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Hege Høisæter

Mezzo soprano

Hege Høisæter

Mezzo soprano Hege Høisæter was born and raised in Bergen, Norway. She studied at the RNCM, Manchester, and at the Norwegian State Opera Academy. She then spent a number of years freelancing in Norway and abroad and in 2004 she became one of the house soloists of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet.

Her main parts have included Cornelia (Julius Caesar - Händel), Carmen (Bizet), Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu - Berg), Ottavia (Poppea - Monteverdi), Miss D (Maxwell-Davies), Sextus (Titus - Mozart), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung - Wagner) and Yocasta (Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky).

Hege has also been the leading lady in quite a few world premieres by composers such as Gisle Kverndokk, Glenn-Erik Haugland and Ole-Henrik Moe.

She has sung on many occasions with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, John Fiore and Alessandro de Marchi and she has also collaborated very successfully with instrumentalists such as Andjei Maevski (clarinet) and Vegar Anvik (piano) in creative chamber settings, and with other pianists including Torhild Fimreite and John Lidal in the lied and art song repertoire.

Hege's singing has been broadcast on national and international radio and television on numerous occasions and she has also been a frequent guest at the Casa dei Mezzo International Festival in Makrigialos, Crete.

Hege is currently extending her plans and repertoire with one-woman operas, her first project being La voix humaine (Poulenc) which she has already performed at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and also at the Casa dei Mezzo Festival in 2012.

Top photo by Erik Berg

Hege Høisæter

Photos: Katja (Joerg Wiesner), Carmen (Erik Berg), Salome (Erik Berg), ULysses Vender Hjem (Erik Berg)

Repertoire

  • Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle (Judith)
  • Berg: Lulu (Gräfin Geschwitz)
  • Bizet: Carmen (Mercedes)
  • Bizet: Carmen
  • Britten: Noye's Fludde (Mrs Noah)
  • Britten: Peter Grimes (Auntie)
  • Cage: Singer in Europeras 3
  • Händel: Title role in Xerxes
  • Händel: Julius Caesar (Cornelia)
  • Händel: Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Disinganno)
  • Haugland: Titlerole Rebekka
  • Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel)
  • Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (Die Mutter)
  • Hvoslef: The Clown (Barabbas)
  • Janáček: Káťa Kabanová (Kabanicha)
  • Kverndokk: Fourth Nightwatch (Gunnhild)
  • Kverndokk: Around the World in 80 Days (Fionula)
  • Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre (Mescalina)
  • Maxwell-Davies: Miss D (title role)
  • Menotti: The Medium (Mrs Nolan)
  • O-H.Moe: SHE (Blob 1 and 2)
  • Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)
  • Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Penelope)
  • Mozart: Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera)
  • Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2nd & 3rd Lady)
  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
  • Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (Sextus)
  • Osborne: The Electrification of the Soviet Union (Natasha)
  • Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (Baba)
  • Poulenc: Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Old Prioress)
  • Poulenc: La voix humaine
  • Puccini: La Badessa + La suora zelatrice (Suor Angelica)
  • Puccini: Mma Butterfly (Suzuki)
  • Sciarrino: Infinito nero (one-woman piece)
  • Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Axinja)
  • J.Strauss: Die Fliedermaus (Orlovsky)
  • R.Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryad)
  • R. Strauss: Salome (Herodias)
  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (Jocaste)
  • Tcaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Polina/Vilovsor)
  • Turnage: Twice Through the Heart (Woman)
  • Verdi: Rigoletto (Maddalena)
  • Verdi: Othello (Emilia)
  • Rolf Wallin: Elysium (The Neighbour)
  • Wagner: Siegfried (Erda)
  • Wagner: Rheingold (Flosshilde)
  • Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (Mary)
  • Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Waltraute)
  • Wagner: Die Walküre (Fricka)

Sacred music:

  • G.B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
  • G.Fr.Händel: The Messiah
  • G.Fr. Händel: Judas Maccabbeus
  • J.S.Bach: Christmas Oratorio
  • G.Rossini: Stabat Mater
  • G.Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
  • W.A. Mozart: Requiem
  • M.Duruflé: Requiem
  • F.Mendelssohn: Elijah
  • F.Mendelssohn: Paulus
  • A.Vivaldi: Gloria
  • G.Verdi: Requiem
  • Works with orchestra:
  • Berlioz: La mort de Cleopatre
  • Elgar: Sea Pictures
  • Haugland: Og holt læt seld sjels gal
  • O.-H.Moe: Frauenliebe und Erlebnisse
  • Ravel: Sheherazade

Song cycles:

  • Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge
  • Korngold: 4 Abschiedslieder
  • Nystöm: Sångar vid havet
  • Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben
  • Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder

Also songs by composers such as R.Strauss, Grieg, Sibelius, Schubert, Mozart, Wolf, Brahms, Britten, Weill, de Falla, etc.

Hege has successfully started to thoroughly explore the higher parts of her register and will be extending her repertoire with roles such as Elvira (Mozart -Don Giovanni), Eboli (Verdi - Don Carlo).

No cuts or alterations of any kind should be made to this biography without the consent of Hege Høisæter.

Hege - Elysium 700

Opera "Elysium" composed by Rolf Wallin with libretto by Mark Ravenhill directed by David Pountney. Norwegian Opera 2016

As a member of the Norwegian Opera for 42 years, I've watched many singers, some since they left the Opera School. I was responsible for lighting them for years. One of them was Hege Høisæter. I mean she is the most versatile opera singer I've ever seen. She mastered all roles with bravura.
Gretar Sveinbjørnsson - Lighting designer