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About the Performers

This year, Anna-Lisa Jakobsson, one of Scandinavia’s best Mezzo Sopranos, celebrates being on stage for 40 years. Join our famous mezzo soprano, Dr. Robert Sharon on the piano, and Laura Olsson, soprano, in an evening of music by Sibelius, Alfven, Peterson-Berger, Rangström, Sjöberg, Grieg, Bernstein, Sondheim, Porter, Bizet, Puccini, Offenbach, Garner, and Mackeben.

Anna-Lisa Jakobsson

Anna-Lisa Jakobsson,
born in Finland, earned her Master Degree in Music from the Sibelius Academy of Music, Helsinki, and a Master Degree + a Bachelors Degree from Åbo Academy University. She was enrolled for 2 years at Universität der Kunste, Berlin, and at Freie Universität, Berlin.
Ms. Jakobsson has more than 70 roles in her operatic repertoire and has performed in 300 concerts, including oratory performances. Her signature role can be said to be Carmen, a role she has sung 100 times, in casts including Agnes Balsa, Teresa Berganza, Giuseppe Giacomini and Alberto Cupido.
Her repertoire includes a vast selection of all major operatic Mezzo-roles, including Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss, Stravinski, Strauss, Sallinen, Rautavaara, Aho, Sondheim, Janacek, Mussorgsky, and many more.
Her German debut was at Deutsche Oper, Berlin as “Auntie”, in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
She took part in the World Premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo, 1992, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. One of her major roles during her career was “Die Amme” in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, in 2009, for which she got rave reviews for her excellent singing, as well as excellent acting.
She has made major tours to Japan and South America, and been recorded by BIS, Finlandia Records, and Ondine. She has performed numerous times at Savonlinna Opera Festival, and has taken part in World Premieres of contemporary operas, one of which recorded by NHK Satellite Japan, and been part of made for TV-operas.
Ms.  Jakobsson was The Artist in Residence at Åbo Academy University, Novia University for Applied Sciences 2005-2011, and had her own private voice studio in Helsinki.
At 2011, she received the title of “Knight of the Finnish Lion”, by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, as well as the Silver Medal of Honor by the Finnish Actos’s Guild.
After her relocation to the United States, she has maintained her own private voice studios, with both amateur and professional students.

Dr. Robert Sharon,
 began his piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first recital at the age of seven. He was a scholarship student at The Julliard School, where he received his B.S. and M.S. in Piano. He received his Ph.D. in Performance from New York City University and The Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include many world- famous pianists, as Mitchell Andrews, Jane Carlson.
Dr. Sharon has been featured performer at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kravis Center, Broward Center and many other venues throughout the world. He has performed as soloist with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Philharmonic, etc.
He has played and conducted some of the most highly regarded choruses in the country, as well as worked with some of the most highly regarded conductors, and soloists of our time. Among these Abraham Kaplan, Willard White, Virginia Zeani, Itzhak Perlman and many others.
He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Dreyfoos School of Music, Vocal Coach and Accompanist and Music Director for various venues in Florida. In 1999 Dr Sharon was awarded the title of “Distinguished Educator” by the University of Florida. Currently he is on the Music Faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University, Founder and Director of Robert Sharon Choral, a community chorus in West Palm Beach.

Laura Olsson,
studied at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, 2002-2005, where she  graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music.
Laura performed in roles in the Walt Disney Wonder and Disney Magic mainstages at the Disney Cruise Line 2007-2012. She worked as a cantor and lead vocalist with Corpus Christi Catholic Church 2010-2014, in Celebration, Florida. At present, she is the business owner of Johans’ Joe, Swedish Coffee House in West Palm Beach