ASTRID NORDSTAD | Mezzo-soprano
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Recent engagements for Norwegian mezzo-soprano Astrid Nordstad include the roles of Maddalena in Rigoletto and Badessa in Suor Angelica, both at the Norwegian National Opera. Other roles at the Norwegian National Opera and as a member of their Young Artists Program, include Mercedes in Carmen, Masha in Queen of Spades and Tisbe in La Cenerentola.
Astrid performed the role of Rosina in Ringsakeroperaens production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, was a soloist in the Kirsten Flagstad 125 year memorial concert broadcast and sang Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the Danish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ádám Fischer.
As an active concert singer, Astrid has performed the solo part in works such as Händels Messiah, the Johannes Passion and Weihnachts Oratorium of Bach, and works such as Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and is in her native Norway a highly sought-after performer of Griegs Haugtussa song cycle.
Raised in the city of Trondheim, her musical upbringing there includes many years participating in Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir.
Further training took her to the Norwegian academy of Music and Astrid was chosen to participate in the prestigious opera program at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (ONAA) . Thereafter she finished her studies at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied under the renowned voice teacher Susanna Eken, and reached the semi-finals of the 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, where she was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship as the best Norwegian participant that year
About the role of Badessa in Suor Angelica at the Norwegian National Opera
"…tonight's concert was a demonstration of what power and talent lies in the ensemble at the Norwegian Opera. Among the smaller parts I have to elevate especially Astrid Nordstad in the role of Badessa. She nearly blasted me out of my seat during her short performance"
klassiskmusikk.no, 5 October 2020
About the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Norwegian National Opera
“Astrid Nordstad makes a brilliant performance as the role of Maddalena, the hitman Sparafucile’s sister. Nordstad’s dark and luscious mezzo voice shows both power and flexibility”
NRK Eystein Sandvik 8 October 2019
“Additionally, Astrid Nordstad is a revelation in the role of Maddalena. Her voice has got everything - core, warmth, personality and projection”
scenekunst.no 7 October 2019
About Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Danish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ádám Fischer.
“Astrid Nordstad currently spreads her wings as a member of the young artist ensemble at the Norwegian Opera. Since her voice is not only beautiful, dramatic and dark - but also rich and pleasant, the intense orchestral songs like Mahler’s «Rückert-Lieder» envelopes the room like flowing poetry with withheld breath”
Politiken 3 September 2019