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 and at the Innsbrucker Festwochen, 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 as well as at the Norwegian National Opera, Natura and Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto at Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm, 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 regularly works with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Gary Cooper, Simon Carrington, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Marcello Di Lisa, Werner Ehrhardt, Eric Ericsson, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, 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 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, Purcell, Scarlatti, Telemann and Vivaldi.
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.
In 2012 he sang 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 Vivaldi's 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 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 has started with Evandre in Gluck's Alceste at Teatro Real Madrid, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Vlaamse Opera, Tito in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Madrid and Lisbon as well as Polidoro in A. Scarlatti’s Erminia in Dubrovnik with Concerto de’ Cavalieri, and Haydn's Stabat Mater with Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Don Ottavio - Perm State Opera
Teodor Currentzis, conductor
STRAVINSKY - Threni - Antwerp, Gent
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor / Royal Flemish Philharmonic
HAYDN - Die Schöpfung - Oslo, Moss
Grete Pedersen, conductor
MOZART - Die Zauberflöte / Tamino - Ho Chi Minh Opera House
Lars Notto Birkeland, conductor
HANDEL - Messiah - Oslo
Carl Høgset, conductor
VARIOUS COMPOSERS - Arias - Oslo
Lars-Erik ter Jung, conductor / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
DVORAK - Stabat Mater - Paris, Brussels, Poitiers
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor / Orchestre des Champs Elysées / Collegium Vocale Gent
VIVALDI - Oracolo in Messenia / Polifonte - Barbican London, Yokohama
Fabio Biondi, conductor
MOZART - Requiem - Trondheim
Bjørn Moe, conductor / Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir
HANDEL - Messiah - Bremen
Olof Boman, conductor / Bremer Philharmoniker
MONTEVERDI - L'Incoronazione di Poppea / Liberto Capitano / Famigliare 2 / Soldato 2 / Console 2
Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels
René Jacobs, conductor
HANDEL - Imeneo / Imeneo - Halle
Fabio Biondi, conductor / Europa Galante
MONTEVERDI - II Ritorno d'Ulisse / Giove / Pisandro - Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels
René Jacobs, conductor
HAYDN - Die Jahreszeiten - Warsaw
Martin Haselböck, conductor / Warsaw Philharmonics
MONTEVERDI - L'Incoronazione di Poppea / Liberto Capitano / Famigliare - Ruhrtriennale
René Jacobs, conductor