The Norwegian tenor Magnus Staveland was born in Stavanger. He studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo, and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen with Susanna Eken. He graduated in the summer of 2008.
Opera engagements have included Gluck’s Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone at Opéra Garnier Paris, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Opéra Garnier Monaco and Le Corum Montpellier, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Staatsoper Berlin as well as at Innsbrucker Festwochen, Edinburgh Festival and Bozar Brussels, Enea in Cavalli's La Didone at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and at Teatro Regio di Torino, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, at the Royal Swedish Opera, at the Norwegian National Opera and in staged performances with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Natura and Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto at Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, Telemaco in II Ritorno d'Ulisse at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Catone in Vivaldi’s in Catone in Utica at Theater an der Wien, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm, Polifonte in Vivaldi’s Oracolo in Messenia in Krakow, Aret in Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis in Madrid, Siena and Potsdam, Lucano, Soldati 1 and Famigliari 2 in L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Royal Danish Opera as well as at the Norwegian National Opera, Pierrot Lunaire in Stavanger, and Arne Nordheim’s Aurora in Oslo. Semi-staged performances include Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Paris, Brussels and Lisbon, Purcell’s King Arthur in Paris and Toulouse and Martín y Soler’s Il Sogno and La Dora Festeggiante in Barcelona.
He is a much sought after concert singer and frequently appears in concert venues throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire include a large number of masses, oratorios, symphonies and song cycles by Bach, Beethoven, Britten, Caldara, Dvorak, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Purcell, Scarlatti, Telemann, Traetta and Vivaldi.
He regularly works with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Olof Boman, Simon Carrington, Gary Cooper, Teodor Currentzis, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Marcello Di Lisa, Werner Ehrhardt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Stefan Klingele, Nicholas Kraemer, Christoph Kühlewein, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Juan Bautista Otero, Andrew Parrot, George Petrou, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Marc Soustrot, Ottaviano Tenerani and Lars-Erik ter Jung.
Engagements in 2013 included Aquilio in Vivaldi's Il Farnace as well as concerts of Bach's St Matthew Passion at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, the title role in Handel's Imeneo at Settimana Musicale Senese in Siena with Europa Galante, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte as well as concerts of Handel's Messiah in Ho Chi Minh Opera House, Traetta's Stabat Mater in Amsterdam, Krakow, Ambronay and Saint-Denis with Les Talens Lyriques, Mozart's Mass in C minor in Tokyo and Kanasawa with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Bach's St Matthew Passion in Reggio Emilia, Bressanone and Merano with Münchener Bachorchester, Tito in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Ambronay with Concerto de’ Cavalieri, Kraus' Trauermusik für Gustav III and Schubert's Mass No. 5 in the Berliner Philharmonie, Mozart's Missa Brevis in Trondheim, Bach's St John Passion in Ringsaker, Handel's Messiah in Bodoe, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Lillehammer and Hamar, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio in Trondheim, and Dvorak's Mass in D major in Tromsoe.
2014 included Evandre in Gluck's Alceste at Teatro Real Madrid, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Vlaamse Opera as well as at Perm State Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, Tito in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Madrid and Lisbon and Polidoro in A. Scarlatti’s Erminia in Dubrovnik; both with Concerto de’ Cavalieri, Stravinsky's Threni in Antwerp and Gent with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Haydn's Stabat Mater with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Academy Haydn, concerts with arias by various composers with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa solemnis in Oslo, Handel's Messiah in Oslo as well as in Sandnes.
2015 has started with Dvorak's Stabat Mater in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Reggio Emilia, Dojon and Poitiers with Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Polifonte in Vivaldi's Oracolo in Messenia at the Barbican in London as well as in Yokohama with Europa Galante, Handel's Messiah in Hanover and Bremen with Bremer Philharmoniker, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, and Mozart's Requiem in Trondheim.
HANDEL - Imeneo / Imeneo - Halle
Fabio Biondi, conductor / Europa Galante
- SCARLATTI - Erminia / Polidoro - Montpellier
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de’ Cavalieri
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9 - Elverum
Andrew Manze, conductor / Norwegian National Youth Orchestra
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Don Ottavio - Norwegian National Opera
Antonino Fogliani, conductor
HANDEL - Messiah - Stavanger
Bjarte Eike, conductor / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
BACH - Christmas Oratorio - Oslo
Carl Høgset, conductor
GASSMANN - L'Opera Seria / Bragherona - Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels
René Jacobs, conductor
BACH - St John Passion - Brussels
Andreas Spering, conductor / B'Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent
HAYDN - Die Jahreszeiten - Warsaw
Martin Haselböck, conductor / Warsaw Philharmonics