Nina Stemme makes her Ring cycle role debut as Brünnhilde this summer, having previously performed the role in the Company’s Die Walküre in 2010. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2004 as Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer) and appeared later that season in a concert in honor of Donald Runnicles’s fiftieth birthday. The Swedish soprano has performed Brünnhilde (Siegfried) with the Vienna State Opera, a role that she reprises with that company last season. A former winner of the Plácido Domingo Competition and finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Stemme regularly sings with the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Paris Opera; the Vienna State Opera; Frankfurt Opera; Zurich Opera; Stockholm’s Royal Opera; Madrid’s Teatro Real; and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Roles in her extensive repertoire include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Marguerite (Faust), Agathe (Der Freischütz), and the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Jenůfa, Aida, Arabella, Rusalka, and Ariadne auf Naxos. Her Wagner repertoire, in addition to Brünnhilde and Senta, includes Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde). Recent and upcoming engagements include Isolde, Senta, and Rusalka with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and at Covent Garden (for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award); the title role of Salome in Madrid; Ariadne at the Met and the Vienna State Opera; Elisabeth in Zurich; and Leonore (Fidelio) at Covent Garden. Stemme was appointed a Swedish Royal Court Singer in 2006 and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; she was awarded the “Litteris et Artibus” medal by H.M. the King of Sweden in 2008. Her broad discography includes recordings of Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo (EMI), Der Fliegende Holländer (Chandos), Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules (Andante), an all-Strauss album (Four Last Songs and final scenes from Salome and Capriccio, EMI), and a lieder album (Phaedra); Stemme can be seen on DVD recordings of Aida, Tristan und Isolde, Der Rosenkavalier, and Jenůfa.