Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius studied in Vienna under Margarethe Bence and started her career as a member of the Vienna State Opera from 1989 to 1991. She belonged to the ensemble of the Zurich Opera House from 1991/92 till 2012 appearing in all Mozart roles and, among many others, as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Estrella (Alfonso und Estrella), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Eudoxie (La Juive), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) as well as Tatjana (Eugen Onegin).
Recent highlights include also her debut as Leila/Les pêcheurs de perles in Zurich, her highly appraised return to the Wiener Staatsoper as Elvira/Don Giovanni under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst and as Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro. In Cleveland, she performed in scenic productions of all three Da Ponte operas also under Franz Welser-Möst and in Zurich, she was highly acclaimed in a Handel-Pasticcio called Sale, in Rinaldo and as Fiordiligi for the opera Zurich in Winterthur.
Malin Hartelius is also sought-after as a concert singer. She works with leading conductors as Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, William Christie, Adam Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Martin Haselböck, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan and Franz Welser-Möst as well as with famous orchestras like Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Accademia Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. In 1993, she gave her first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
In January 2010, Malin Hartelius was honored by the Swedish King in Stockholm with the award of the Order “Litteris et Artibus”.