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 The young Norwegian baritone Halvor F. Melien studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo.

Opera engagements have included Masetto in DON GIOVANNI, Moralès in CARMEN, Giove in II RITORNO D’ULISSE and Steward / Sergeant / Sentry in LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Norwegian National Opera, Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Marcello in LA BOHÈME with the Kristiansund Opera as well as in performance with Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, Leporello in DON GIOVANNI with Opera East, and Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s MOZART AND SALIERI with the Arctic Opera.

Halvor F. Melien is especially sought-after as a concert singer, appearing extensively throughout Europe. His vast repertoire includes oratorios, masses, cantatas and song cycles. He is one of Scandinavia’s leading interpreters of 20th and 21st-century music, having participated in a number of world-premiers.

He has worked with conductors such as Paul Agnew, Oleg Caetani, Aaron Carpene, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, Alessandro De Marchi, Peter Dijkstra, Marcello Di Lisa, Rubén Dubrovsky, Christian Eggen, Thröstur Eiriksson, John Helmer Fiore, Antonino Fogliani, Simon Gaudenz, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Stephen Higgins, Robert Howarth, Tõnu Kaljuste, Sirkka Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Lawrence-King, Gijs Lenaars, Steven Levine, Gergely Madaras, Andrew Parrott, Vasily Petrenko, Sébastien Rouland, Christoph Schoener, Peter Schreier, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Henrik Vagn Christensen, Jos van Veldhoven, Alexander Vedernikov, Gottfried von der Goltz, Philipp von Steinaecker, Julian Wachner and Joshua Weilerstein.

2017 included Marcello in Puccini’s LA BOHEME in Kristiansund and Sandefjord, Leporello in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with Opera Østfold, Giove in Monteverdi’s IL RITORNO DI ULISSE IN PATRIA at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Peter in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with Bergen National Opera, Weill’s DIE SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM in Moss, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION in Hamburg and Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO in the Netherlands with Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. His many engagements in Oslo included Handel’s MESSIAH, Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION and several concerts with CANTATAS by Bach.

2018 included the world premiere of 3 new operas by Mæland, Ahvenniemi and Skoglund with Bergen National Opera, Aeneas in Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS in Menton with Les Talens Lyriques, Fauré’s REQUIEM with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn’s NELSON MASS with the Slovenian Philharmonics, Haydn’s PAUKENMESSE with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s MESSIAH in Oslo, cantatas by Bach in Kristiansund, music by Bach, Telemann and Graupner in Oslo, arias and cantatas by J.S. Bach in Oslo and Hamar, Bach’s B-MINOR MASS in Stavanger, Haugesund and Oslo, Christmas concerts with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and with Orchester St. Michaelis in Hamburg.

2019 has started with the European premiere of Gisle Kverndokk’s much praised opera UPON THIS HANDFUL OF EARTH, Handel’s SOLOMON in Kongsberg, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION in Hamburg, SCHUBERT LOUNGE (arrangements of songs by Schubert by E. Buene) at the Eclat Festival in Stuttgart, Haydn’s HARMONIEMESSE and Bruckner’s TE DEUM in Oslo with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION in the Netherlands with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s ELIAS in Oslo and a recital at the Norwegian National Opera.

May 2019

Bach – ASCENSION ORATORIO
Oslo
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor

Magnar Åm – LOVE FEAR
Kristiansand Opera
Per Kristian Skalstad, conductor / Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra

Bach – CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Kristiansand
Rolf Gupta, conductor / Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra

Scarlatti – ERMINIA / Pastore
Ghent
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de’ Cavalieri

Bach – ST JOHN PASSION
Oslo
Stephan MacLeod, conductor / Barokkanerne

Bach – MAGNIFICAT + ASCENSION ORATORIO
Lausanne, Metz, Leipzig, Paris
Christophe Rousset, conductor / Les Talens Lyriques

Scarlatti – ERMINIA / Pastore
Bucharest
Marcello Di Lisa, conductor / Concerto de’ Cavalieri

May 2019

Barytonen Halvor F. Melien studerte ved Norges Musikkhøgskole i Oslo. Sommeren 2014 medvirket han i Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Han har etablert seg som en meget etterspurt konsertsanger, og han opptrer regelmessig i konsertsaler og på festivaler i Europa og Asia. Han har et usedvanlig bredt repertoar som spenner fra 1600-tallsmusikk via Bach, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Bruckner, Grieg, Fauré, Mahler, Duruflé og frem til vår tids musikk.

Han har medvirket på en rekke urfremførelser og CD-innspillinger, blant annet John Frandsens REQUIEM, Knut Vaages HØGSONGEN og Ørjan Matres HOFFENTLICH MUSSTEN SIE AN DER GRENZE NICHT LANGE WARTEN.

Han har jobbet med internasjonale dirigenter som Paul Agnew, Fabio Biondi, Marcello Di Lisa, Alessandro De Marchi, Peter Dijkstra, Simon Gaudenz, Robert Howarth, Tõnu Kaljuste, Nicholas Kraemer, Gijs Lenaars, Gergely Madaras, Andrew Parrott, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Christophe Rousset, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Andreas Spering, Jos van Veldhoven, Alexander Vedernikov, Gottfried von der Goltz og Philipp von Steinaecker.

På Den Norske Opera har han sunget roller som Masetto i DON GIOVANNI, Moralès i CARMEN, Giove i II RITORNO D’ULISSE og Sersjant, Gårdskar og Fengselsvakt i Sjostakovitsj’ LADY MACBETH FRA MTSENSK. Av andre operaengasjementer kan nevnes Giove i Monteverdis IL RITORNO DI ULISSE ved Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Papageno i Mozarts TRYLLEFLØYTEN ved Municipal Theatre i Ho Chi Minh City, Pastore i Alessandro Scarlattis ERMINIA i Napoli, Man i Lera Auerbachs THE BLIND med Trondheim Musikkteater, Salieri i Rimskij-Korsakovs MOZART OG SALIERI med Nordnorsk Opera og Symfoniorkester og Marcello i LA BOHÈME med Operaen i Kristiansund.

Mai 2019