Berit Norbakken is one of Scandinavia’s leading sopranos. Her versatility and flexibility of voice have allowed her to master a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary, including folk music. She regularly appears in performances of oratorios, passions, and masses, and continues her work with leading ensembles, orchestras and conductors in major concert halls all over the world.
Her many recordings have garnered high critical acclaim both in Norway and abroad. In particular her recording of Arriaga’s vocal music, together with the BBC Philharmonic under the leading of Juanjo Mena, has received glowing reviews internationally.
Norbakken appeared at the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, at the Cincinnati May Festival as well as in several programs touring throughout Europe.
As a research fellow through The Norwegian Artistic Research Program, she has worked closely with the Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist.
Other parts include Marzelline (Beethoven/Fidelio), Rosina (Rossini/Il Barbiere de Sevilla) Balkis (Haydn/L’Incontro Improvviso), Aci (Händel/Aci, Galatea e Polifemo), Adonis (Scarlatti/Il Giardino di Amore), Abel (Scarlatti/ Il Primo Omicidio), first soprano in Mozart/Great Mass in C Minor, Mozart/Exsultate, jubilate, Haydn/Schöpfung, Haydn/Jahreszeiten and Mendelssohn/Elias.
Upcoming engagements includes Bach/John Passion, Bach/Matthew Passion, Britten/Les Illuminations, Ligeti/Mysteries of the Macabre, Rehnqvist/And also thorns, Rehnqvist/Timpanum Songs - Herding Calls, Grieg/Haugtussa, Mendelssohn/Elias and Haydn/The Creation.