The Norwegian soprano Birgitte Christensen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
1999-2003 she was engaged at the opera in Innsbruck. Since then she has appeared at opera houses such as Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, National Theater Mannheim, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Municipal de Chile, the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and most frequently; the Norwegian National Opera.
Her 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, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Micaëla in Carmen, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, 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 frequently appears in 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, Britten, Weill and a large number of works contemporary composers.
She regularly works with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Jürgen Budday, Gregor Bühl, Herbert Böck, Paolo Carignani, Francesco Corti, Teodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Paul Daniel, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Diego Fasolis, John Helmer Fiore, Adam Fischer, Mikhail Granovsky, Leopold Hager, Olaf Henzold, Manfred Honeck, Robert Howarth, Leo Hussain, René Jacobs, Alexander Joel, Ralf Kircher, Nicholas Kraemer, Stefan Klingele, Christian Lindberg, Andrew Manze, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Stefano Montanari, Christopher Moulds, Tobias Ringborg, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Peter Schreier, Marc Soustrot, Peter Szilvay, Steven Sloane, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov, Mario Venzago, Bruno Weil, Michael Alexander Willens and Lothar Zagrosek.
The 2012/13 season included Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Norwegian National Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Violetta in La Traviata with the Arctic Opera, 1:st Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, excerpts from Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Berg’s Wozzeck with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat in Bodoe and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Trondheim as well as in Oslo.
Engagements in the season 2013/14 included Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Violetta in La Traviata with the Norwegian National Opera, Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 - Lobgesang with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem in Stavanger as well as in Oslo, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder with the Norwegian Youth Orchestra, Verdi's Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra as well as with Oslo Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Mass in C minor in Fredrikstad and concerts with various opera arias with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
The season 2014/15 included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Paris, Barcelona, Oviedo, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Russian National Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as well as in Oslo with Norwegian National Youth Orchestra, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, a gala concert with Opera Østfold and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem as well as Mendelssohn's Elijah in Oslo.
The season 2015/16 included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Prague and Freiburg with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs as well as in Opéra de Versailles and Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie with Leo Hussain, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito in Moscow with Russian National Orchestra and Stefano Montanari, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Nordfjord, Opera Gala's with Malmö Symphony Orchestra as well as with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in Trondheim, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Bodoe, Schönberg's String Quartet No. 2 in Bergen and Gala Concerts with Arctic Philharmonic.
Gluck - Alceste / Alceste
René Jacobs, conductor
Mendelssohn - Psalm 42
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor
Various - Opera arias
Opening concert Oslo Opera Festival
Bruckner - Te Deum
Iver Kleive, conductor
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Federico Maria Sardelli, conductor / Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Donna Anna
Komische Oper Berlin
Henrik Nánási, conductor
Telemann - Brockes Passion
Marc Fahning, conductor