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Norwegian soprano Marita Sølberg most recently sang the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Strauss’ Arabella at the Norwegian National Opera Oslo, where she will once again appear as Micaëla (Carmen). In the upcoming season Marita Sølberg can be heard in Oslo as Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca.
She made her role debut as Feldmarschallin in David McVicar’s production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Norwegian National Opera Oslo in the 2018/19 season, and subsequently sang the role at the Semperoper Dresden. Other recent guest appearances have taken her to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Vienna State Opera, among others.
Marita Sølberg studied in Norway and subsequently won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition and the Tom Wilhelmsens Foundation Prize. For two years she has been in the ensemble of the Stuttgart State Opera and is currently Principal Artist of the Norwegian National Opera, where she has appeared as Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Antonia, Micaëla, Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimì and Solveig (Reinvere’s Peer Gynt).
On the concert stage she sang in 2018 “Poeme de l’amour et de la mer” by Chausson with the Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton by Rafael Payare, as well as “Gloria” by Poulenc with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 she sang Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under the baton by Han Nah Chang and in 2017 with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Herreweghe. Also in 2017 she sang Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Roberto Rizzi Brignoli and the “Mozart Requiem” with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of James Gaffigan.
Further engagements have taken her to the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where she sang Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Peter Oudjian. With Louis Langree and the Orchestre de Paris she sang Mozart’s “C Minor Mass“. Marita Sølberg worked regularly with the Oslo Philharmonic and the “Le Cercle d’Harmonie Jeremie Rhorer”. Further stages in her career have taken her to renowned orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi and Paavo Järvi, just to name a few.
In 2016 she released her first CD of opera arias, recorded with John Fiore and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra.
In 2012 she was awarded the most important Norwegian music prize, The Music Critics Prize, for her Mimì at the Norwegian National Opera.