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The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Ann-Beth Solvang studied at the Rogaland Conservatory of Music in Stavanger and at The State Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo.

She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2006-08. 2008-11 she was a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Hamburg. Her repertoire there included Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Flosshilde in DAS RHEINGOLD as well as in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Grimgerde in DIE WALKÜRE, Diana in LA CALISTO, Diane in IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Mercédès in CARMEN, Annina in LA TRAVIATA, Bersi in ANDREA CHENIER, Silla in PALESTRINA and Miss Betty in the world premiere of Oscar Strasnoy’s opera LE BAL.

Since then she has appeared at opera houses and festivals such as Bayerische Staatsoper München, Oper Zürich, Opéra national de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Teatr Wielki in Warszaw, Norwegian National Opera, Bergen National Opera, Theater Oldenburg, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and most frequently; Theater an der Wien.

She has added roles such as Erda in DAS RHEINGOLD, Fricka in DIE WALKÜRE, Waltraute in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Bianca in EINE FLORENTINISCHE TRAGÖDIE, Annio in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Orlovsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Maddalena in RIGOLETTO, Dido in DIDO AND AENEAS, Hippolyta A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, La Zelatrice in SUOR ANGELICA, Ursule in BEATRICE ET BENEDICT, Der Trommler in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, Minerva and Fortuna in IL RITORNO D´ULISSE IN PATRIA, Page in SALOME, Mary in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Ernesto in IL MONDO DELLA LUNA and Flavia in Telemann’s FLAVIUS BERTARIDUS.

Ann-Beth Solvang is a much sought-after concert singer, regularly appearing in concert venues and at festivals throughout Europe. In addition to the standard repertoire, she has had much success as Waldtaube in Schönberg’s GURRELIEDER, Marguerite in Berlioz’ LA DAMNATION DE FAUST and in Schubert’s rarely performed incidental music to ROSAMUNDE, FÜRSTIN VON ZYPERN.

She has worked with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, Vito Christofaro, James Duddle, John Helmer Fiore, Lawrence Foster, Riccardo Frizza, Rolf Gupta, Michael Güttler, Leo Hussain, Alexander Joel, Philippe Jordan, Alessandro De Marchi, Antonella Manacorda, Andew Manze, Gerhard Markson, Marc Minkowski, Jun Märkl, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, Erwin Ortner, Roberto Paternostro, Kirill Petrenko, Vasily Petrenko, Francois Xavier Roth, Peter Szilvay, Anu Tali, Konstantin Trinks, Peter Valentovic, Hendrik Vestmann, Philipp von Steinaecker and Simone Young.

In December 2017 she sang Flosshilde in DAS RHEINGOLD as well as in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG and Waltraute in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in Theater an der Wien’s abriged version of the RING.

Enggagements in 2018 has so far included Grimgerde in DIE WALKÜRE at Staatsoper Hamburg, Hippolyta A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Theater an der Wien, Waltraute in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in an abriged version at the Norwegian National Opera and Orlovsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Opera Rogaland,

Ann-Beth Solvang has recorded DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKÜRE and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (all for OEHMS Classics), Pergolesi’s L`OLIMPIADE (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), Songs by the Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnæs (1872-1932) (Toccata Classics), Telemann’s FLAVIUS BERTARIDUS (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) and SIX SONGS FOR THE UNQUIET TRAVELLER (Ensemble 2e2m).

October 2018

OPERA GALA
Saint-Saëns, Mozart – ARIAS
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Hendrik Vestmann, conductor

Schönberg – LIED DER WALDTAUBE (from Gurrelieder)
Ljubljana
Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor / Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner – SIEGFRIED / Erda
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Hendrik Vestmann, conductor

Berlioz – LA DAMNATION DE FAUST / Marguerite
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Vito Christofaro, conductor

Mahler – DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Hendrik Vestmann, conductor

Handel – MESSIAH
Kristiansand
Marianne Sødal Misje, conductor

Wagner – DIE WALKÜRE / Grimgerde
Staatsoper Hamburg
Kent Nagano, conductor

Donizetti – LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR / Alisa
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Vito Cristofaro, conductor

Humperdinck – HÄNSEL UND GRETEL / Mutter
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Felix Pätzold, conductor

Mendelssohn – ELIAS / Die Königin
Theater an der Wien
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor / Calixto Bieito, stage diretor

Jake Heggie – DEAD MAN WALKING / Mrs. De Rocher
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Carlos Vásquez, conductor

Mozart – LA CLEMENZA DI TITO / Sesto
Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
Hendrik Vestmann, conductor

October 2018

Den norske mezzo-sopranen Ann-Beth Solvang var solist ved Staatsoper Hamburg 2008-2011. Siden har hun vært frilans sanger og hun har sunget ved Bayerische Staatsoper München, Opéra de Bastille i Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet i Paris, Oper Zürich, Den Norske Opera, Teatr Wielki i Warszawa, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik og ved Theater an der Wien.

Hennes operararepertoar inkluderer Hänsel i HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Cherubino i LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Annio i LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Suzuki i MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Flosshilde i DAS RHEINGOLD og i GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Grimgerde i DIE WALKÜRE, Diane i IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE og Dido i DIDO AND AENEAS. Hun har også sunget et stort antall tidligmusikkroller av Händel, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Telemann og Vivaldi.

Som konsertsanger synger Ann-Beth Solvang regelmessig i konsertsaler og festivaler over hele Europa.

I 2017 synger hun Hippolyta i Brittens A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Flosshilde i DAS RHEINGOLD og Waltraute i GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG ved Theater an der Wien, Erda i DAS RHEINGOLD ved Oldenburgisches Staatstheater og Fortuna og Minerva i Monteverdis IL RITORNO DI ULISSE IN PATRIA ved Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.

Ann-Beth Solvangs CD og DVD innspillingene inkluderer Wagners DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKÜRE  og GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Pergolesis L`OLIMPIADE og Telemanns FLAVIUS BERTARIDUS. I tillegg har hun spilt inn en CD med sanger av den norske komponisten Eyvind Alnæs.

November 2017