Gunhild Margareta Hallin Ekerot (20 February 1931 – 9 February 2020) was a Swedish opera singer, composer and actress. 
Early life and debut [ ]
Hallin was born on 20 February 1931, in
Karlskoga. She made her debut during her time as a student at the  University College of Opera in 1955 as Rosina in [A] Rossini's .
Barberaren i Sevilla
Career [ ]
As Tsu in the opera
at Blancheteatern, 1958
Hallin joined the
Royal Swedish Opera as a full-time employee in 1956, where she performed in roles such as Zerbinetta in by Ariadne på Naxos Richard Strauss, the title role of Donizetti's , Sophie in Lucia di Lammermoor by Strauss, Leonora in Rosenkavaljeren Verdi's , Amelia in Trubaduren , the title role in Maskeradbalen , and Gilda in Aida . Hallin was appointed Rigoletto Hovsångerska ( Royal Court singer) along with Erik Saedén, in 1966, and was awarded the Jussi Björling Scholarship in 1970. Her last performance at the Opera was in the title role of Cherubini's . Médée
Hallin's voice has been described as a "
coloratura soprano". She was considered to have the talent required for the international scene, but she chose to stay in Sweden.
Her opera roles in the 1950s to 1970s included the blind poetess in
Karl-Birger Blomdahl's , Aniara  Anne Trulove in  Stravinsky's , the title role in Verdi's The Rake's Progress , Therese in La traviata Lars Johan Werle's Drömmen om Thérèse, and the Queen Mother in  Georg Joseph Vogler's Gustaf Adolf och Ebba Brahe.  Hallin also performed in  Glyndebourne, Florence, Vienna, Hamburg, Moscow, London and Copenhagen, as well as making a tour in the Soviet Union.
In the mid-1980s, she started composing music. Encouraged by composer Eberhard Eyser, she made her debut in 1986 with poems set to music. The poems were by
Nils Ferlin, Harry Martinson, Werner Aspenström and Alf Henrikson – she performed a medley of these in the Drottningholm Palace Church. She was elected as a member of the Swedish Society of Composers in 1990 and was awarded the honorary academic title of Professors namn in 2001. In 2006, she received the Gunn Wållgren Award.
She set several works by
August Strindberg to music, beginning with a chamber opera based on ( Fröken Julie Miss Julie) in 1990. Miss Julie was staged at the Confidence Theatre in 1990, and restaged in 1994. Hallin also composed music for Strindberg's works  ( Den Starkare The Stronger One) which was performed in the Rotunda at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in 1991, and ( Ett drömspel A Dream Play) in 1992.
Sundsvall in 2012, Hallin premiered a program, both read and sung, which she had composed based upon Strindberg's letters to Harriet Bosse. At its performance in Kramfors, the production was accompanied by a small exhibition of Hallin's paintings, including a portrait of Strindberg.
Personal life [ ]
Hallin was married twice. Her first marriage was to violinist Inge Boström from 1951 to 1956. The couple had a daughter, born in 1952.
 Her second marriage was to  Bengt Ekerot. Their son was born in 1966.
Hallin died on 9 February 2020, at the age of 88.
Awards and titles [ ]
Roles [ ]
Plays [ ]
Discography [ ]
Sex kvinnoporträtt ur operans värld ("Six portraits of women from the opera world"), solo performance with Norrköpings symfoniorkester, EMI HMV 4E 061-34616. 
Great Swedish Singers. Bluebell ABCD 060. 
Svenska hovsångerskor ("Swedish choir of court singers"). EMI CMCD 6350. Svensk mediedatabas. 
Lieder. Strauss, Mahler, Mozart. Margareta Hallin. Rolf Lindblom, piano. Proprius PRCD 9151. Svensk mediedatabas. 
as Gilda in Verdi's opera. Live recording. Rigoletto BIS CD-296. (2 CDs).  Tranfjädrarna ("The Twilight Crane") as Tsu in Sven-Erik Bäck's opera. Norrköpings symfoniorkester. with Olle Sivall, Uno Ebréus. Kammarkören, cond. Eric Ericson. Swedish Society Disciofil. SLT 33183. Grammis Award. 
See also [ ]
References [ ]
Notes [ ]
Citations [ ]
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"Margareta Hallin (Soprano) – Short Biography". Bach Cantatas Website . Retrieved . 19 February 2016
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Sveriges befolkning 1970 (CD-ROM v 1.04). Sveriges Släktforskarförbund. 2002.
"Sökresultat" (in Swedish). Svensk Music . Retrieved . 19 February 2016
"Aniara – en svensk operaklassiker" (in Swedish). SVT . Retrieved . 28 February 2016
^ Blomdahl, Karl-Birger (1959). Aniara : en revy om människan i tid och rum : opera i 2 akter (7 scenbilder) efter Harry Martinsons versepos "Aniara". London: Schott & Co. Libris 1261304
"Kulturnytt special: Werle – Animalens, Tintomaras och Thérèses tonsättare" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio . Retrieved . 28 February 2016
"The Rake's Progress" (in Swedish) . Retrieved . 28 February 2016
. "Hallin, Margaret: The Early Recordings (1955-1960)" Spotify . Retrieved . 28 February 2016
^ a b
"Margareta Hallin". Svensk Musik. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016 . Retrieved . 4 April 2016
"Margareta Hallins djupa relation till August Strindberg". Allehanda (in Swedish). 29 November 2012 . Retrieved . 4 April 2016
Sveriges dödbok 1947–2006 (CD-ROM v 4.00) (in Swedish). Sveriges Släktforskarförbund. 2007.
"Operasångerskan Margareta Hallin är död". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 9 February 2020 . Retrieved . 9 February 2020
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Cummings, David M., ed. (1998). "Hallin, Margareta". . Cambridge: International Who's Who in Music. p. 260. International who's who in music and musicians directory : in the classical and light classical fields ; 1998/99 ISBN . 978-0948875922
"Årets Thaliapris går till Koutsogiannakis". Kvällsposten (in Swedish). 8 October 2014 . Retrieved . 4 April 2016 See TIDIGARE PRISTAGARE listing previous winners
"Thaliapristagare". Kvällsposten (in Swedish). 25 September 2009 . Retrieved . 4 April 2016
"Jussi Björling" (in Swedish). Stiftelsen Kungliga Teaterns Solister. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
^ a b
Holmquist, Åke. "Gunn Wållgrens Minnesfond" (PDF) (in Swedish). Royal Swedish Academy of Music . Retrieved . 13 March 2016
^ a b
"Margareta Hallin". www.mic.stim.se (in Swedish). Svensk Musik. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016 . Retrieved . 13 March 2016
Sahlin, Björn. "Gullebarns vaggsånger (Heidenstam)" (in Swedish). Björn Sahlin . Retrieved . 13 March 2016
Landström, Lars (18 February 2011). "En roll för en legend" (in Swedish). AB Allehanda . Retrieved . 13 March 2016
"Taklagsöl av August Strindberg" (in Swedish). Strindbergs Intima Teater. 2011. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016 . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Sex kvinnoporträtt ur operans värld / Margareta Hallin ; Norrköpings symfoniorkester" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Uno Stjernqvist – tenor" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedataboas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Svenska hovsångerskor" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Ständchen (op 17:2) /Sång för 1 röst & piano, 1885-87?. text: Adolf Friedrich von Schack/ / Margareta Hallin" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Rigoletto / Giuseppe Verdi" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
"Tranfjädrarna : opera / av Sven-Erik Bäck ; regi: Bengt Ekerot ; producent: Arne Arnbom ; produktion: Sveriges radio ; libretto: Bertil Malmberg" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
Sources [ ]
Gedda, Nicolai; Gedda, Aino S.; Geddes, Tom (28 March 2003). . Nicolai Gedda: My Life and Art Opera Biography Series. Portland, Oregon: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-57467-048-6 . Retrieved . 10 March 2016
Hägglund, Kent (2011). (in Swedish). Ordfront Förlag. p. 388. William Shakespeare: En man för alla tider ISBN 9789174413502 . Retrieved . 11 March 2016
Nyström, Pia; Kyhlberg-Boström, Anna; Elmquist, Anne-Marie (1996). Kungl. Musikaliska akademien: matrikel 1771–1995 (in Swedish). Libris 7749167. Stockholm: Kungl. Musikaliska akademien , Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien. p. 84. ISBN . 91-85428-99-X ISSN 0347-5158.
Szalczer, Eszter (2012). (in Swedish). August Strindberg Routledge. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-136-97975-0 . Retrieved . 11 March 2016 Sørensen, Inger; Jansson, Anders; Eklöf, Margareta (1993). Operalexikonet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Forum. ISBN . 978-91-37-10380-8
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