The Norwegian soprano Birgitte Christensen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. 1999-2003 she was engaged at the opera in Innsbruck.
She works with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Jürgen Budday, Gregor Bühl, Herbert Böck, Paolo Carignani, Francesco Corti, Teodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Diego Fasolis, John Helmer Fiore, Adam Fischer, Mikhail Granovsky, Leopold Hager, Olaf Henzold, Manfred Honeck, Robert Howarth, René Jacobs, Alexander Joel, Ralf Kircher, Nicholas Kraemer, Stefan Klingele, Christian Lindberg, Andrew Manze, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Christopher Moulds, Tobias Ringborg, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Peter Schreier, Peter Szilvay, Steven Sloane, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov, Mario Venzano, Bruno Weil, Michael Alexander Willens and Lothar Zagrosek.
Recent opera engagements have brought her to opera houses such as Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, National Theater Mannheim, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and the Norwegian National Opera.
Her opera roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Violetta in La Traviata, Liu in Turandot, Micaëla in Carmen, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Musetta in La bohème, Mrs. Fluth in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe, Jenny in Mahagonny and Cunegonde in Candide. She has also sung several roles in baroque operas, including the title roles in Handel’s Alcina and Partenope, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bellezza in Handel’s Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Iphis in Handel’s Jephta, Edronica in Telemann’s Der Geduldige Socrates, Gionata in Conti’s David and the title role in Monteverdi’s L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
Birgitte Christensen has appeared in numerous concert halls and festivals throughout Europe. Her exceptionally wide repertoire include works by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Verdi, Strauss, Mahler, Debussy as well as a number of contemporary composers.
The 2011/12 season included Nedda in I Pagliacci at Oscarsborg Opera Festival, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes at the Norwegian National Opera, excerpts from Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Berg’s Wozzeck with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Fauré’s Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, arias by Mozart with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, arias by Mozart at the Vestfold International Festival and Handel’s Messiah in Oslo.
The 2012/13 season included Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Norwegian National Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with the Arctic Opera, 1:st Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat and Easter Oratorio in Bodoe and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Trondheim as well as in Oslo.
Engagements for the 2013/14 season and beyond include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Violetta in La Traviata at the Norwegian National Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in semi-staged performances in Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Oviedo, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong with the conductor René Jacobs, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Russian National Orchestra and the conductor Paul Daniel, Verdi's Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the conductor John Helmer Fiore as well as with Oslo Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Iver Kleive, Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 - Lobgesang with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Rolf Gupta, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem in Stavanger as well as in Oslo, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder with the Norwegian Youth Orchestra and the conductor Rolf Gupta, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Oslo Bach Choir and the conductor Iver Kleive, and concerts with various opera arias with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.