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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 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 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, 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 Jephta, 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 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, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Stefano Montanari, Christopher Moulds, Tobias Ringborg, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Peter Schreier, Steven Sloane, Marc Soustrot, Steven Sloane, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov, Mario Venzago, Bruno Weil, Michael Alexander Willens and Lothar Zagrosek.

The season 2017/18 has so far included 1: Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Theater an der Wien, the title role in Haydn’s Armida at Theater an der Wien as well as in Warsaw and in Basel, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Ruhrtriennale, Mozart’s Requiem with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Verdi’s Requiem with Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in Trondheim, R. Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with Oslo University Symphony Orchestra and Poulenc’s Gloria in Kongsberg.

April 2018

Mozart – Don Giovanni / Donna Anna
Norwegian National Opera
Christopher Moulds / Benjamin Bayl, conductor

Bach – Mass in B Minor
Oslo
Steffen Kammler, conductor

Scarlatti – Il primo omicidio / Eva
Opéra National de Paris
René Jacobs, conductor

Telemann – Brockes Passion
Hamburg
Christoph Schoener, conductor

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

Scarlatti – Il primo omicidio / Eva
Staatsoper Berlin
René Jacobs, conductor

Gluck – Iphigénie en Tauride / Iphigénie
Opernhaus Zürich
NN, conductor / Andreas Homoki, stage director

April 2018

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, inklusive 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.

Fremtidige oppgaver inkluderer tittelrollen i Haydns Armida i Wien, Basel og Warszawa med dirigenten René Jacobs og Donna Anna i Don Giovanni ved Den Norske Opera. I 2019 gjør Birgitte Christensen sin debut ved Paris Operaen, hun er igjen å se på Staatsoper Berlin og hun alternerer med Cecilia Bartoli i tittelrollen i Glucks Iphigénie en Tauride på operaen i Zürich.

Februar 2018