After a successful career in one of Norway’s most well known rock groups and later as a musical-singer, the Norwegian tenor Marius Roth Christensen turned to classical music relatively late.
He made his operatic debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He was immediately invited back to the Norwegian National Opera for Camille de Rossilon in Die Lustige Witwe opposite Solveig Kringelborn as Hanna Glawari, and as the Fire-fighter in the world premiere of Bengt Perry’s The Doll-Doctor.
He has also quickly become much sought after for concerts. His repertoire includes a number of works by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Rossini, Bruckner, Mendelssohn and Verdi.
Tamino in Die Zauberflöte has become his most performed role and he has sung it in five productions. Other recent opera engagements include Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria at the Norwegian National Opera Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Lyric Opera Dublin, Rodolfo in La bohème, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Beppe in I Pagliacci at Oscarsborg Opera Festival as well as with Opera South (Norway), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Kristiansund Opera, Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne in Larvik, and Camille de Rossilon in Die Lustige Witwe at the Sandefjord Opera Festival.
Engagements in the season 2012/13 included Alfredo in La Traviata and Beppe in I Pagliacci at the Norwegian National Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Nordfjord, Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Maggio Musicale Florence, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Simon Gaudenz, King Assueros in Handel's Esther at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival with the conductor Michael Hofstetter, opera gala with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra as well as at Oscarsborg Opera Festival and Rossini’s Petite messe Solenelle in Oslo.
Engagements in the season 2013/14 included Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Oronte in Alcina, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer as well as White Minister in Le Grand Macabre at the Norwegian National Opera and Verdi’s Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with the conductor John Helmer Fiore.
Engagements in the season 2014/15 include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Zinoviy Izmailov in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Norwegian National Opera, Oronte in Alcina at the Royal Danish Opera and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Bergen with the conductor Kjetil Almenning.
Upcoming engagement include Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and Zinoviy Izmailov in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Norwegian National Opera,