Biography

Astrid Nordstad is a Norwegian mezzo-soprano. From 2018-2020 she was a member of the Norwegian National Opera Young Artists’ Programme, where she performed Maddalena in Rigoletto and Badessa in Suor Angelica, Mercedes in Carmen, Masha in Queen of Spades and Tisbe in La Cenerentola, 

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In the 2022/23 season she will appear at Bergen National Opera as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, as Olga in Onegin and as Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town at Norwegian National Opera. On the concert stage, she will perform Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Arctic Philharmonic and Mahler 3 with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, again with Marc Soustrot, among other engagements.

 

Last season, she made her debut as Carmen with the Helgeland Sinfonietta, and as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress at the Oslo Opera Festival. She returned to Norwegian National Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto, she sang Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra led by Marc Soustrot, and Mahler’s Lied von der Erde with the Kristiansund Symphony Orchestra.

 

Other recent highlights were her debut as Rosina in Ringsakeroperaens production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, her performance at the Kirsten Flagstad 125 year memorial concert broadcast, and Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the Danish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ádám Fischer.

 

As an active concert singer, Astrid has performed the solo part in works such as Händels Messiah, the Johannes Passion and Weihnachts Oratorium of Bach, and works such as Mahler’s  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the Rückert-Lieder.  As a recitalist, she has sung recitals at Grieg’s birth house, and is featured on a recording of Peter Heise: The Song Edition Condensed. In her native Norway she is a highly sought-after performer of Griegs Haugtussa song cycle.

Raised in the city of Trondheim, her musical upbringing there includes many years participating in Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir. Further training took her to the Norwegian academy of Music and Astrid was chosen to participate in the prestigious opera program at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (ONAA) . Thereafter she finished her studies at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied under the renowned voice teacher Susanna Eken, and 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.