, when she had her debut at the local church. Her restless desire for music and for the stage gave spark to an impressive and varied career that started with folk music, explored popular genres such as jazz and musical, and was complemented by work as an actress and a model. Her true passion, however, emerged when she discovered her love and talent for classical singing, and opera.
Miss Westlund received her formal education at the Conservatoire of Birmingham, where she finished with a B. Mus. Degree with Honors and Distinction, and a DPS Diploma in Professional Studies — the Conservatoire's highest award. The BBC Broadcast Royal Gala Opening in Birmingham, 1997, became her world debut, when she appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, both as a soloist and in duet with the legendary Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda.
It was a lyric repertoire that Miss Westlund started out with, singing roles such as Violetta in La Traviata (1998, England) and Anaide in Mosé in Egitto (also England). But there was more to come: Fruitful training years spent in Italy, along with the natural maturing of her voice, made her grow into a spinto soprano, now fully capable of such demanding parts as Floria Tosca, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, and Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly (see also the full list of Miss Westlund's repertoire).
Just like her voice could never be contained, neither could her whereabouts. Miss Westlund has been living, studying and performing in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany, and has now recently put her focus on the United States. Her U.S. opera debut was on June 19th, 2009, when she performed as Maddalena, one of the title roles in Louis Gioia's opera I Tre Compagni, which saw its world premiere at the Gerald W Lynch theatre in Manhattan, produced by Encompass New Opera.
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