Marita Sølberg is renowned for her “brilliant, sparkling voice and a prepossessing stage presence” (Opera Now) and has cultivated a highly successful career on both operatic and concert stages. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include Nedda Pagliacci, Micaela Carmen, and Mimi La boheme for Norwegian National Opera, as well as Beethoven Symphony No. 9 on tour with the Wiener Symphoniker. She will also return to the Festival St Denis with the Orchestre National de France to sing Mozart Requiem, and to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra as Desdemona in Verdi Otello, under the direction of David Alden. In summer 2017, Sølberg will sing a programme of works by Grieg and Mozart with the Israel Camerata.
Sølberg reprises the role of Mimi after her role debut at the Norwegian National Opera earned her critical acclaim, and the Music Critics Prize in Norway. The role also provided a successful house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper. Other recent highlights include Pamina in Mozart Die Zauberflöte at Los Angeles Opera; Donna Elvira in Mozart Don Giovanni, Liu in Puccini Turandot, Antonia The Tales of Hoffmann, Unge Solveig in the world premiere of Jüri Reinvere’s Peer Gynt and Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, all for Norwegian National Opera. She has also made her house debuts at Teatro La Fenice as Contessa and at Minnesota Opera as Micaëla Carmen. Other roles include Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Nedda Pagliacci, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, title role Zaide, Celia Lucio Silla, Servilia La clemenza di Tito and Marzelline Fidelio. Renowned for her performance of Solveig in Peer Gynt, she has sung this role in Norway, Sweden, Germany (Berliner Philharmoniker), Spain and the US. In 2010, she performed ‘Solveig’s song’ at the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.
Her versatile concert repertoire span across Baroque and contemporary works. Most recently she sang Solveig in Grieg Peer Gynt with the Philharmonia, Faure Requiem with Madrid National Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No.2 with Goteborgs Symfoniker, and Strauss Four Last Songs and Beethoven Symphony No.9, both with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other recent engagements include Mozart C minor Mass with Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Strauss Four Last Songs with Oslo Philharmonic and Schumann Das Paradiese und die Peri with Filharmonia Poznanska and Festival de Saint-Denis, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with Orchestre de Paris in Paris and Vienna and Poulenc Gloria with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other concert highlights include performances with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Bremen and Brussels, Górecki Symphony No.3 with Sinfonia Varsovia, Haydn Die Schöpfung with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile with Orchestre de Paris, a Handel, Mozart and Bach programme at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and a European tour of Bach St Matthew Passion with Les Musiciens de Louvre under Marc Minkowski.
Sølberg performs regularly with Les Musiciens de Louvre and Orchestre de Paris, and has also worked with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Bergen Phiharmonic Orchestra, and Gotenburg Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Michael Hofstetter, Michel Plasson, Eivind Aadland, Eduardo Lopez-Banzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Andreas Spering, Paul McCreesh, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Roland Böer. Her discography includes Peer Gynt and Grieg’s orchestral songs, both with the Bergen Philharmonic for BIS.
Sølberg won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was a prize winner at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2011, she was awarded the Tom Wilhelmsens Foundation prize at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in recognition of her artistry and musical achievements both nationally and internationally. She has been a Principal Artist at the Norwegian Opera since 2008.
Nedda in Pagliacci
Norwegian National Opera
Micaela in Carmen
Norwegian National Opera
Mimi in La boheme
Norwegian National Opera
Desdemona in Otello
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Wiener Symphoniker (China Tour)
Orchestre National de France, Festival St. Denis
Grieg & Mozart programme
One rarely hears a voice like this. It is a voice of almost mystic dimensions, great and fully grown and with a veil of the unspoken, as if it is brought forth from a deep secret source. Marita Sølberg has the potential to be one of our most shining stars without any who can strive up to her height.
Guardian, November 2015
Marita Sølberg was the most exquisite Solveig imaginable – extraordinarily affecting in the closing scene, when she sings Peer to his final rest. Beautiful.
It was Marita Sølberg as Nedda, however, who impressed the most. She has a brilliant, sparkling voice and a prepossessing stage presence that made this opera the most entertaining and moving work in this well loved double bill.