Marianne Beate Kielland is established as one of the foremost singers of Europe. The versatile mezzo-soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hannover, and since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.
Her great passion belongs to the romantic orchestral song and oratorio repertoire, such as Brahms Alt-Rhapsodie, Berlioz Les nuits d’été, Mahler’s cycles as well as Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder.
In 2017 she sang Fricka in Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the first time at the “kulturwald” festival.
The 22/23 season begins with an opera production at the New National Theatre Tokyo, where she will sing the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare under the baton of Rinaldo Alessandrini, followed by concerts with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Mahler Das Lied von der Erde), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ottavio Dantone (Bach Christmas Oratorio) and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Mahler 2nd Symphony). She is a recurring guest with Coro e Orquestra Gulbenkian, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Requiem. She is also looking forward to concerts at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, the Innsbrucker Wochen Festwochen der Alten Musik and at the Brucknerhaus Linz.
She has appeared with major orchestras and ensembles including Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker and has worked with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Herbert Blomstedt, Michel Corboz, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, Jérémie Rhorer, André de Ridder, René Jacobs, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Thomas Søndergård und Robin Ticciati.
Kielland is also in great demand for Baroque operatic roles including Dido in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Merope in Vivaldi’s Oracolo in Messenia (an extensive tour with Europa Galante), Messaggiera and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (most recently at Opéra Comique Paris under the baton of Jordi Savall), Fernando in Attilio Ariosti’s La Fede nei tradimenti, Apollo in Handel’s Terpsichore, Ercole in Caldara’s Il piu bel nome, Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Aronne in Francesco Nicolò Fago’s Il Faraone Sommerso. She has also appeared as Fricka in Wagner’s Das Rheingold.
More than 50 CD recordings with Marianne Beate Kielland have been released, many of them award-winning. She is the only Norwegian singer to have received a US Grammy nomination in the category «Best Vocal Classical Album».
She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen. The duo performed at the Philharmonie in Cologne in 2022 and will appear in Paris this autumn.
Marianne Beate Kielland lives with her family in Oslo.
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