Jacoba Arekhi is a Swiss - Swedish soprano with Turkmen, Bolivian and Argentinian roots. She was born and brought up in Switzerland where she studied the piano from an early age at the Musik - Akademie Basel.
Jacoba’s education as a vocalist began when she gained a scholarship to attend the prestigious music school Södra Latin in Stockholm. She then studied for a Bachelor's Degree at the Royal College of Music Stockholm as well as attending the Opera Studio in Stockholm. During her time at the Royal College of Music she also completed Master classes such as Renate Faltin's Master class at the ‘Mozarteum’ International Summer Academy in Salzburg and Master classes at the Berlin Opera Academy, where she contributed to various opera stagings as a solo vocalist. In September 2019 she completed her Master's Degree in opera and stage performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Rostock, where she was taught by Eva Zwedberg. As part of her finals, she performed the leading role in the opera The diary of Anne Frank by G. Frid, for which she received a scholarship from the Friends and Supporters of the University of Music and Performing Arts Rostock.
Jacoba Arekhi is a very passionate stage performer and has starred in a number of opera productions. She performed the role of the First Lady in the Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart at the Theater Vorpommern, and she starred as Nella in the opera Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini, staged in the Royal Hall at the Royal College of Music Stockholm. Furthermore, Jacoba starred as Serpetta in W.A. Mozart‘s La finta giardiniera at the Årsta Teater in Sweden and she excelled in the commissioned opera Clanga Pomarina by B. Saupe, which was performed during the Opernale Festival. This latter performance brought her accolades in the professional opera journal Orpheus. In 2020, Jacoba Arekhi was one of the finalists at the international singing competition of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg as well as in the Sacred Music International Competition in Rome.
Jacoba is a stage vocalist, with experience in a variety of stagings such as the Bach Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen performed in the Warnemünder Church as well as during the Festival Greifswlader Bachwoche, the Italian Song Book by H. Wolf performed in Luzern, the soprano solo in A German Requiem by J. Brahms and in F. Poulencs’ Gloria performed in Stockholm. In the summer of 2022 Jacoba performed as a soloist in both J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio as well as E. Elgar‘s Oratorio The Light if Life in the Festival Greifswalder Bachwoche. Jacoba Arekhi is also familiar with televised vocal performances, having taken part in Sweden’s main station’s (SVT) programme Luciamorgon.
In summer 2020, Jacoba Arekhi was invited to perform in productions such as "The Little Magic Flute" of the Theater Vorpommern and in a Swedish song program at a number of churches. Due to the Corona pandemic, however, all performances were cancelled. Jacoba uses the performance - free time to…
The Diary of Anne Frank by G. Frid
Jacoba Arekhi chose to work with this opera since she is fascinated by G. Frid’s musical implementation of the topic. G. Fried wrote both the libretto and the music for the mono-opera "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank". The libretto is almost identical to the structure of the original literature...
The Swedish St. Lucia tradition
On the morning of December 13, a girl in a white dress with a candle crown on her head visits almost every house in Sweden. This is the Queen of Lights St. Lucia with her maidens in her entourage. The Legend of a young woman who brings light into the darkest time of the year and...
September / October 2019
Different Articles about the Opera "Clanga Pomarina" in newspapers such as the professional opera journal "Orpheus"
“The soprano Jacoba Arekhi and the tenor Collin Schöning will give their successful debut..." Clanga Pomarina by B. Saupe and H. Sehmsdorf does not only let us look into the life of a Pomeranian Lesser Spotted Eagle, which is threatened with extinction, and the reasons for their small population, but also into the situation of the countries the Eagle flies over twice a year. (Photo: Vincet Leifer)
Read more about Jacoba Arekhi in the column "Face of the day" in the Newspaper Ostsee- Zeitung
Jacoba Arekhi lives in Greifswald as a freelance artist. The young woman works on different music projects and at the Theater Vorpommern. She is very international: her father comes from the Central Asian Turkmenistan, her mother has Argentinean and Bolivian backgrounds.
The University hmt Rostock and the newspaper Ostsee-Zeitung published articles about Jacoba and her Swedish background
"At the University of Music and Performing Arts Rostock, where students from over 40 unites, many customs come together. This year the focus was on an important Swedish tradition, known as the procession to the Lucia festival. Five students practised it and performed part of it in one of the Christmas concerts. The idea came from the student Jacoba Arekhi."