Randi Stene was born in Trondheim and got her education at the Academy of Music in Norway and at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen where since 1989 she is engaged at the Royal Opera House ”Det Kongelige”. Randi Stene was a finalist in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1991 and made her international debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Opera Bastille in Paris in 1993.
Since her debut in Paris Mrs Stene has performed in many leading opera houses and concert halls such as Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, the festivals in Edinburgh and Bergen as well as at many Chamber Music Festivals.
Randi Stene’s operatic repertory includes most of the leading mezzo parts in both the Italian and German repertory (such as Brangäne, Fricka, Gluck’s Orfeo, Gertrude in Thomas’s ‘Hamlet’ and Oktavian). Among the roles she has performed at the Royal Opera House “Det Kongelige” you also find Dorabella, Carmen, Clairon in Capriccio, Charlotte in Werther, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger, Amneris in Aida, Cornelia in Händel’s Julius Caesar, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Lucretia and Baba in The Rake’s Progress.
The season 2012/13 Mrs Stene participates in Gianni Schicchi as Zita, in The Devils of Loudun (Penderecki) as Claire and as Fricka in a Wagner gala performance, all at “Det Kongelige”.
Mrs Stene’s concert repertory is wide and she regularly sings with all the Danish and Norwegian orchestras as well as with orchestras such as The Proms, at the Edinburgh Festival, in Berlin, Brussels, London, Helsinki and Istanbul. She appears with conductors such as Benard Haitink, Christoph von Eschenbach, Christian Thielemann, Armin Jordan, Nello Santi, Manfred Honeck, Pierre Boulez, Anthony Pappano, Daniel Harding and others.
She is also much in demand in radio and TV productions and has recorded songs by Sibelius, Grieg, Peterson-Berger, Alfvén, Heise and John Dowland.
In 2014 she was awarded Ridderkorset af Dannebrogsordenen and in 2007 the Sibelius prize.
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