Mezzo-soprano - Norway
Hege Høisæter ranks today among Norway's leading mezzosopranos.
Educated mainly at the RNCM and at the Norwegian State Opera Academy she worked for some years as a freelancer. Since 2002 she has been a house soloist at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet.
Hege has performed with most of the major orchestras in Norway, and is also a renowned oratorio singer. Her singing has been broadcast on numerous occasions on national TV and radio.
Experienced within the genres of lieder and art song, she is fond of intimate concert settings - also quite informal ones - and has developed very successful and creative concert programmes together with other chamber musicians.
The majority of her work takes place on the opera stage. She has been highly acclaimed by critics for her achievements in roles such as Carmen, Cornelia (Julius Caesar), Ottavia (Poppea), Yocasta (Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky) and Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu - Berg).
A natural actor and an open-minded singer she has also been a favorite among Norwegian contemporary composers and she has performed several major roles at world premieres.
Hege has on many occasions collaborated very successfully with well-known international conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alessandro de Marchi and John Helmer Fiore and she is currently extending her plans and repertoire with one-woman operas, her first project being La voix humaine (Poulenc) which she has already performed at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and also at the Casa dei Mezzo Festival in 2012.
Every summer since 2009 she has been a part of the Casa dei Mezzo music festival in Crete in repertoire ranging from early baroque via art songs to opera and operetta.
Hege Høisæter is represented by Ellison & Strømsholm.
Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival appearances: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009