Photo: Emelie Kroon


Swedish mezzo-soprano and clarinettist Ylva Gruen holds a master's degree in Opera Performance from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her previous studies include Stockholm Opera Studio and the College of Music in Piteå. In January 2018 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera, portraying Kate Pinkerton. In summer 2019 she joins the Garsington Opera in London as an Alvarez Young Artist.

After having studied the clarinet for many years I chose to set my main focus on singing. As I'm first and foremost an opera singer it is natural that most of my time is spent with opera, but I enjoy both lied and oratorio as well. I have a passion for contemporary music, which has led to several interesting projects and collaborations with young composers - and hopefully there will be many more in the future!

Ylva was born in Sundsvall and moved to Östersund when she was eleven years old. Her musical education began early with choirs and a little later she started to take clarinet lessons. The singing and clarinet playing went side by side all the way up to college, but there she decided to put her main focus on singing. Although the clarinet still occasionally shows up on a concert or two, singing is and has always been her biggest passion.

as Tisbe in La Cenerentola
Photo: Rami Talja



Bellini - Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi)* IT
Britten - Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream) ENG
Humperdinck - Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) GER
Janáček - The Fox (The Cunning little Vixen) SWE
Mozart - Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) IT
Piazzolla - Street singer etc (María de Buenos Aires) SWE
Puccini - Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) IT
Rossini - Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)* IT
Verdi - Meg Page (Falstaff) IT


Bach: Johannes-Passion (alto)
Bach: B minor mass (soprano II, alto)*
Bach: Magnificat (soprano II)*
Dvořák: Stabat mater (alto)
Händel: The Triumph of Time and Truth (Counsel)
Mozart: Requiem (alto soloist)
Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans (Abra, Ozias)

Grieg: Haugtussa
Schumann: Frauenliebe- und leben
Janáček: Zápisník zmizelého (Zefka)

Numerous miscellaneous lieder, art songs and melodies, especially within the Nordic repertoire. 

*in preparation/musically studied