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The young Norwegian mezzo-soprano Mari Askvik studied at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Norwegian National Academy of Opera in Oslo.

During her studies she performed roles such as Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Angelina in LA CENERENTOLA, Melide in Cavalli’s L’ORMINDO, Ottone in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA and Mother in Stravinsky’s MAVRA. She also sang Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE at The Norwegian National Opera

Since then she has appeared at the Norwegian National Opera, Theater Freiburg, Opera North (UK), Kristiansund Opera, Opera Østfold and Ringsaker Opera. Her roles include Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Bradamante in ALCINA, Mercédès in CARMEN, 2. Lady in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and 2. Witch in DIDO AND AENEAS.

Mari has also participated in several contemporary opera productions, such as the premieres of Evelin Seppar’s ICARUS in Amsterdam, Øyvind Mæland’s AD UNDAS – SOLARIS CORRECTED at the Norwegian National Opera and Genia in the monologue opera GENIA by Seppar/Dobewall in Freiburg.

She has quickly become one of Norway’s most sought-after contraltos for concerts. With her dark timbre she is ideally suited to a wide range of repertoire. Her repertoire includes Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, ST JOHN PASSION, CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, MASS IN B MINOR, ASCENSION ORATORIO and a number of cantatas, Handel’s MESSIAH and IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO, Vivaldi’s GLORIA, Bononcini’s STABAT MATER, Mozart’s REQUIEM, Charpentier’s LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES, Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER, Haydn’s NELSON MASS, to mention a few.

Mari has worked with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Anja Bihlmaier, Lawrence Cummnings, Klaus Mäkelä, Christophe Rousset and Peter Szilvay.

Recent engagements included Bradamante in ALCINA with Opera North (UK) under the baton of Laurence Cummings, Disinganno in Handel’s IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO in Bogotà (Colombia), Bononcini’s STABAT MATER and Mozart’s REQUIEM both with the conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini, Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION in Paris and Aix-en-Provence with Christophe Rousset, Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL in Sandefjord, Charpentier’s LEÇONS DE TÉNÈBRES with the early music ensemble L’État Libre de Neige in Bremen (Germany), Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION in Castellon (Spain) and Mendelsohn’s ELIJAH in Oslo as well as in Moss.

October 2023

BACH – CANTATAS AND ARIAS
Oslo
Barthold Kuijken, leader

Verdi – LA TRAVIATA / Flora
Norwegian National Opera
Anja Bihlmaier / Constantin Trinks, conductor

Vivaldi – GLORIA
Oslo
Ida Cecilie Holm, conductor / Barokkanerne

Bach – CANTATAS + Gerard Griseys – LES CHANTS DE L´AMOUR
Oslo
Julia Selina Blank, conductor

Johansson – THE SNOW SISTER / Mother<
Opera Nordfjord
Michael Pavelich, conductor

Bach – CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Stavanger
Markus Tähti Dunseth, conductor

Handel – MESSIAH
Tønsberg
Alvhilde Riser, conductor

Handel, Mozart, Haydn – VARIOUS CHRISTMAS MUSIC
Oslo
Lars Notto Birkeland, conductor / Oslo Circles

Bach – ST MATTHEW PASSION
Sandefjord, Skien
NN, conductor

Bach – ST JOHN PASSION
Oslo
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor

Handel – MESSIAH
Oslo
Tom Wiklund, conductor / Barokkanerne

Handel – DIXIT DOMINUS
Haugesund
Ive Buch Romme, conductor

Bach – OSTERORATORIUM + Bach – ERFREUT EUCH, IHR HERZEN
Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence
Christophe Rousset, conductor / Les Talens Lyriques

October 2023

Mari Askvik studerte ved Griegakademiet i Bergen, Norges Musikkhøgskole i Oslo og ved Operahøgskolen i Oslo.

Hun har raskt etablert seg som en av Norges mest etterspurte konsertsangerinner med et usedvanlig bredt repertoar.

Hun har hatt operaengasjementer med Operaen i Kristiansund, Opera Østfold, RingsakerOperaen og Haugesund kammeropera. Hennes operaroller inkluderer. Cherubino i LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE, Rosina i IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Angelina i LA CENERENTOLA, Hänsel i HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Melide i Cavallis L’ORMINDO, Ottone i L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA og Moderen i Stravinskys MAVRA.

Hun har også gjestet Theater Freiburg i Evelin Seppars og Mareike Dobewalls  installasjonsopera GENIA, Masque Kammeropera i Ligetis NOUVELLES AVENTURES, Conservatorium van Amsterdam i Evelin Seppars ICARUS og Den Norske Opera i Øyvind Mælands AD UNDAS – SOLARIS KORRIGERT.

I februar og mars 2022 sang hun Bradamante i Händels ALCINA ved Opera North (UK).

Mars 2022

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