The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. Her first major international engagement was as a member of the soloist ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover. Since then she has established a flourishing international career, equally at home in oratorio, recitals, concerts, opera and contemporary music-theatre.
She has worked with conductors such as Shalev Ad-El, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giancarlo Andretta, Giordano Bellincampi, Fabio Biondi, Olof Boman, Fabio Bonizzoni, Frans Brüggen, Fredrik Burstedt, Pierre Cao, Aaron Edward Carpenè, Harry Christophers, Christophe Coin, Thomas Dausgaard, Peter Dijkstra, John Helmer Fiore, Gottfried von der Goltz, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Robert King, Vincent de Kort, Nicholas Kraemer, Nicolas Krüger, Eduardo López Banzo, Andrew Manze, Michael McCarthy, Marc Minkowski, Emilio Moreno, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Philip Picket, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Vasily Petrenko, Vasily Petrenko, George Petrou, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Joshua Rifkin, Helmut Rilling, Mats Rondin, Christophe Rousset, Sébastien Rouland, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Etienne Siebens, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Philipp von Steinaecker, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård, Peter Szilvay, Robin Ticciati, Jos van Immerseel, György Vashegyi, Bruno Weil and Michael A. Willens.
Marianne Beate Kielland is a much noted concert singer and she regularly appears in major concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia. She has built an unusually vast concert repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century works of Monteverdi, via Couperin, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Berlioz, Wagner, Dvorak, Elgar, Mahler, Schönberg, Berg, Weill, Berio, to contemporary works of Cage, Stockhausen and Ratkje.
Operatic appearances on stage and in concerts include Merope in Vivaldi's Oracolo in Messenia at the Barbican London, Messaggiera and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo in Oslo, the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans in Santiago de Compostela, Fernando in Attilio Ariosti’s La Fede nei tradimenti in Siena and Montpellier, Apollo in Handel's Terpsichore in Versailles, Sablé and Halle, Anitra in Grieg's Peer Gynt in Cologne, Essen and Dortmund, Fernando in Ariosti's La Fede nei tradimenti in Krakow, Hamor in Handel’s Jephta as well as Adalgiso in Scarlatti’s Carlo, Re d'Allemagna in Stavanger, Ercole in Caldara’s Il piu bel nome in Lleida (Spain), and Aronne in Francesco Nicolò Fago’s Il Faraone Sommerso in Seville, Ourense, Tui, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Lugo, Cuenca (all in Spain), Krakow and Salzburg.
She has made more than 40 CD recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and “Lieder” by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schönberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated to a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen.
Engagements in 2013 included Apollo in Handel's Terpsichore in Brussels, Malta and Caen with Les Talens Lyriques, arias by Purcell and Mahler in Oslo with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Cologne with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mozart's Davide penitente in Gent and Antwerp with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Oslo with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in Örebro with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, concerts in Bordeaux, Fontfroide and Utrecht with Le Concert des Nations, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Bach's Magnificat in La Chaise Dieu and Rheingau with The King’s Consort, Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in Budapest with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Handel's Messiah in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca with Orquestra Barroca Catalana, Mozart's Requiem in Tokyo, Sapporo and Saitama with Bach Collegium Japan as well as in Bergen with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach's Mass in B minor Aldersbach and Blaibach with Das Neue Orchester, Verdi's Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and concerts of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder, Elgar's Sea pictures and Bach's St. Matthew Passion in various Norwegian cities. She also toured extensively with Edvard Grieg/Olav Anton Thommesen's song cycle Veslemøy Synsk.
2014 included Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in c minor in Stockholm, Bach's Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as well as with Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, concerts in Paris and Barcelona with Le Concert des Nations, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Handel's Messiah in La Chaise Dieu with The King's Concort, concerts with music by Durante and De Nebra in Basel with Al Ayre Español, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Vienna, Grafenegg and St. Pölten with Tonkünstler Orchestra as well as in Trondheim with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's Rückert-Lieder in Harstad, Duruflé's Requiem in Trondheim and concerts as well as recording of songs by Schubert with Jos van Immerseel.
Engagements in 2015 included Merope in Vivaldi's Oracolo in Messenia at the Barbican in London as well as on tour in Asia with Europa Galante, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos in Freiburg with Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as in Bruges and Dijon with Anima Eterna, Bibers Missa Salzburgensis in Barcelona and Vienna with Le Concert des Nations, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with The King's Concort, Cantatas by Bach in Switzerland with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Arias and Duets by Handel (with Ian Bostridge) with Trondheim Baroque, Mozart's Mass in C minor in Budapest, Bach's St John Passion in Aldersbach with Capella Augustina, Bach's Mass in B minor in Geneva with Gli Angeli Genève, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Mexico with Anima Eterna, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Budapest and Pécs, concerts in Hamburg with Le Concert des Nations, Handel's Messiah in Stockholm with Musica Vitae, Beethoven's in Örebro with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio's Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Verdi's Requiem in Oslo, Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder in Røros, Schumann's Frauenliebe und leben in Lofoten, arias by Handel and songs by Grieg in Bergen and recitals with songs by Schubert in Antwerp, Dijon and Blaibach with Jos van Immerseel.
2016 has started with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Sydney Opera House, Couperin's in Enschede and Vlissingen with The King Consort and Anitra in Peer Gynt in Vienna with Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
MENDELSSOHN - Elijah - Oslo
Miguel Hart-Bedoya, conductor / Norwegian Radio Orchestra
TELEMANN - Du aber Daniel + BACH - Actus Tragicus - Oslo
Alfredo Bernardini, conductor
BACH - St Matthew Passion - Hannover
Andrew Manze, conductor / NDR Symphony Orchestra
HAYDN - Schöpfungsmesse - Grafenegg
Andrew Manze, conductor
BACH - Cantatas - Regensburg, Burghausen
Alfredo Bernardini, leader
VIVALDI - Gloria - Stavanger
Fabio Biondi, conductor / Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
BACH - Cantatas - Trogen
Rudolf Lutz, conductor / Bachstiftung St. Gallen
COUPERIN - Trois Leçons de Ténèbres - Stour
Robert King, conductor / The King Consort
WAGNER - Das Rheingold / Fricka - Kulturwald
Andreas Spering, conductor
SCHUMANN - Frauenliebe und -leben - Oslo
Håvard Gimse, piano
MOZART - Requiem - Oslo
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor
BEETHOVEN - Missa Solemnis - Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague
Daniel Reuss, conductor / Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9 - Bergen
Juanjo Mena, conductor / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
HANDEL - Messiah - Lofoten
Andres Spering, conductor
BACH - Christmas Oratorio - Oslo
Vivianne Sydnes, conductor
BACH - Mass in B minor - Oslo
Karl Høgset, conductor
HANDEL - Messiah - Malmö
NN, conductor / Malmö Symphony Orchestra
HAYDN - Seven last words - Genève, Lausanne
Daniel Reuss, conductor / L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
BACH - St John Passion - Oslo
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
BACH - St Matthew Passion - Manchester
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor / BBC Philharmonic
MONTEVERDI - Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda - Dresden, Bruges, Antwerp, Rheingau
Jos van Immerseel, conductor / Anima Eterna
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9 - Paris, Bruges
Jos van Immerseel, conductor / Anima Eterna
BACH - Christmas Oratorium - Lisbon
Michel Corboz, conductor / Orquestra Gulbenkian
BACH - Solo cantatas - Växjö
Fredrik Malmberg, conductor / Musica Vitae