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Young Voices

Through the talent programme Young Voices (Unge Stemmer), Bergen National Opera helps to guide young opera artists at the beginning of their careers.

Bergen National Opera began its UngeStemmer project in 2011, inviting leading bass-baritone and teacher Simon Kirkbride to direct a mentoring project for young Hordaland-based singers studying overseas. The aim was to oversee the development of young artists throughout their conservatoire studies, to assist their adjustment to away-from-home living to big city life, to monitor their studies and ultimately to provide opportunities in appropriate BNO projects as their training advanced.

Since then, Unge Stemmer have been integral to BNO ́s Mimi Goes Glamping festival, have worked with Edvard Grieg Ungdomskor, and have beeninvolved in a range of projects in Bergen,Amsterdam, Leeds and Manchester. Currently nine young singers are involved in the scheme, with two now undertaking master studies.

In 2017, BNO and Edvard Grieg Kor decided to combine their leadership of Unge Stemmer, with EGK taking responsibility for the earlier years of study, and BNO creating a Developing Artist strand which will embrace master students and a number of selected artists at the start of their professional careers.

Currently composer Tyrone Landau is writing a new work for the five Bergen Nasjonale Opera/ EGK Unge Stemmer studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. It will be performed at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, in Autumn 2018. The song cycle describes the exquisite pastel of La Donna della Finestra, by the pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and illustrates a portion of La Vita Nuova, by the artist’s namesake, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The new work sets five sonnets in Italian, along with narrative from Rossetti’s own translation of the thirteenth-century original. The ve singers are accompanied by guitar and harp students from the RNCM.

Currently our Young Voices are studying at conservatoires including Leeds, Manchester and Amsterdam. The overall programme is led by the distinguished bass-baritone, Simon Kirkbride.

Unge Stemmer / Young Voices

Susanna Yttri Solsrud / Sopran
Studerer ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. Unge Stemmer siden 2015.

Elizaveta Agrafenina / Sopran
Studerer ved musikkonservatoriet i Amsterdam (master). Unge Stemmer siden 2015.

Kristin Frivold / Sopran
Studerer ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. Unge Stemmer siden 2015.

Ingvild Schultze-Florey / Mezzosopran
Studerer ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. Unge Stemmer siden 2013 .

Marita Lervik / Sopran
Studerer ved Leeds College of Music. Unge Stemmer siden 2015.

Einar Stefánsson / Bass
Studerer ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. Unge Stemmer siden 2016.

Martina Starr-Lassen / Sopran
Uteksaminert ved Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Begynner på mastergrad ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester i 2018.

Sondre Landvik / Baryton
Studerer ved Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. Unge Stemmer siden 2015.

Annette Berning / Sopran
Studerer ved American Musical and Dramatic Academy i New York. Unge Stemmer siden 2016.

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