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Anne-Lise Berntsen

Anne-Lise Berntsen

Anne-Lise Berntsen


Anne-Lise Berntsen grew up in Eggedal, a small village in the mountains of Norway. At the age of 19 she was accepted at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg having no musical skills other than an unusual and dramatic voice. Very soon she was being called "the young Flagstad," and an exceptionally bright future was predicted. After four years, however, she left her studies to marry and raising children, firmly intending never to return to the music world, from which she felt alienated. Read more on Last.fm
Anne-Lise Berntsen grew up in Eggedal, a small village in the mountains of Norway. At the age of 19 she was accepted at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg having no musical skills other than an unusual and dramatic voice. Very soon she was being called "the young Flagstad," and an exceptionally bright future was predicted. After four years, however, she left her studies to marry and raising children, firmly intending never to return to the music world, from which she felt alienated.

It was a long break indeed before she realized that singing was a necessity for her. She resumed her vocal studies under Professor Peer Birch in Denmark. She made her concert debut in 1978 and devoted the following years primarily to baroque music, studying at the Hague Conservatory in The Netherlands and founding the Norwegian baroque ensemble, "Oslo Consort." A newly-awakened interest in opera led her to the Academy of Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1984 she made her operatic debut at Stockholm's Royal Opera in Peter Maxwell Davies' Taverner.

That same year she was featured at the International Festival of Bergen, Norway in a dramatized version of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Opera was to be the focal point of the following 10 years of her career. In 1988 she had sensational success i n the title role of Puccini´s Torandot at the Folkopera of Stockholm, Sweden. Other operatic roles included Mére Marie in Poulenc´s The Carmelites, Adriadne in Strauss´Ariadne auf Naxos, Marie in Allban Berg´s Wozzek, Carmen i Bizet´s Carmen, Lollo in Hans Gefors` Cry Wolf, Costelnicka in Janacek´s Jenufa - all at the main Opera Houses of Scandinavia. Orchestral Performances include the RAI in Milano, the Tajpei S.O.

in Taiwan, the UNAM in Mexico City, the Symphony Orchestras of Long Beach. San José, Buffalo and Virginia, USA, as well as the Symphony Orchestras and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra of Norway and orchestras in Sweden and Denmark. Contemporary Music being one of her favourite topics, ALB has premiered works written exclusively for her by a number of composers, including Lasse Thoresen, Arne Nordheim, Hans Gefors, Nils Henrik Asheim, Henrik Hellstenius and Mel Powell. Out of these rich frames of musical knowledge and experience, ALB has since 1997 been developing new formats of musical communication.

Her new ways of creating concerts as well as staged musical happenings build on references to history proper, history of culture and history of ideas. Her stunning performances of these events have drawn the critics´acclaim as well as huge audiences, and are performed both in chamber musical and symphonic orchestral settings. Anne-Lise Berntsen can be heard on recordings on the Victoria and Kirkelig Kulturverksted labels in such works at Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (nominated for a Norwegian "Grammy") and Engleskyts: (Angels Arrow) the later being a remarkable recording of Norwegian folk-songs and hymns that has become the surprise hit of public radio audiences throughout the United States and Canada. Angels Arrow has received significant airplay in the USA.

Come Rain (Angels Arrow II) was released 2003. Her striking visual presence has led to appearances in film and video. She starred in a short film Deraillement directed by Unni Straume in 1992 which was awarded Un certain regard at the Cannes Festival. She also appeared in the movie The Prompter directed by Hilde Heier as singer (Amneris in Aida) and actress.

Several videos have been commissoned by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation during the last 15 years, the latest being the 6 program series "On The Contemporary", and "The Source Of Christmas" with jazz group "The Source" 2002. Anne-Lise Berntsen has obtained the Norwegian State Artist Production Scholarship for the years 2001 and 2002. This funding has been enabling her to invest time developing new experimental venues with different kinds of musicians. This building up several series or alternativ concerts is ALB`s main artistic focal point these years. 2001 - 2003 she is engaged at the University of Trondheim, Norway, as Visiting Professor in classical singing.

2005 Anne Lise Berntsen is establishing a production company, mainly for realizing and further developing her own productions. She contionues part time teaching, now with the basis in her own company. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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