A dream that became a vision that became reality

Malin Hartelius Artistic director

Malin Hartelius
Artistic director

After over 30 years as an opera singer with visits to many different countries and residency in some of them, I can confirm that our municipality is truly unique and an extraordinary place. My husband and I are delighted that we found our „ heaven on earth“ in Kvarnamåla three years ago and that is what inspired the dream.

I have so much to be thankful for and I’m proud having grown up in the municipality of Tingsryd.

Of everything I have gathered in terms of experiences along the years in the world of music, I would like to give back at least a little bit.

Thus evolved the idea to start a festival to allow both my beloved music and beloved hometown to unite in the genuinely rare way, I know is possible here.

Many thanks to all of you who participated in this journey, from the beginning, to help make the project happen!

Last year was a big success with great joy as well in the audience as on stage!

Region Kronoberg honored us with the award „Ascendant of the year 2018“!

We continue;

Closer to music, closer to each other, on the map!

Malin Hartelius
Artistic director


Greetings from Christian and Marianne Bernadotte

Christian och Marianne Bernadotte The patron of the festival

Christian och Marianne Bernadotte
The patron of the festival

Dear Malin,

Our friendship was formed by Mozart many years ago. Marianne and I lived in Cleveland and you were the Countess in Figaro with The Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Möst. Since then we have had the great honor to admire you in many different roles in Europe and the United States.

Personally, my favorites are your performances as Blondchen, Pamina, Celia, the Countess among many others in Mozart's operas. It's as though he had you and your wonderfully soft and warm voice in mind when he composed his big operas!

Your resumé is not bad: Studied at the Conseratnory in Vienna; Winner of the order Litteris et Artibus from the King; appearances with Maestros like Blomstedt, Harnoncourt, Gardiner and Welser-Möst; great successes in opera houses in Vienna, Zurich, Salzburg, Paris and others around the world. Sweden has an outstanding ability to develop world-class opera stars. You are one among them!

But it's not just your success as a soprano that best characterizes you. Just like on stage, you give all of yourself in your personal relationships, from family to friends and colleagues. While you have a great driving force, you create warmth around you with your loyalty and compassion for others. Marianne and I are blessed to be able to call you a good friend.

And now you have taken your driving force and talent to the countryside where you grew up, and created "The Kvarnamåla International Music Festival" with many fine Swedish and international artists. We wish you all the best and welcome all guests and artists to this event. I am convinced that the festival will be a big success - not only this year but also for many years to come. Kvarnamåla is indeed lucky to have you as a resident!

Brava Malin!