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. He has quickly gained reputation as one of Scandinavia’s foremost singers.
Opera engagements have included Gluck’s one act operas 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, Enea in Cavalli's La Didone at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and at Teatro Regio di Torino, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Innsbrucker Festwochen, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as well as at the Norwegian National Opera, Natura and Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto at Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, 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.
He regularly works with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Gary Cooper, Simon Carrington, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Eric Ericsson, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, René Jacobs, Stefan Klingele, Nicholas Kraemer, Cristoph Kühlwein, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Juan Bautista Otero, Andrew Parrot, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Marc Soustrot, Mark Tatlow and Ottaviano Tenerani.
His concert repertoire include a large number of masses, oratorios, symphonies and song cycles by Bach, Beethoven, Britten, Caldara, Dvorak, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Scarlatti, Telemann and Vivaldi.
Engagements in 2010 included Purcell’s King Arthur in Paris and Toulouse, Martín y Soler’s Il Sogno and La Dora Festeggiante in Barcelona, Lucano, Soldato 1 and Famigliari 2 in L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Norwegian National Opera, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Kristiansand, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s St. John Passion and Bach’s Mass in B minor; all in Oslo, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm and Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Paris, Brussels and Lisbon. He also recorded Celio in the newly discovered Serenata Germanico by Handel.
Assignments in 2011 included Telemaco in II Ritorno d'Ulisse at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino in Brussels as well as at the Edinburgh Festival, Catone in Vivaldi’s in Catone in Utica at Theater an der Wien, Polifonte in Vivaldi’s Oracolo in Messenia in Krakow, Bach’s Mass in B minor in Leipzig, Zürich, Cologne and Seoul, arias by Monteverdi in Rennes (France), concerts with arias by Mozart in Norway, a recital with songs by Schubert, Schumann and Britten in Stavanger, Beethoven’s Mass in C major in Oslo, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Oslo, and Ragnar Söderlind’s Requiem in Oslo, Mozart’s Requiem in Oslo.
Engagements in 2012 included Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Swedish Opera as well as in semi-staged performances with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica in Krakow, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Drottningholm Festival, concerts in Vienna and Caen as well as recording of Polifonte in Vivaldis Oracolo in Messenia with Europa Galante, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Valencia and Rome with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Oslo with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Stockholm with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Berio's Sinfonia with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel's Messiah at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival Hamar as well as in Oslo.
Engagements in 2013 has so far included Traetta's Stabat Mater in Amsterdam and Krakow 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, and Bach's St John Passion in Ringsaker with Collegium Vocale Cahmber Orchestra.
TRAETTA - Stabat Mater - Saint-Denis
Christophe Rousset, conductor
Mozart - Missa Brevis - Trondheim
Petra Bjorkhaug, conductor
HANDEL - Messiah - Ho Chi Minh Opera House
Lars Notto Birkeland, conductor
HANDEL - Alexander’s Feast - Handel Festival Halle
Bernhard Forck, conductor
HANDEL - Imeneo / Imeneo - Siena
Fabio Biondi, conductor
VIVALDI - Tito Manlio / Tito - Ambronay, Madrid + recording
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor
VIVALDI - Il Farnace / Aquilio - Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence
Federico Maria Sardelli, conductor
BACH - Christmas Oratorio - Lillehammer, Hamar
Marit T. Bodsberg, conductor
GLUCK - Alceste / Evandre - Teatro Real Madrid
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Don Ottavio - Vlaamse Opera Antwerp
Alexander Joel, conductor
VIVALDI - Oracolo in Messenia / Polifonte - Yokohama
Fabio Biondi, conductor