SOLISTS AND PARTICIPANTS


OPERA GALA SATURDAY

Anna Goryachova

Anna Goryachova

soloist

Over the past few years, the acclaimed mezzo-soprano has sung a number of leading roles in major European opera houses, such as Paolina in Tchaikovsky’s “Spar dame” and Ruggero in Handel’s “Alcina” (Paris), the title role in Rossini’s “La cenerentola” (Oslo) , Melibea in Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” (Amsterdam) and a number of Carmen productions (Madrid, London, Verona).

Eli Kristin

Eli Kristin

soloist

Our artistic director and National Opera diva have been a permanent soloist at DNO&B since 2010. Recent seasons have included roles such as Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La Bohème and Woman in Elysium (Rolf Wallin). Her unique musical and stage talent has created a very special career. Hanssveen has received numerous awards and was the first to receive “Tom Wilhelmsen Opera and Ballet Prize” in 2009.

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Nils Georg Nilsen

soloist

He began singing early on as a boy soprano and was soloist in the Silver Boys and performed internationally in concerts and operas. After completing his master’s degree from the Manhattan school of Music in 2012 he made his debut at the Lincoln Center in New York. More recently he has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, sung at the Israeli Opera and at a number of festivals at home and abroad. Nils Georg is a currently a singing professor at the Galamian Academy of Music in Malaga.

Tom Erik Lie

Tom Erik Lie

soloist

One of Norway’s most experienced international singers with his main work in German opera houses. Since 2004 he has been a member of the ensemble at the Komische Oper in Berlin where he has been the natural cast in most of the big baritone roles. The roles have a wide range from Wolfram in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” and Prince Jeletzky in “Spar Dame” to Papageno in “The Magic Flute”. The latter led him to receive Australia’s biggest performing arts award “Helpmann Awards” in 2019. He guest-starred Oslo as Phileas Fogg in Kverndock’s opera “The Earth Around 80 Days” and now returns – to Hadeland.

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Eli Kristin

Eli Kristin

soloist

Our artistic director and National Opera diva have been a permanent soloist at DNO&B since 2010. Recent seasons have included roles such as Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La Bohème and Woman in Elysium (Rolf Wallin). Her unique musical and stage talent has created a very special career. Hanssveen has received numerous awards and was the first to receive “Tom Wilhelmsen Opera and Ballet Prize” in 2009.

Bernt Ola

Bernt Ola Volungholen

soloist

He began his musical journey by playing tuba in the school corps and later in Gardemusikken. By chance he discovered that he could sing! He made his debut as an 18-year-old opera singer as Figaro in “Figaro’s wedding” at the Kirsten Flagstad festival and has so far performed about 30 opera roles although he is still at the beginning of his opera career. In the spring of 2019 he was back in his signature role Papageno at DNO&B and in the fall of 2019 he sang Figaro in “The Barber in Seville” at the Ringsaker Opera.

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Itziar Martinez Galdos

Itziar Martinez Galdos

Sopran

The Spanish-Norwegian soprano was first educated at the State College of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and further at the State Opera Academy in Oslo. She made her operatic in 1988 and between 1989 – 2012 Galdos was employed by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet as an Opera soloist. Major roles include Desdemona (G. Verdi: Otello), Tosca (G. Puccini: Tosca), Elisabeth (R. Wagner: Tannhäuser) and Lady Macbeth (G.Verdi: Macbeth). Galdos is currently active as a freelance singer in Europe and is the recipient of the Commander of Isabella the Catholic Order (2013).

Tor Inge Falch

Thor Inge Falch

Tenor

After growing up in Ballangen and attending Mosjøen upper secondary school in music he studied at the Norwegian Music Conservatory. Further education brought him to the Opera Academy in Oslo and later with Professor André Orlowitz in Copenhagen. In 1995 he received Erling Krogh’s scholarship. Since 2002 he has worked for the Norwegian Opera & Ballet and was a permanent soloist in 2007-2019. Falch has also sung at the Oscarsborg Opera, Malmö Opera, The Royal Opera in Copenhagen and at the Opera in Gothenburg. His roles have varied from Piet the Pot (G.Ligeti: Le Grand macabre) to Eisenstein (F.Lehàr: Die Flädermaus).