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.
Engagements have brought him to Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Settimana Musicale Senese Siena, Teatro Real Madrid, Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Innsbrucker Festwochen, Opéra Garnier Paris, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra Garnier Monaco, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Perm State Opera, Ho Chi Minh Opera, Drottningholm Festival Stockholm, Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera and Norwegian National Opera.
His roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Aret in Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis, Evandre in Gluck's Alceste, Ati in Gluck’s Aristeo, Giove in Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone, Giove in Martín y Soler’s La Dora Festeggiante and a large number of roles in operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, Cavalli and Scarlatti.
He is a much sought after concert singer and frequently appears in concert venues and festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire include a vast 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 Lawrence-King, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Juan Bautista Otero, Andrew Parrot, George Petrou, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Marc Soustrot, Andreas Spering, Jörg Straube, 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 included Dvorak's Stabat Mater in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Reggio Emilia, Dijon 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, the title role in Handel's Imeneo at the Handel Festival Halle, Polidoro in A. Scarlatti’s Erminia in Montpellier, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Norwegian National Opera, Handel's Messiah in Hanover and Bremen with Bremer Philharmoniker as well as in Stavanger with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House as well as in Elverum, Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust in Hanover and Mozart's Requiem in Trondheim. Concert engagements in Oslo included Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai, Bach's Christmas Oratorio Cantatas by Bach, Knut Nystedt's Apocalypsis Joannis and; all in Oslo.
Engagements in 2016 have so far included Bragherona in Gasmann's L'Opera Seria at Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, staged performances of Bach's St John Passion in Brussels with B'Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent as well as in concerts in Stavanger, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach's St Matthew Passion in Bergen and cantatas by Monteverdi, Schütz, A. Gabrieli and G. Gabrieli in Oslo.
HAYDN - Die Jahreszeiten - Warsaw
Martin Haselböck, conductor / Warsaw Philharmonics
DVORAK - Stabat Mater - Oslo, Drammen
Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, conductor / Drammen Symphony Orchestra
MOZART - Idomeneo / Arbace - Ingolstadt Festspiele
Kent Nagano, conductor / Concerto Köln
A. SCARLATTI - Erminia / Polidoro - Dresden
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de’ Cavalieri
BACH - St John Passion - Amsterdam, Wroclaw
Andreas Spering, conductor / B'Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent
HAYDN - Die Schöpfung - Kristiansund
Peder Reinsvik, conductor
HAYDN - Die Schöpfung - Oslo
Grete Pedersen, conductor
BACH - Mass in B minor - Oslo
Carl Høgset, conductor / Grex Vocalis
H. BERGE - Slaget på Vågen - Bergen
Ingar Bergby, conductor
MONTEVERDI - Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria - Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne
René Jacobs, conductor
MOZART - Mass in C minor - Oslo
Bernard Labadie, conductor / Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
WEILL - The Seven Deadly Sins - Osllo
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
ALBINONI - Zenobia, Regina de' Palmireni / Ormonte - Tour
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de' Cavalieri