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Born in 1983, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in her native Oslo, at the Paris Conservatoire, and with Susanna Eken at the Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen, where she completed her studies in the summer of 2010. She made her operatic debut at the age of 23 at Norwegian National Opera, where she appeared as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and also sang at the opening gala for the new opera house. Eriksmoen has since performed on major stages throughout Europe. At the Theater an der Wien she has sung Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and Olympia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann; she has performed Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Fiakermilli in Arabella at Frankfurt Opera; and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 she has sung Barbarina in Figaro. Eriksmoen’s repertoire encompasses both coloratura and lyric soprano
roles and ranges from Handel to Schoenberg. She has worked with such conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, Erwin Ortner, and Christian Vásquez. Some especially appealing engagements the young soprano has lined up for next year include Solveig in Grieg’s Peer Gynt, which she will perform under Paavo Järvi in Paris and Marc Minkowski in London; Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, which she will sing with Daniel Harding and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and her La Scala debut as the Forest Bird in Wagner’s Siegfried, to be conducted by Daniel Barenboim. In 2011 she won the Classical Music Talent Grant in Norway, whose previous recipients include violinist Vilde Frang.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2011, as Papagena in a performance of The Magic Flute conducted by Daniel Harding.