Mette Bjærang

Mette Bjærang is a Norwegian lyric mezzo-soprano who has a warm, exciting timbre and a flexibility to her voice that is both rare and enchanting. Mette’s voice can be enjoyed both in operas and in concerts and her career so far has seen her regularly engaged in both traditional works and also new and exciting projects.

Mette Bjærang took her master’s degree at Operahøgskolen in Oslo and graduated in Spring 2013. During her studies her unique voice capacity and natural theatrical talent meant that she experienced a wealth of performance opportunities including the chance to perform the role of Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Bess in Robin Hood and Alm in the modern opera Khairos at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. Previous to her masters degree she also studied at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory and at the Griegakademiet.

Ms Bjærang is a well acclaimed concert soloist and has performed at the Copenhagen Opera festival, Oslo Operafestival, Festspillene i Bergen, Nordland Musikkfestuke among others. She has had solo recitals at the Oslo Concert House and The National Opera of Norway and has sung Mozarts Mass in C minor in Helsinki, Finland in the Spring of 2015.

She has been singing roles such as Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia and Dorabella in Così fan tutte, performed at the Opera School in Oslo; Annina in La Traviata at the Skånska Operan; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Nordnorsk Opera and at the Øresundsoperaen’s Opera on Location and the role of Mercedes in Carmen at the Opera Compagniet in Copenhagen. These have all contributed to Mette Bjærang’s adoration and subsequent awards and scholarships.

Ms Bjærang has worked with a fine row of conductors like Pierre Andrè Valade, Jonathan Darlington, Peter Szilvay, Simon Phipps, Olari Elts and directors like Tomo Sugao, Thaddeus Strassberger, William Relton, Kjersti Horn and Catarina Gnosspelius.

Bjærang’s upcoming and recent engagements include the title role of the Sweden premiere of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at Läckö Slottsopera, the newly written piece of Ole Karsten Sundliseter; Haugtussa i Helheim at the Oslo Concert house; internship at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo performing roles such as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Flower Girl in Le Nozze di Figaro and performances in The Soloists’ Christmas concerts at the same venue. Other than this should be mentioned several concerts in Bodø, Norway among them the St John Passion at Bodø Cathedral.

Previous roles:

  • Alm in Khairos (Vaage)
  • Annina in La Traviata (Verdi)
  • Béatrice in Béatrice and Bénédict (Berlioz)
  • Bess in Robin Hood (Schwemmer)
  • Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
  • Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
  • Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Mozart)
  • Flower Girl in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
  • Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
  • Mercedes in Carmen (Bizet)
  • Naboen in Navra (Stravinskij)
  • Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart)

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August 2016

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