One of Sweden’s most distinguished opera composers

One of Sweden’s most distinguished opera composers

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Paula af Malmborg Ward is a Swedish composer and musician with a penchant for musical drama. Born in Stockholm in 1962. Composes music in a former coal tower in the old harbour area Nya Varvet, Gothenburg where she lives since 1992. Timing and text are key words in both opera creating, works for orchestra and choir, solo and ensemble and music for TV and radio.

With operas commissioned by The Royal Opera, Stockholm, Gothenburg Opera and Vadstena Academy, orchestral pieces commissioned/performed by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Swedish radio orchestra and collaborations with conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Neeme Järvi and Kent Nagano, Paula´s musical field is of great variation in different genres.

Her chamber music is commissioned/performed by Trio Poseidon, Norrbotten Big Band, Duo Ego, Gilda Lyons, The Miller-Porfiris Duo, Bohuslän Big Band, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Duo Gelland, Erik Westbergs vocal ensemble and Hans Davidsson among others.

She loves to sing. And play. And conduct. And talk.

Thinks: being a musician must be the finest of professions.

Then thinks: but they must have something to play too.


Latest News

  • Proud to present two CDs this spring. Stunning flute player Göran Marcusson´s solo CD and my own "Pållans låtar - till slut från början"  - [...]

  • My duet for cello and double bass was performed within the Royal Philharmonic´s chamber music series. Thank you Kajsa William-Olsson (vlc) and Emma Agnas de [...]

  • Album number one - recording accomplished. Happier than ever! We had an inspiring week in Studio epidemin with recording master Johannes Lundberg. Now Ludvig Ward [...]

  • Solspel - 55 takter före skymningen (Sunplay - 55 bars before dusk) for mixed choir a cappella, was premiered by wonderful Erik Westbergs vocal [...]

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  • 30/03/2022

    Release party for my first solo album! Studio session no 1 accomplished. Grateful to have been meeting up with some of the best musical [...]

  • 30/07/2022

    POSTPONED to 2022 - Uddevalla kyrka. A special, "taylor-made" commission for wonderful Chalmus music week in Ljungskile. Mixed choir, recitation, piano and ping pong balls. [...]

  • 16/09/2022

    First performance of my dialectical mass, including several prophane poems. A wonderful collaborative project initiated by "creative motor" and organist Hans Davidsson, with sound/visual [...]

  • 01/09/2023

    Opera in two acts. Commissioned by Gothenburg Opera. PREMIERE POSTPONED to September 2023. Nelly (soprano): Kerstin Avemo Francis (tenor): Joakim Bäckström Harald (barytone): Åke [...]

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  • Kärlekskriget

    Ivonas aria (Shanowny pan!).
    Amelia Jakobsson sopran
    Musik Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Libretto Mathias Clason
    Urpremiär 2017 med Vattnäs konsertladas orkester under ledning av Fredrik Burstedt.

  • Vill ni ha ett frostigt päron?

    Mosters aria, Tove Dahlberg mezzosopran
    Musik Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Libretto Magnus Nilsson
    Vadstena-Akademiens orkester under ledning av Olov Boman
    Foto: Staffan Gustavsson

  • Bombpartyt

    Mrs M’s aria.
    Birgit-Louise Frandsen sopran och GöteborgsOperans orkester under ledning av B.Tommy Andersson.
    Urpremiär 1998 på GöteborgsOperan med libretto av Lars af Malmborg efter romanen Dr Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party.

  • Antarktis

    Paula af Malmborg Wards musik flödar i ett fantasifullt scenrum skapat av scenografen och kostymören Tomas Sjöstedt i koreografi av Lidia Wos.
    Dansare från Regionteater Väst och Bohuslän Big Band

Sound Clips
  • Sambal Dente, extract

    Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO)
    Cond: Neeme Järvi

  • Guido la guida

    3rd mvt Il gallo cortonese, sinfonia concertante – extract
    Helsingborg symphony orchestra (HSO)
    Cond: Bramwell Tovey

  • Operatic extract

    Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO)
    Cond: Gustavo Dudamel

  • Hittekvinnan utdrag: Psykvårds-cha-cha (The Foundling Woman extract: Mental care cha-cha)

    1st prize Prix d´Italia 2006
    Voices: Maria af Malmborg Linnman, alto, Susanna Levonen, mezzo soprano, Mikael Samuelsson, baritone
    Swedish Radio orchestra (SRSO) – Cond: Mats Rondin

  • Djävulsknuten – (The devil´s knot)

    Music for SVT´s Christmas calendar 2005, En decemberdöm (A december dream)
    Mixed ensemble from Gothenburg symphony orchestra (GSO), Bohuslän Big Band and Gothenburg wind orchestra (GWO)
    Piano and conductor: Paula af Malmborg Ward
    Recording: Nilento Studio

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List of works

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  • Jazz-pop bossa-salsa-ensemble, vocals


  • opera in two acts


  • choir, orchestra, organ and video art


  • choir a cappella


  • organ solo


  • 14 porter bottles and out-of-tune-piano


  • violin/viola


  • mixed choir, recitation and piano


  • flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, viloncello


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