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The Norwegian soprano Birgitte Christensen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Her career started as a member of the ensemble at the opera in Innsbruck. Since then she has appeared at opera houses and festivals such as Opéra National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, National Theater Mannheim, Komische Oper Berlin, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Opéra de Versailles, Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Ruhrtriennale, Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and most frequently; the Norwegian National Opera.

Her roles include the title role in Beethoven’s LEONORE, the title role in Gluck’s Iphigénie IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE, the title role in Gluck’s ALCESTE, the title role in Haydn’s ARMIDA, Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Vitellia in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Elisabetta in DON CARLO, Amelia in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, the title role in AIDA, Liu in TURANDOT, Nedda in I PAGLIACCI, Micaëla in CARMEN, Desdemona in Rossini’s OTELLO, Fiorilla in IL TURCO IN ITALIA, Ellen Orford in PETER GRIMES, Helena in Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Musetta in LA BOHÈME, Mrs. Fluth in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Rosalinde in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Hanna Glawari in DIE LUSTIGE WITWE, Jenny in MAHAGONNY and Cunegonde in CANDIDE. She has also sung several roles in baroque operas, including the title roles in Handel’s ALCINA and PARTENOPE, Cleopatra in Handel’s GIULIO CESARE, Bellezza in Handel’s IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO, Iphis in Handel’s JEPHTHA, Eva in Scarlatti’s IL PRIMO OMICIDIO, Edronica in Telemann’s DER GEDULDIGE SOCRATES, Gionata in Conti’s DAVID and the title role in Monteverdi’s L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA.

Birgitte Christensen frequently appears in concert halls and festivals throughout Europe. Her exceptionally wide repertoire include works by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Verdi, Strauss, Mahler, Debussy, Britten, Weill and a large number of works of contemporary composers.

She regularly works with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Jürgen Budday, Gregor Bühl, Herbert Böck, Gianluca Capuano, Paolo Carignani, Francesco Corti, Teodor Currentzis, Alan Curtis, Paul Daniel, Thomas Dausgaard, Alessandro De Marchi, Diego Fasolis, John Helmer Fiore, Adam Fischer, Mikhail Granovsky, Leopold Hager, Olaf Henzold, Manfred Honeck, Robert Howarth, Leo Hussain, René Jacobs, Alexander Joel, Ralf Kircher, Nicholas Kraemer, Stefan Klingele, Christian Lindberg, Andrew Manze, Enrique Mazzola, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Stefano Montanari, Christopher Moulds, Tobias Ringborg, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Peter Schreier, Steven Sloane, Marc Soustrot, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov, Mario Venzago, Bruno Weil, Michael Alexander Willens and Lothar Zagrosek.

In the spring 2020 she alternated with Cecilia Bartoli as Iphigénie in Gluck’s IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE at the Opernhaus Zürich. Other recent engagements included the title role in Beethoven’s LEONORE in Berlin, Hamburg, Freiburg and Bucharest with the conductor René Jacobs, excerpts from AIDA in a televised Opera Gala at the Norwegian National Opera, Bruckner’s TE DEUM as well as Haydn’s HARMONIEMESSE with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with the Arctic Philharmonic and Kirsten Flagstad in the new opera FLAGSTAD by Ketil Bjørnstad.

October 2021

Gluck – IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE / Iphigénie
Opernhaus Zürich
Gianluca Capuano, conductor / Andreas Homoki, stage director

Beethoven – MISSA SOLEMNIS
Oslo
Jérémie Rhorer, conductor / Le Cercle de l’Harmonie

Gluck – ALCESTE / Alceste
London, Beaune, Nürnberg
René Jacobs, conductor / B’Rock Orchestra

Haydn – STABAT MATER
Basel, Aix-en-Provence, Zürich
René Jacobs, conductor / Basel Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn – ELIJAH
Moss
Trond Oftung, conductor

Heggie – DEAD MAN WALKING / Sister Rose
Norwegian National Opera
Karen Kamensek, conductor

Beethoven – MISSA SOLEMNIS
Kongsberg
Matthias Anger, conductor

February 2020

Birgitte Christensen er utdannet ved Norges Musikkhøgskole. Hun har vært ansatt ved operaen i Innsbruck og hun har gjestet en rekke ledende operahus og festivaler i Europa og Sør-Amerika, som Opéra National de Paris, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, National Theater Mannheim, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Opéra de Versailles, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile og det legendariske Bolshoi-teatret i Moskva.

Hun har gjestet Den Norske Opera i roller som Violetta i LA TRAVIATA, Elisabetta in DON CARLO, Micaëla i CARMEN, Donna Anna i DON GIOVANNI, Vitellia in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Musetta in LA BOHÈME, Ellen Orford i PETER GRIMES, Cleopatra i GIULIO CESARE, tittelrollen i Monteverdis L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA og Rosalinde i FLAGGERMUSEN.

Hun er en meget etterspurt konsertsangerinne, med et usedvanlig bredt repertoar som spenner fra tidlig barokk til samtidsmusikk. Blant hennes CD-innspillinger kan nevnes Gionata in Contis DAVID med dirigenten Alan Curtis og Telemanns BROCKES PASSION med dirigenten René Jacobs.

Våren 2020 alternerte Birgitte Christensen med Cecilia Bartoli i tittelrollen i Glucks IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE på operaen i Zürich og høsten 2020 sang hun tittelrollen i Beethovens LEONORE i Berlin, Hamburg og Freiburg med dirigenten René Jacobs.

Desember 2020