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Bergen National Opera is delighted to launch a brand new season of recitals featuring distinguished artists in Bergen's beautiful historic hall, Håkonshallen.

Along with our singers and pianists, the concerts also underline our ongoing relationship with Bjarte Eike and musicians from Barokksolistene, who will be integral to two of our events.

We will also feature Baroque dancer Steven Player.

In our special season celebrating our 10th anniversary as a company, we want to present the human singing voice in all its wonder.

15. januar
Sae-Kyung Rim / Sopran
Stephen Higgins / Piano

22. januar
Marianne Beate Kielland / Mezzosopran
Bjarte Eike og Barokksolistene

12. februar
Magnus Staveland / Tenor
Bjarte Eike og Barokksolistene
Steve Player / Dans

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19. februar
Mari Eriksmoen / Sopran
Jie Zhang / Piano

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Introduction 45 min. before the recital.

Duration: 1 hour


Contributing actors


Magnus staveland

The Norwegian tenor Magnus Staveland studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo, and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Engagements have brought him to La Scala in Milan, Teatro Real in Madrid and Staatsoper Berlin – to mention a few. His roles include the great Mozartian roles Don Ottavio and Tamino, along with protagonists in operas by Haydn, Gluck, Monteverdi and Handel. He is a much sought after concert singer and frequently appears throughout Europe and Asia in repertoire which include works by Bach via Beethoven to Britten. This season, Magnus Staveland will appear in the role of Anfinomo in Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at La Monnaie and Theater an der Wien.


Marianne Beate Kielland

The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, and she has later become one of Norway’s most successful singers. Equally at home in oratorio, recitals, concerts, opera and contemporary music-theatre, she appears all over the world in major concert halls, opera houses and festivals. Her varied repertoire spans from Monteverdi via Mahler to Stockhausen. She has an extensive list of CD-recordings, including music by Bach, Handel, Schumann and Schönberg – to mention a few. Highlights from last season were Beetoven’s 9th symphony in Sydney Opera House with the orchestra Anima Eterna Brugge under Jos van Immerseel, and Anitra in Peer Gynt with the Wiener Symphoniker under Marc Minkowski.


Mari Eriksmoen

The Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen has her vocal studies from the academies in Oslo, Paris and Copenhagen. Over the last six years, she has had a most remarkable career on the operatic stage and on the concert podium. Notably, she has triumphed in Mozartian roles such as Blonde, Susanna, Zerlina, Pamina and Fiordiligi in major houses like Theater an der Wien, La Monnaie, Bayerische Staatsoper and Glyndebourne. At the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, she has sung Adele, Olympia and Pamina to great critical acclaim. Recent concert appearances include Solveig in Peer Gynt, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Handel’s Messiah and Ein deutches Requiem by Brahms. This recital marks her first engagement with Bergen National Opera.


Sae Kyung Rim

The award-winning Korean soprano, Sae-Kyung Rim, trained at the Conservatory of Music in Milan and the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala under Leyla Gencer. Over a short period of time, she has made a mark as a succesfull singer at the leading opera houses world-wide. The 2014/15 season included the titlerole in Madame Butterfly at Wiener Staatsoper, and the titlerole in Aida in Munich. Last season she sang both Aida and Leonora in Verona, in addition to an unforgettable titlerole in Madama Butterfly at Bergen National Opera and TSO Music Theater in Trondheim. She has sung under conductors as Riccardo Muti, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Riccardo Chailly, and Daniel Barenboim.


Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins studied at University of Oxford, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in London. He works as a conductor and pianist with leading British operahouses like Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Scottish Opera. For ENO he has conducted The Magic Flute, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni for the festival in Porto, in addition to several musicals by Sondheim for Châtelet in Paris. This season, he is conducting Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave at Opéra Ntaional de Paris. Stephen Higgins is also a very sought-after vocal coach and chorus master, and he is a frequent guest with Bergen National Opera.


Bjarte Eike

Bjarte Eike is artistic leader for Barokksolistene and holds the position as Norway’s leading baroque violinist. He studied violin at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and baroque violin in London, where he graduated with the highest score. Bjarte Eide made a mark as a musician in residence at both Bergen International Festival in 2008 and Nordwind Festival in Berlin 2009. He established the critic acclaimed ensemble Baroque Fever, and works now as a freelance violinist, both as a soloist and concert master, all over Europe in ensembles as Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino and I Fagiolini. Especially memorable is his musical leadership of Handel’s Alcina at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet in 2014. Bjarte Eike has recently been a guest at Mimi Goes Glamping – Bergen National Opera’s own festival.

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  • 15/01 Sunday 0:00

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  • 22/01 Sunday 0:00

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  • 12/02 Sunday 0:00

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  • 19/02 Sunday 0:00

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