Marianne E Andersen
Marianne E Andersen


Idamante, Mozart´s Idomeneo
Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Juni 18-21-29. Juli 6-9-13-16, 2016


Marianne Andersen is from Oslo and started singing in the award winning Norwegian Radio Choir at the age of five. Her musical education continued at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she won many prizes and graduated with the highest honours gaining the RAM Diploma. Marianne then went on to study at the National Opera Studio. Her teachers include Ileana Cotrubas, Vera Rosza, Kari Frisell and Ingrid Bjoner.


Since her debut-recital in the Oslo University Hall with pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Marianne has become known for her unusually rich and beautiful voice spanning a wide vocal range. She is a sought-after alto and mezzo-soprano who has performed extensively internationally, and has a broad repertoire from baroque to the twentieth-century. She has sung in New York, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, Reykjavik, Slovenia and Budapest and regularly performs with the national orchestras of Norway. She has performed with the Norwegian State Opera, the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio London, Scottish Opera, Opera Østfold and the State Theatres of Darmstadt, Wiesbaden and Oldenburg. 


Prestigious festival appearances include Edinburgh, the MITO (Milano/Torino), the Israel Festival in Jerusalem as well as the Buxton and Cheltenham Festivals in England, Festspillene in Bergen, St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, Oslo Chambermusic festival and the Ultima Contemporary Festival in Oslo. 


Marianne has inspired many composers to write works for her. In 2015 she will sing the world premiere of "Landskap i Måneskinn" by the Norwegian composer Morten Gaathaug. In May she will take part in the new opera "Adam and Eve - a Divine Comedy" by Cecilie Ore at Festspillene in Bergen.

Cd recordings include Deutsche Grammophon, Simax and Naxos.


World premiere performances:
Nidaros – oratorio by Arne Nordheim, 1996
The red autumn - dramatic cantata by Morten Gaathaug, libretto by Ragnhild Jølsen, 2009
Nina Grieg Blue Mountain – chamber opera by Justin Dello Joio, 2008
Hedda Gabler September – chamber opera by Eivind Buene, 2007
Hulda Hulda and Garborg – chamber opera by Glenn Haugland, 2001
King Eirik  Maid of Norway – chamber opera by Kjell Habbestad, 2000

Operatic roles:
Idamante, Mozart´s Idomeneo. Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Juni 18-21-29. Juli 6-9-13-16, 2016
Penelope, Monteverdi`s Il Ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria
Ottavia, Monteverdi`s L´incoronazione di Poppea
Onoria, Handel`s Ezio
Bradamante, Handel`s Alcina
Juno, Handel`s Semele
2nd and 3rd Lady, Mozart`s Die Zauberflöte
Don Ramiro, Mozart`s La finta giardiniera
Carmen, Bizet`s Carmen
Mercedes, Bizet`s Carmen
Maddalena, Verdi`s Rigoletto
Giovanna, Verdi`s Rigoletto
Mama Lucia, Mascagnis Cavalleria Rusticana
Grimgerde, Wagner`s Die Walküre
Wellgunde, Wagner`s Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung
Hansel, Humperdinck`s Hänsel und Gretel
Witch, Humperdinck`s Hänsel und Gretel
Suzuki, Puccini`s Madama Butterfly
Mère Marie, Poulenc`s Dialogues des Carmélites
Florence Pike, Britten`s Albert Herring
Anna, Nigel Osborn`s The Electrification of the Soviet Union  
Mrs Inger of Austrått, Henning Sommero`s Olav Engelbrektsson

Concert appearances:
Among her many appearances as a soloist Marianne Andersen has performed in the following works:
Mozart, Requiem - with Oslo Philharmonic orchestra
Beethoven, Symphony no.9, 'Choral' - with Oslo Philharmonic and Stavanger Symphony orchestra
Mozart, Coronation Mass - Barcelona Palau della Musica
Bruckner, Te Deum - Bergen Philharmonic orchestra
Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Bodø Sinfonietta
Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde - Gothenburg Symphony orchestra
Mahler Kindertotenlieder - Tromsø Symphony orchestra
Grieg Anitra in Peer Gynt - The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and at Litchfield Cathedral
Recitals at Troldhaugen, Maisalen in Lillehammer, University Hall, Gamle Logen, The Munch museum and Marble Hall in Oslo, The Barony Rosendal, St. John´s, Smith Square and Burgh House in London, Salle Debussy in Lyon

Recordings include:
Nina Grieg in Justin Dello Joios opera Blue Mountain, Bridge Records USA
Onoria in Handels opera Ezio, Deutsche Grammophon
St. Matthew Passion by Trond Kverno, Aurora
Requiem by Iver Kleive, Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Arnljot Gelline by Grieg/Bjørnson with Malmö Symphony orchestra, Naxos

Sacred works with orchestra:
Most oratorios and masses by:
Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Bruckner, Verdi, Gounod, Duruflé, Respighi, Monrad-Johansen, Kleive
Secular works with orchestra:
Beethoven: Symphony no, 9, 'Choral'  
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Das Lied von der Erde and Kindertotenlieder
Grieg: Arnljot Gelline and Anitra from Peer Gynt
Scandinavian Songs
Grieg, Kjerulf, Backer-Grøndahl, Alnæs, Sibelius
German Lieder
Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Strauss, Berg
French Mélodies
Faure, Duparc, Debussy, Chausson, Bizet, Satie
English Songs
Purcell, Dowland, Arne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Quilter, Ireland, Britten
Spanish Canciones
Obradors, de Falla, Granados
Dvorak, Rachmaninov

Bente Elisabeth Finserås 2012