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Stian Økland

Stian Økland started with jazz and prog-rock before he fell in love with opera. Spring 2023 he is touring schools in Bergen with our educational programme about Rusalka.

Norwegian lyric tenor Stian Økland has his bachelor degree from the Grieg Academy in Bergen, and a master from Wales International Academy of Voice.

As a young operasinger he has performed in Norway, Germany, Scotland og Wales, and autumn 2019 he was a solist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Hong Kong.

Økland is also a guitar player, and has attended many festivals together with his bands: from Bergen International Festival, Nattjazz and Oslo Jazzfestival – to Inferno-festival and Hole in the sky. 2010 he established the prog-rock band Seven Impale, which has been internationally acclaimed for its two albums.

Økland has been a part of Bergen National Operas (BNO) chorus in many productions, and in 2014 he played one of the principal roles of in BNO’s production “All about my family” (Alt om min familie). Økland has also been a part of the professional vocal ensemble of Trondheim (Trondheim Vokalensemble) 2017-2020. He has also participated as an opera pedagogue in serveral different school projects since 2020.

Season 2021/22 he was prince Sou-Chong in the operetta The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns) av Lehár at the Allee Theater in Hamburg, Tamino in the original version of The Magic Flute, as well as in the premiere of Goethe's "Die Zauberflöte zweiter Teil" (The Magic Flute, Part 2). Autumn 2022 he continued as Tamino, as well as singing the title role in Gounod's opera Faust, also at the Allee Theater.

Season 2022/23 he and Martina Starr-Lassen are touring the schools in Bergen with The Magic Flute (autumn 2022) and Rusalka (spring 2023).

Updated March 2023