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Håvard Stensvold

Norwegian bass-baritone Håvard Stensvold is the Speaker (Sprecher) in The Magic Flute here in Bergen autumn 2022.

The Norwegian bass-baritone Havard Stensvold studied at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen with Professor Susanna Eken and at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory.

He has appeared at opera houses and festivals such as the Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Opera Krakow, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm, Early Music Festival in Bruges, Oscarsborg Opera Festival, just to mention a few.

He has performed in roles like Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo i Così fan tutte and Masetto in Don Giovanni at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, to mention a few.

At Bergen National Opera he has sung Angelotti in Tosca by Puccini (2006) and Brander in La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz at Bergen International Festival (2012).

He also spends considerable time singing contemporary music, like the world premiere of Baritone in Cecilie Ore’s Dead Beat Escapement, the leading role in Knut Vaage’s Khairos, and Birger in Synne Skouen’s Ballerina, all at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

He is highly sought after as a concert singer and she frequently appear in concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe. He has built an unusually vast concert repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century works up to 20th-century works.

Together with the pianist Tor Espen Aspaas he has recorded Schubert's Die Winterreise in Norwegian (Vinterreise) – translated by himself.

Stensvold is also Assistant Professor (Universitetslektor) at the Department of Music at NTNU in Trondheim.

Update: October 2022