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Mari Eriksmoen

Mari Eriksmoen

The young Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at the Concervatoire National Superieur in Paris and at the Royal Danish Academy of Opera in Copenhagen. She graduated in the summer of 2010. She was a finalist at the Queen Sonja International Competition in 2007 and in July 2008 she was finalists in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Operetta Competition in Vienna.

In October 2010, only four months after finishing her studies, she had her international breakthrough when she sang Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater and der Wien. Other engagements have included Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Fiakermilli in Arabella at Oper Frankfurt, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Swedish Opera, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann as well as Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Theater an der Wien, Sandrina in Haydn’s L'infedelta delusa at Opéra de Lille and at Theatre de ville Luxembourg, Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmelites, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen and Angel in Handel's Jephtha at the Royal Danish Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Mallika in the world premiere of Gisle Kverndokk’s Around the World in 80 days at the Norwegian National Opera, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Lucerne Festival, Artenice in Terradellas’ Sesostri in La Coruña and Musetta in La Bohème at Oscarsborg Opera Festival in Oslo.

As a concert singer she regularly appears in concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe, South America and North America in a wide range of repertoire.

Mari Eriksmoen has worked with a number of prominent conductors; including Giancarlo Andretta, Christian Badea, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Bertrand de Billy, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Marcello Di Lisa, Gabriel Feltz, Riccardo Frizza, Simon Gaudenz, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pablo Heras-Casado, René Jacobs, Alexander Joel, Paavo Järvi, Stefan Klingele, Louis Langrée, Cornelius Meister, Marc Minkowski, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Erwin Ortner, George Petrou, Jérémie Rhorer, Tobias Ringborg, Federico Maria Sardelli, Michael Schønwandt, Marc Soustrot, Thomas Søndergård, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and Christian Vásquez.

The season 2012/13 included Waldvogel in Siegfried at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teti in Rossini's Le Nozze di Teti e di Peleo at Theater an der Wien, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Festival d'Aix en Provence as well as in concert versions in Brussels and Bremen, Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Norwegian National Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Solveig in Grieg's Peer Gynt in Cologne, Essen and Dortmund, Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust in Munich, Mozart's Davide Penitente in São Paulo, Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at Festival Baroque de Beaune, Poulenc's Gloria and Orff's Carmina Burana with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Schubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major at the Lucerne Festival, Solveig in Grieg's Peer Gynt with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah in Bergen, Bach's Mass in B minor in Oslo, and a concert with arias by Rossini and Donizetti at the Gothenburg Opera.

The season 2013/14 included Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Norwegian National Opera, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Drottningholm Theatre in Stockholm with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orff's Carmina Burana in Paris with Orchestre de Paris, Servilia in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Ambronay with Concerto de’ Cavalieri, arias by Mozart an Handel with NDR Radio Orchestra Hanover, arias by Mozart with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Haydn's Stabat Mater with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and a recital at Bergen International Festival.

In the spring of 2014 she had enormous success as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at Theater an der Wien with the conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The operas were broadcast on television as well as on radio. Germany's largest newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, compared Mari's success to Anna Netrebko's international breakthrough at the Salzburg Festival in 2002.

In the summer of 2014 she sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Festival d'Aix en Provence. In the autumn of 2014 she sang semi-staged performances in Brussels and Amsterdam as well as recorded Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with René Jacobs, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Knut Waage's Høgsongen with Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen.