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Audun Iversen

Audun Iversen sings Frank and Fritz in the opera The Dead City (Die tote Stadt) here in Bergen autumn 2024.

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen began singing at the age of 22. In Spring 2005, he graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, where he studied with professors Håkan Hagegård and Svein Bjørkøy. Audun furthered his studies at the Opera Academy Copenhagen and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, where, during the 2007-08 season, he performed Schaunard in La bohème and Viscomte Cascada in The Merry Widow with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.

A multi award-winning artist, Audun received First Prize in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo in 2007 (where he was the first singer to win the newly founded Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship), was a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, was awarded the Danish Reumert Talent Award for 2009 at the official Danish award ceremony for stage arts, was HSBC laureate at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and 2010 recipient of the Aalborg Opera Prize.

Some operatic highlights of recent seasons include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for his San Francisco Opera debut and at Deutsche Oper Berlin; il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro for Royal Danish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival; title role Eugene Onegin for Royal Danish Opera, Opéra de Lille, the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and English National Opera; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de Perles with Moscow State Philharmonic Society; Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne on Tour; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Royal Danish Opera and for Opera di Roma; Albert in Werther at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (conducted by Antonio Pappano) and Opernhaus Zürich; Marcello in La bohème at the Royal Opera House, San Francisco Opera and Royal Danish Opera; Olivier in Capriccio for his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut; Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore in Denmark, and the title role in Wozzeck for Oper Frankfurt and The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo.

Notable concert appearances include the Grand Opening Gala of the new Norwegian National Opera House in Oslo; The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony singing with Elīna Garanča; the Norwegian National Opera’s New Year’s concerts and Operafest concerts, performances at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival with Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt and Håvard Gimse; Carmina Burana with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Britten’s War Requiem with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding.

Audun Iversen also sung the roles as Frank and Fritz in The Dead City (Die tote Stadt) by Korngold spring 2023 at English National Opera, directed by Annilese Miskmimmon. Season 2023/24 he also interpretes Giorgio Germont i La traviata at the National Theatre i Prague.

After being soloist in Die tote Stadt here i Bergen in November, he will sing the role as Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at De Nationale Oper in Amsterdam, directed by Barrie Kosky.

Main source: The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
Updated April 2024