Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken has a diverse repertoire that covers the full spectrum of Western music history, from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the most contemporary works. She regularly appears in performances of oratorios, passions and masses and continues to work with leading ensembles, orchestras and conductors in major concert halls worldwide.
Her many recordings have received brilliant reviews both in Norway and abroad. She collaborates closely with conductor Juanjo Mena, with whom she regularly appears in concert. Their recording with the BBC Philharmonic of Arriaga’s vocal music has received glowing international reviews.
Norbakken has appeared at the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and May Festival Cincinnati, as well as in several touring programs in Europe featuring music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Norbakken has also sung opera with great success. Her roles include Marzelline (in Beethoven’s Fidelio), Rosina (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), Balkis (Haydn’sL’incontro improvviso), Aci (Handel’sAci, Galatea e Polifemo), Adonis (A. Scarlatti’sIl giardino d’amore), Abel (A. Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio) and Belinda (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas ). In 2019, she completed her research fellowship at The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. During her research, she worked closely with Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist.