The list author says: "It is not a simple project to track down interviews of singers in European magazines. Search engines often stop at the front cover of the current issue. The following info should help.
Interviews in German: 1. Das Opernglas (Ausgabe 5 / 2006), Das Portraet "JETZT IST MEINE ZEIT!"
2. Migros Magazin Nr. 26, 28. Juni 2005 "MAMA IST EIN STAR".
3. Swedish: Smalandsposten covers Malin's activities in Vaxjo, Tingsryd and Konga. Smalandsposten can be fully accessed online by entering Hartelius in the search box on it's home page (SOK is Swedish for search). Some browsers will auto translate this site.
4. English: Opera News May 2008, vol 72, no. 11 "HIGH FIDELITY" Cool Cleveland web site.
5. WCLV (Cleveland Ohio) covers her Cleveland performances, and has online archive search.
There are short biographies online, but none of these cover her early life.
Malin Hartelius sang in a sing-along at the age of 7, having been inspired by the church choir when she could barely talk. As a teenager she sang in a weekend "Dansband" (Swedish pop band). Her parents advised her to get voice lessons before she damaged her voice. After a period of vocal study in both classical and popular technique, her teacher took her to Salzburg. This trip, and singing in an opera in Sweden, convinced her to go classical.
In my opinion, an early start, supportive parents and Sweden's culture of singing, explains her ability to sing as if this would be an entirely natural way to communicate.
At the age of 19 she left Sweden for Austria and settled in a suburb of Zurich Switzerland. In the two German articles, she talks about raising two children while singing opera. Her thoughts on the importance of living life fully, ie a healthy life and well cared for children are very perceptive. Singers have gained a wonderful philosopher. Not listed here is a Handel Messiah in German on Sony CD."
"I have sung this work in choral groups and church choirs(choir bass part). No other recording comes closer to my ideal for this work. Malin has a way of finding other musicians with exceptional talent to work with. Recorded 1995"
"This is Mozart's first opera written at age 12. Yet again she is with a perfect cast, nothing is spared, acting wise, in this bare stage production. Malin is perfectly cast here. Opera is uneven, but has its moments. A raunchy sense of humor is a prerequisite for viewing this DVD. Recorded 2006"
"I was able to borrow this from a nearby library. Disc 1 is the most boring thing I have ever watched. Disc 2 is a bit better. Malin makes an all out effort to save L'Oca del Cairo, an opera that Mozart gave up on, with good reason. Her generous nature really shows here as she makes the best of a trivial opera fragment while wearing a cheap costume. Recorded 2006"
"Malin's part here is very small, and there is little anyone could do with it. Schumann's music is all beautiful, but this goes nowhere in my opinion. Harnoncourt finds more in the score than Gardiner. Sound is OK, nothing special."
"Get the DVD version if you want to see Malin in an oratorio. Also available as MP3. It is wonderful to have so many sound options, audiophiles now can compare formats using the same performance. This is a very exciting performance in a beautiful setting. 2008"