Concert at Linderud Gård and start of the school semester

Tomorrow at 14.00 me and Dorina, my pianist are going to have a lunch-concert at Linderud Gård, right outside Oslo.
I went to Galleri Høybråten and picked out 8 paintings, which I saw a song or an aria which could suit that particular picture. Tomorrow I will explain a little why I picked the pictures and I will give a short introduction to the story behind the song/aria which I picked.

Monday I begin my first year of masters here in Oslo. We already start musical rehearsals for “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi on wednesday, where I sing “Soldier 1” and “Liberto”. The music is beautiful and the people we are going to be working with, top notch! The pianist/conductor is Clemens Flick, and the director is ,during the workshop we will have, Stefan Hærheim!
The other role I will be doing at the opera academy this fall is “Edwin Ronald” in Die Csárdásfürstin by Emmerich Kalman.

Further this fall I have also been invited, after my audition earlier this year, to sing at the Oslo opera festival. I will sing among other concerts, at the opening concert the 1st of October. The festival will take place the whole month of October.
I am also going to sing the wonderful tenor solo in “Carmina Burana” by Orff again, now at Fjellhaven in Gjøvik the 25th of october. So excited!

Seems like its going to be a great autumn with a lot of beautiful music.

Stay tuned, and in tune!

Mikkel

Orff and Grieg

Exciting news:  I am going to sing the notorious (high d) tenor part “song of the roasted swan” in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff! I am falling in for another tenor with the Akademisk korforening and Drammen byorkester.

I am also going to sing some Grieg songs at “Næringslivets dag” at Rudi Gård, 10th of April. I can’t wait to sing some of the beautiful songs Grieg has written again!

New year and new opportunities

The start of this new year has been very turbulent to me and my family as we experienced a loss of a family member. The happy memories of grandmother will always be in my heart.  The last performance of “Il barbiere di Siviglia” last december was very special to me, as it was the first and last time my grandmother saw me perform in an opera. She loved it but wanted to know why we were singing in english all the time and not norwegian (we were ofcourse singing in Italian).

This coming last half year of my “year study” at the opera academy in Oslo there’s a lot of great things to look forward to.  I will be singing the role of “Fenton” in the selection of scenes we will do from the opera “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” By Otto Nicolai.  I am very much looking forward to this as it is beautiful music but also a challenging role. In march I will do the audition for the master program at the opera academy.

From 12th -15th of February this year I will go to Amsterdam and take part in a masterclass with my teacher in Holland, Raymond Modesti. I will be working on arias and on the last day it will be a presentation-concert. It will all take place in the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam.
Lots of love,

Mikkel

Mozart and Rossini autumn

As I were drinking my coffee here in the hotel in Gdansk, I  came to think about this autumn and what kind of repertoire I will be doing, and it struck me that its mainly Mozart and Rossini.
Here’s a list:

Missa Brevis in C    – Mozart
Freimauerkantate – Mozart
Requiem                    – Mozart
Il Barbiere di Siviglia 1. act  (Conte Almaviva) – Rossini

Yesterday I sang the Missa Brevis in C by Mozart with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic orchestra and the Gdansk chamber choir. The conductor was Ernst van Tiel. All in all it was an amazing experience. The cathedral we sang in was so full that people were standing all over the floor.

Now onto the new exciting challenges and amazing music. I go back to Oslo tomorrow. On saturday I will be singing at a “masterclass” by my housemate, colleague, and good friend Patrick Egersborg, which has this comic personality called Hjørdis Husbråtjern. Here is the link to the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/mezzoharriet?fref=ts

 

 

Peer Gynt-talent scholarship and updates.

-This last saturday, I went to Gålå, in Norway to recieve the Peer Gynt-talent scholarship for young artists in Gudbrandsdalen (the area where I’m from). After I recieved the money at an informal gathering, I saw the “Peer Gynt play” by Henrik Ibsen, with music by Edvard Grieg. As the sun was setting the beautiful scenery of the Gålå-lake made for some pretty spectacular views.
I feel so honored to be picked out for this scholarship out of many other extremely talented people.

-My lied-recital earlier this summer together with the pianist Ruben Tekelenburg was a great success. It was such a marvelous experience standing in front of the audience, and connecting with them through the beautiful music we performed. Me and Ruben are currently speaking about having a recital in Oslo this coming fall. Further information about this will be posted very soon.

-After spending almost 1,5 months in beautiful Sulmona, Italy, attending the COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) summerprogram, singing the amazing role as emperor Tito in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, I can happily say I have added a new role to my repertoire. As a young singer, it was an amazing opportunity to sing this role now already. I grew a lot as a singer and an artist. I made a lot of new Canadian friends, and worked with some pretty amazing teachers and coaches; Kathleen Brett, Wendy Nielsen, Maikai Nash, Nathalie Doucet-Lalkens, Elizabeth Upchurch and Dr. Kathryn Tremills. The director Timothy Nelson and Conductor Jonathan Berman were both so inspiring and educative, and added phenomenal depth to the whole process.

-Last monday I commenced the “year study” at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. For two weeks me and my classmates will be working with improvisation and theatre under the guidance of Nina Hart,and make a small presentation in the end of week two. We are currently pushing each other to the limit of bodily expression and we are experimenting to make something completely new together.

-The 24th of August, I will be attending a masterclass with my new teacher Matthew. M. Marriott. I will then work on pieces that I will sing when I go to Nice on the 26th -31st of august for the YAP “Les Azuriales”.

Stay tuned, and in tune everyone!

Best wishes,
Mikkel

 

Recital coming up!

Now it’s just a couple of days before I have my first solo recital together with my pianist Ruben Tekelenburg. Sunday the 9th of june.
I feel excited and quite nervous at the same time.
We will perform a beautiful program of songs and romances of Grieg, “An die ferne geliebte” of Beethoven, Finzi’s “A young man’s exhortations” and Beethoven’s  “Adelaide”.

Best wishes,
Mikkel

Welcome to my new website!

Here I will be posting about my experiences and adventures on my path to becoming an opera singer. I have so many great things to look forward to this year. Going to sing some very beautiful music, and hopefully meet a lot of great, inspiring people. Stay tuned, and in tune everyone!

Best wishes,
Mikkel