Torhild Staahlen (born 25 September 1947 in Skien Norway) is a Norwegian operatic mezzo-soprano who was employed at Norwegian National Opera from 1967 to 1969 and from 1971 to 2000. She had her solo debut as Suzuki in Madam Butterfly with The Norwegian National Opera in Oslo in 1971.
She studied at Oslo Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Norwegian College of Opera in Oslo in 1971. She has studied with the famous opera singers Astrid Varnay, Ingrid Bjoner and Aase Nordmo Løvberg.
She has sung more than sixty roles, including the title role in Carmen in three productions, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Azucena in Il trovatore , Amneris in Aida and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera .
She has sung in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Scotland, England and the USA and performed many oratorios and concerts, and sung on Radio and TV. Her repertoire of more than twenty works includes Bach's Mass in B Minor , Händel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Elgar’s Sea Pictures.
Torhild Staahlen has established her own scholarship for singers, musicians and composers. It was awarded for the first time on 17 May 1997. She was married to the Scottish musician Neil David Percival Dodd (19 August 1939 – 2 June 2005), who was first répétiteur and conductor on The Norwegian National Opera.
She has now moved back to Skien.
Anne Brown was an American soprano who created the role of "Bess" in the original production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in 1948 and later became a Norwegian citizen.
Robert Levin was a Norwegian classical pianist and composer. Although he was an accomplished solo pianist and composer, Levin received international acclaim for his work as an accompanist with several of the world's most celebrated vocal and instrumental performers.
Til ungdommen, also known by the words of the first line Kringsatt av fiender, is a poem from 1936 by Norwegian poet and writer Nordahl Grieg (1902–1943). It was set to music in 1952 by the Danish composer Otto Mortensen (1907–1986). The song has been recorded by various artists and has been sung at meetings held by various organizations. After the terror attacks of 22 July 2011, it was used in many memorial gatherings and services.
Børt-Erik Thoresen was a Norwegian television host and folk singer.
Hugo Hasslo was a Swedish operatic baritone.
Eva Gustavson, sometimes known as Eva Gustafson, was a Norwegian-American contralto who had an active international performance career in operas and concerts during the 1940s and 1950s. She later embarked on a second career as a voice teacher in the United States, notably teaching for many years on the music faculty of the University of Southern California.
Aase Nordmo Løvberg was a Norwegian opera soprano. Dagbladet called her "one of Norway's greatest opera singers." For many years she sang with Jussi Björling at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and she also sang under renowned conductors such as Herbert von Karajan and Georg Solti.
Concerts Norway was established in 1967 on the initiative of the Arts Council Norway, with its main purpose described as follows: "Concerts Norway is to make living music of high artistic quality accessible to all people in the country." The organization had its opening concert in Hammerfest school on 4 January 1968, with artists Liv Glaser, Eva Knardahl, Kjell Bækkelund, Robert Levin, Arve Tellefsen and Aase Nordmo Løvberg.
This topic covers notable events and articles related to 2011 in music.
Haugtussa, Op. 67, or The Mountain Maid, is a song cycle for soprano and piano composed by Edvard Grieg in 1895 and published in 1898. It is the only song cycle in his entire output. The text was written by the Norwegian writer Arne Garborg, an excerpt from his book of poetry Haugtussa. It tells the story of Haugtussa, a young herding girl, and her first love affair with a boy, her first heartache. Both the lyrics, which brim over with imagery of gurgling brooks and tasty blueberries, and the music that mimics this imagery, intertwine the main character’s personal story and the mystic spring-like landscape that surrounds her, which may even motivate it.
Tora Karen Elisabeth Augestad is a Norwegian musician (vocals), musical conductor and actor, and the daughter of Program 81/82 vocalist Kate Augestad. She focuses on jazz, musical theater, contemporary music, and cabaret. Her stage debut was the lead role in "Annie" in 1994, and won the Norwegian talent competition in 1993 at TV 2.
Gunnar Brunvoll was a Norwegian impresario and opera administrator. He was co-founder of Norsk Operaselskap, and was manager at Den Norske Opera for more than twenty years.
Magni Wentzel is a Norwegian jazz musician, the daughter of musicians Odd Wentzel-Larsen and Åse Wentzel, and known for a number of jazz recordings.
Arne Eggen was a Norwegian composer and organist, married in 1916 to Engel Johanne Othilie Sparre Gulbranson (1878–1918), the brother of musicologist and composer Erik Eggen (1877–1957), and brother-in-law to the opera singer Ellen Gulbranson (1863–1947).
The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 2013 in Norwegian music.
Kari Løvaas is a Norwegian operatic soprano who made an international career, mostly using the German spelling of her name, Kari Lövaas, outside Scandinavia. She has performed at international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival in both opera and concert. She participated in complete recordings of rarely performed operas, including works by Haydn and composers of the 20th century, has recorded Lieder and has regularly appeared in choral concerts.
The following is a list of notable events and releases of the year 1923 in Norwegian music.
Aase Foss Abrahamsen is a Norwegian children's writer.
Camilla Theodora Antonsdatter Wiese was a Norwegian mezzo-soprano and voice teacher.