Emma Klingenberg (1982)
is a Finland-Swedish actress and singer who has always been passionate about telling stories. And telling them through music is something she’s particularly passionate about!
“Her voice is spectacular. The soft jazz melodies suit her best, but she masters many styles.” — ÖT, C. Cederholm-2018
She was born and raised in Jakobstad, Finland. In 2005 she was the first Finn to graduate from the music theatre program at the Theatre Academy in Gothenburg. She has performed in plays, concerts, film, TV, and musicals in both Sweden and Finland. In 2017–2018, she played the role of Edith Piaf, acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, in “Piaf—I regret nothing” at Åbo Svenska Teater. At the same theatre she had (2015–2016) another memorable role as Maja from Åland in the music theatre performance “Stormskärs Maja”, director: Jakob Höglund.
Other roles she has played over the years include: Maj-Lis in the film “Tove” by Zaida Bergroth (2020), Florence Colleymoore in “The play that goes wrong” at Svenska Teatern, The Girl in “Once” at Lilla Teatern, Anne Egermann in “A Little Night Music”, Sugar in “Some Like it Hot” at Norrbottensteatern, Lilla My in “Kungen i Mumindalen” at Svenska Teatern (the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki), Irina in the musical play “Det hjärta man har” Svenska Teatern, in the revue “Va va de ja sa” at Lilla Teatern, Maria in “The Sound of Music” at Svenska Teatern, Stina in the TV series “Fanny” (Finnish national TV), Karin in the short film “Den dödes bror”, Petra in the short film “Tredje dejten” (Parad), and Judith in the oratio “Ingvar” at Svenska Teatern.
Emma also has extensive concert experience and has performed solo with, among others, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Åbo filharmoniker, Göteborgsmusiken, Vantaan Viihdeorkesteri, and Borås symfonietta.
In April 2018, Emma received the Stina Krook Foundation Award. In 2010, she was awarded the Erna Tauro Grant and in 2003 she received the Jenny Spennert Award. In 2022 she was awarded Barbara Helsingius – award.
“Emma Klingenberg shines. Her acting is at the same time powerful and fragile, tough and vulnerable, not just technically excellent but also emotionally charged. She is skinless, energetic and intense in a way that makes time and space disappear.” — /YLE, T. Jansson-2015
“Her roles can be seen as themes with variations, women who are shaped by their fates, but do something unexpected and more with them. In the same way Klingenberg is sensitive to the life stories that she interprets, but she does performances that are also Emma Klingenberg herself, she lifts the women, makes them visible, comprehensible and alive. Klingenberg is constant and flexible in just the right combination.” — / Stina Krook prize motivation- 2018