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Audun Iversen

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen began singing at the age of 22. In Spring 2005 he obtained a Bachelor in Classical Performing Singing from The Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, where he studied with professors Håkan Hagegård and Svein Bjørkøy. Mr. Iversen furthered his studies at the Opera Academy Copenhagen, where teachers included Susanna Eken, Martin Isepp, Fiona MacSherry, Mikael Eliassen and Rachel Andrist.

Audun was an exchange-student in Leipzig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Before moving to Copenhagen Mr. Iversen was frequently employed as soloist with the Norwegian Soloist Choir. In September 2007 they released a CD for which he sang solos by Grieg. Audun enjoyed considerable success at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival in August 2005 where he received brilliant reviews for Eumete in Il Ritono D’Ulisse in Patria under Alan Curtis. That concert lead to an engagement with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as him being invited back to the Oslo Chamber Music Festival the following year to do the baritone part in Galuppi’s Confitebor. During the 2007/08 season, whilst a student, he performed Schaunard in ‘La Boheme’ and Viscomte Cascada in ‘The Merry Widow’ with The Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Conductors with whom Audun has collaborated include Christian Badea, Marc Soustrot, Kazushi Ono, Giordano Bellincampi, Michael Schønwandt, Michael Boder, Eivind Aadland, Lan Shui, Alan Curtis, Bruno dal Bon and Thomas Søndergaard.

Audun Iversen won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo in August 2007 in addition to being the first singer to win the newly founded Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship. In July 2007 he made the final in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. Audun was awarded the Danish Reumert Talent Award for 2009 at the official Danish award ceremony for stage arts (Opera, Theatre, Ballet and Musicals). Audun was 2010 recipient of the Aalborg Opera Prize.

His appearances have included The Grand Opening Gala of The New Norwegian National Opera House in Oslo; The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony singing with Elina Garanca; The Norwegian National Opera’s New Years Concerts and Operafest Concerts as well as a solo recital at Festspillene i Bergen (Bergen International Festival). In July 2008 Mr. Iversen performed at Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes (N), Lars Vogt (GER) and Håvard Gimse (N). Summer 2008 he was selected, together with 11 other talented young singers, to be part of the Summer Academy’s Mozart-Programme at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, where after he was selected to be one of four HSBC-Laureates for the following season.

Audun sang the Count Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, where he was Principal artist for 08-09 season, as well as at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other engagements include the title role in Eugene Onegin for Opéra de Lille, Zurga in concerts of The Pearl Fishers with Moscow State Philharmonic Society and Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He opened the 10/11 season performing the title role in Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne on Tour, followed by Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Danish Opera his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Albert in Werther conducted Antonio Pappano, and the title role in Eugene Onegin for the Bolshoi at the Athens International Festival. Engagements in the 11/12 season and beyond include the title role in Eugene Onegin for English National Opera and at the Bolshoi, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera di Roma, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro in a new production at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2012 conducted by Robin Ticciati, Carmina Burana in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Muti, Marcello in La Boheme and Lescaut in Manon also for the Royal Opera House, Olivier in Capriccio at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as a new opera by George Benjamin, Written On Skin, which will tour to numerous venues including in Florence, Vienna and Paris.

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