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, 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, Gary Cooper, Simon Carrington, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Marcello Di Lisa, 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, 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.
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 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 have so far 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, 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, Handel's Messiah at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, Tito in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Ambronay with Concerto de’ Cavalieri, Mozart's Missa Brevis in Trondheim, Bach's St John Passion in Ringsaker with Collegium Vocale Chamber Orchestra and Dvorak's Mass in D major in Tromsoe.
MOZART - Die Zauberflöte / Tamino - Ho Chi Minh Opera House
Lars Notto Birkeland, conductor
KRAUS - Trauermusik für Gustav III + SCHUBERT - Mass No. 5 - Berliner Philharmonie
Werner Ehrhardt, conductor / L'arte del mondo / RIAS Kammerchor
BACH - Christmas Oratorio - Lillehammer, Hamar
Marit T. Bodsberg, conductor
HANDEL - Messiah - Bodoe
Øystein Jaeger, conductor
SAINT-SAËNS - Christmas Oratorio (Oratorio de Noêl) - Trondheim
Fredrik Sixten, conductor
GLUCK - Alceste / Evandre - Teatro Real Madrid
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Bach - Mass in B minor - Gothenburg
Andrew Manze, conductor / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
HAYDN - Stabat Mater - Oslo
George Petrou, conductor / Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Don Ottavio - Vlaamse Opera Antwerp
Alexander Joel, conductor
HANDEL - Alexander’s Feast - Handel Festival Halle
Bernhard Forck, conductor
KJELL HABBESTAD - Nenia / Fartein Valen - Haugesund
VARIOUS COMPOSERS - Arias
NN, conductor / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
SCARLATTI - Erminia / Polidoro - Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Opéra Garnier Paris,
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de' Cavalieri
DVORAK - Stabat Mater - Paris, Brussels, Poitiers
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor / Orchestre des Champs Elysées / Collegium Vocale Gent
MONTEVERDI - II Ritorno d'Ulisse / Eumete - Norwegian National Opera
Alessandro De Marchi, conductor
VIVALDI - Oracolo in Messenia / Polifonte - Barbican London, Yokohama
Fabio Biondi, conductor