Marianne Beate Kielland Mezzosopran

Marianne Beate Kielland

Marianne Beate Kielland mezzo-soprano

Marianne Beate Kielland is established as one of the foremost singers of Europe and is the only Norwegian singer to have received a US Grammy nomination in the category «Best Vocal Classical Album». 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.

The 2021/22 season began for Marianne Beate Kielland with a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Opéra Comique Paris conducted by Jordi Savall. This was followed by concerts with Andreas Spering at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra), Jan Willem de Vriend (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra), Nathalie Stutzmann (Kristiansand Symfoniorkester), René Jacobs (Freiburger Barockorchester) and Jérémie Rhorer (Le Cercle de l’Harmonie), among others.

The 22/23 season kicks off 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.

She has appeared with major orchestras and ensembles including Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker as well as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Les Talens Lyriques, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, RIAS Kammerchor and Swedish Chamber Orchestra; she has worked with such distinguished conductors as Fabio Biondi, Herbert Blomstedt, Rune Bergmann, Michel Corboz, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jordi Savall, Thomas Søndergård and 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, 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.

Kielland has made more than 50 CD recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schönberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen.

She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo will be performing at the Philharmonie in Cologne in 2021/22. They have also appeared in Norway, Germany Estonia, Russia and Finland. She has also appeared with pianists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Pascal Roge, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Lise de la Salle and Jos van Immerseel.

Marianne Beate Kielland mezzo-soprano
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