The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Ann-Beth Solvang studied at the Rogaland Conservatory of Music in Stavanger and at The State Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo.
She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2006-08 after which she joined the ensemble at the Staatsoper Hamburg in 2008. Her repertoire include Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold as well as in Götterdämmerung, Grimgerde in Die Walküre, Diana in La Calisto, Diane in Iphigénie en Tauride, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Mercédès in Carmen, Annina in La Traviata, Bersi in Andrea Chenier, Silla in Palestrina and Miss Betty in the world premiere of Oscar Strasnoy's opera Le Bal.
Since the autumn of 2011 she is freelance. Guest engagements have included Blumenmädchen in Parsifal at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Grimgerde in Die Walküre at Oper Zürich, Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra de Bastille in Paris, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold as well as in Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Argene in Pergolesi´s L`Olimpiade and Annio in La clemenza di Tito at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Flavia in Telemann’s Flavius Bertaridus at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik as well as at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Miss Betty in Le Bal at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Page in Salome at Teatr Wielki in Warszaw, Melanto and Fortuna in Il Ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria as well as Mercédès in Carmen at the Norwegian National Opera Oslo and Ernesto in Il mondo della luna and Unulfo in Rodelinda with the La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Her appearances at Theater an der Wien include Argene in Pergolesi´s L`Olimpiade, Voice of the mother of Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and Ursule in Beatrice et Benedict.
Ann-Beth Solvang has a wide concert repertoire including a number of masses, oratorios and song cycles by Bach, Debussy, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Pergolesi, Schubert, and Vivaldi.
She has worked with conductors such as Hansjörg Albrecht, John Helmer Fiore, Lawrence Foster, Riccardo Frizza, Rolf Gupta, Michael Güttler, Leo Hussain, Alexander Joel, Philippe Jordan, Alessandro De Marchi, Gerhard Markson, Jun Märkl, Kent Nagano, Erwin Ortner, Roberto Paternostro, Kirill Petrenko, Vasily Petrenko, Francois Xavier Roth, Peter Szilvay, Anu Tali, Peter Valentovic and Simone Young.
The season 2013/14 included Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Theater an der Wien, Anita in the world-premiere of Sondre Lerche and Atle Halstensen's All about my family at Bergen National Opera, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer as well as Debussy's La damoiselle élue with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Schubert's Rosamunde with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, gala concerts with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Bach's St John Passion in Haugesund, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio as well as cantatas by Bach in Bergen and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Oslo.
The season 2014/15 included Bianca in Eine florentinische Tragödie and Fricka in Die Walküre (chamber version) at the Norwegian National Opera, a gala concert at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Theater an der Wien, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Münchener Bachorchester, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Stuttgarter Bachakademie, Bach’s St John Passion in Geneva and Lausanne, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Hamburg and Mozart's Mass in C minor in Bodoe.
Current and forthcoming engagements include Melanto and Fortuna in Il Ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria at the Norwegian National Opera, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer at Theater an der Wien, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Oslo, Handel's Messiah in Oslo, Halden and Sarpsborg, a gala concert with Bergen National Opera, Mozart's Requiem in Stavanger and a recital with songs by Schönberg in Stavanger.
Ann-Beth Solvang has recorded Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung (all for OEHMS Classics), Pergolesis L`Olimpiade (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), Songs by the Norwegian composer Eyvind Alnæs (1872-1932) (Toccata Classics), Telemann's Flavius Bertaridus (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) and Six Songs for the Unquiet Traveller (Ensemble 2e2m).