The Norwegian baritone Halvor F. Melien was born in 1984. He studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo. He has quickly established himself as one of Norway’s foremost singers, also appearing extensively throughout Europe.
He has worked with conductors such as Paul Agnew, Oleg Caetani, Aaron Carpene, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Biondi, Alessandro De Marchi, Peter Djiikstra, Marcello Di Lisa, Christian Eggen, Thröstur Eiriksson, John Helmer Fiore, Antonino Fogliani, Simon Gaudenz, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Robert Howarth, Tõnu Kaljuste, Sirkka Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Lawrence-King, Steven Levine, Andrew Parrott, Vasily Petrenko, Sébastien Rouland, Peter Schreier, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Henrik Vagn Christensen, Jos van Veldhoven, Alexander Vedernikov, Gottfried von der Goltz, Philipp von Steinaecker and Julian Wachner.
He is a much sought after concert singer. His vast repertoire include oratorios, masses, cantatas and song cycles by Bach, Barber, Brahms, Bruckner, Buxtehude, Charpentier, Duruflé, Fauré, A. Gabrieli, G. Gabrieli, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schütz, Stravinsky and Telemann. He is one of Scandinavia's leading interpreters of 20th and 21st-century music, also having participated in a number of world-premiers.
Engagements in the season 2013/14 included Cantatas by Bach in Trondheim, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Ho Chi Minh City as well as in Bodoe, concerts with music by various baroque composers at Oslo Chamber Music Festival, 2:nd Man in Lera Auerbach’s The Blind with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Fredrikstad as well as with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Te Deum as well as Cantatas by Buxtehude and Geist with Trondheim Baroque, Barber's Dover Beach with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart’s Mass in C minor as well as Handel’s Messiah Oslo. In the summer of 2014 he took take part in the Young Singers' Program at the Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Engagements in the season 2014/15 included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Steward / Sergeant / Sentry in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Norwegian National Opera, Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri with the Arctic Opera, Bach's St Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in Fredrikstad and Drammen, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in Tromsoe, Fauré's Requiem in Oslo, Knut Vaage's Høgsongen in Bergen, a recital at Málaga Clásica Music Festival and no less than four productions of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Oslo, Bergen, Halden, Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg.
The season 2015/16 included Masetto in Don Giovanni, Moralès in Carmen, Giove in II Ritorno d'Ulisse, Steward / Sergeant / Sentry in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, A Mandarin in Turandot and a recital at the Norwegian National Opera, Bach's St John Passion in Essen and Aix en Provence with Musica Saeculorum, Beethoven's Missa solemnis with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Stavanger, Handel's Messiah in Drammen and a recording of Knut Vaage's Høgsongen. His many concerts in Oslo have included Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Cantatas by Bach and Telemann, several concerts with cantatas by Bach, and concerts with various music by Schütz, G. Gabrieli and Monteverdi.
Bergen National Opera
Puccini - La Bohème / Schaunard
Magnus Loddgard, conductor
Rimsky-Korsakov - Mozart and Salieri / Salieri
Øyvind Bjorå, conductor / Arctic Philharmonic
Bach - Cantatas
NN, conductor / Barokkanerne
Bach - Cantatas
Kjetil Ertresvaåg, conductor
Bach - Christmas Oratorio
Per-Kristian Amundrød, conductor
Mozart - Mass in C minor
Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor / Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
Bach - St Matthew Passion
Christoph Schoener, conductor
Weill - Die sieben Todsünden
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Bach/Telemann - Various
Monteverdi - Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria / Giove
Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik
Alessandro De Marchi, conductor