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 been connected to the Norwegian National Opera. Guest 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 and the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow.
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, 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.
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.
Mendelssohn - Elijah
Iver Kleive, conductor
Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Paul Daniel, conductor / Russian National Orchestra and the
Bach - Christmas Oratorio
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor / Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Donna Anna
Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Oviedo, Prague, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong
René Jacobs, conductor / Freiburger Barockorchester
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Marc Soustrot conductor / Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Mozart - La clemenza di Tito / Vitellia
Christopher Moulds, conductor
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Rolf Gupta, conductor / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem
Steffen Kammler, conductor
Christian Lindberg, conductor