Raised in the city of Trondheim, Norwegian mezzo soprano Astrid Nordstad (b. 1990) has already marked herself as an exciting and aspiring young singer. Her musical upbringing here includes many years participating in Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir and regular sessions in the local cultural school`s Young Talent Program.
Further training took her to Toneheim Folkehøgskole in Hamar and later on to her formal training at the Norwegian academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Barbro Marklund-Petersone and Professor Randi Stene. As an especially talented student, Astrid was chosen to participate in the prestigious opera program at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (ONAA).
Thereafter Astrid finished her studies at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, long considered to be the center of Opera training in Scandinavia, where she studied under the renowned voice teacher Susanna Eken.
As an active concert singer, Astrid has performed the solo part in works such as Händels Messiah, The St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio of Bach, and also profane works such as Mahlers Rückert-Lieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and is in her native Norway a highly sought-after performer of Griegs Haugtussa song cycle.
Among competition results are:
Second prize in the NINA solo competition held during the Grieg festival in Bergen 2013.
Third Prize in the Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition 2017 together with pianist Christian Grøvlen.
She was semi-finalist in the 2018 Stenhammar Competition in Norrköping, Sweden, and also reached the semi-finals of the 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, where she was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship as the best Norwegian participant that year.
The seasons 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Astrid has been part of the ensamble at the Norwegian Opera (DNO&B) in Oslo as a member of the Young Artist program.
In that capacity, she has performed the roles of Masha in Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Gianetta in L'Elisir d'Amore by Donizetti, Tisbe in La Cenerentola by Rossini, Maddalena in Rigoletto by Verdi and Mercedes in Carmen by Bizet.
In the fall of 2019 Astrid performed the role of Rosina in Ringsakeroperaens production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and the following year she was a soloist in the Kirsten Flagstad 125 year memorial concert broadcast on NRK.
During the 2020/2021 season Astrid sang the role of Badessa in Suor Angelica at DNO&B and had several performances at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.
This season Astrid can be seen as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni at DNO&B.