The Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin was educated in Göteborg and Copenhagen. Her teachers were Susanna Eken, Birgit Nilsson, Ingrid Bjoner and Oren Brown. Numerous grants have enabled the artist to work with Geoffrey Parsons, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Dame Janet Baker.
She gave her stage debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she sang as a member of the ensemble in the following years in numerous roles, including Giuseppe Verdi's Leonora (La forza del destino), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Desdemona (Otello), Aida, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, Wagner's Elsa (Lohengrin), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Sieglinde (Die Walküre) as well as all Brünnhildes (Der Ring des Nibelungen).
In 2005 she sang for the first time with great success one of her signature roles: Turandot in Copenhagen and was heard in that role since then in Tokyo, Dresden, London, Tel Aviv (with Zubin Mehta), Guangzhou (with Lorin Maazel), San Francisco, New York and Munich. She was Brünnhilde in the complete Ring des Nibelungen in Copenhagen, Cologne, Dresden and Berlin (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Walküre), London (Siegfried), New York (Die Walküre, Siegfried), in Washington, Tokyo (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) and Munich (Die Walküre). Last season she was Brünnhilde in the co-production of the Ring at the Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala in Milan under the baton of Daniel Barnenboim. Iréne Theorin is also one of the most sought Isoldes of our time, a role she sang in Brussels, Essen, Rotterdam (with Valery Gergiev), Copenhagen, Tokyo, Berlin and with huge success at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008 and 2012. In Vienna she gave her debut as Venus in Tannhäuser and will return as Isolde.
In 2009 she returned with the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos to Washington, for which she received enthusiastic reviews: "The unrivaled star of the evening however was the superb Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin as the tempestuous prima donna who assumes the love-lorn role of Ariadne. Her singing was highly refined for a dramatic soprano, and her intonation was impeccable. She revealed facets of her artistry that were not called upon in her last season’s appearance in Siegfried as Brünnhilde. She often colored her many long phrases with an exquisite use of piano and pianissimo. She also gave voice to many full-throttled and clarion high notes that were simply glorious. The top B flat she sang at the end of her monologue “Es gibt ein Reich” (There is a land) was absolutely thrilling as it rang in the rafters of the opera house. I cannot image a finer soprano as Ariadne. She has everything vocally that the role demands, and then some." (Concerto Net)
2010 she made her debut as Elektra vt the Salzburg Festival. A DVD recording of the production was released by Arthouse in 2011. Also the Copenhagen RING won several awards and is available as DVD by Decca. In the beginning of 2012 she made her outstanding debut at the Royal Swedish Opera House Stockholm as Elektra in Elektra. Further engagements include: Brünnhilde in the Ring under the baton of Daniel Barenboim (Berlin, Milan), Turandot (London), Elektra (Paris and Munich) Venus and Isolde (Vienna) and Brünnhilde in the Ring (Barcelona). Iréne Theorin has worked with Roberto Abbado, David Afkham, Gerd Albrecht, Antonello Allemandi, Marco Armiliato, Philippe Auguin, Daniel Barenboim, Giordano Bellincampi, Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Callegari, Myung-Whun Chung, Tobias Durholm, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Dan Ettinger, Adam Fischer, Heinz Fricke, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Sir Edward Jones, Philippe Jourdan, Vladimir Jurowski, Jiri Kout, James Lewine, Nicola Luisotti, Lorin Maazel, Jun Märkl, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Kazushi Ono, Seiji Osawa, Sir Antonio Pappano, Jukka-Pekka Sarastre, Peter Schneider, Michael Schønwandt, Leif Segerstam, Lu Shao-Chia, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stefan Soltesz,Thomas Sœndergård, Christian Thielemann, Marcello Viotti, Ralf Weikert, Franz Welser-Möst and Lothar Zagrosek, Massimo Zanetti.
This season, Iréne Theorin returned to Washington for Isolde and then was Elektra in a new production at the Opéra National de Paris. Furthermore she will be singing in Beethovens Symphony No. 9 under Lorin Maazel in Munich, will be singing Turandot in Covent Garden and Brünnhilde in the Walküre in Barcelona.