Erlend Tvinnereim was born in Bergen, Norway in 1981. He studied at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and at Zürich Hochschule der Künste with Professor Scot Weir.
He has also taken lessons and participated in Master-classes with several renowned singers including Ileana Cotrubaş, Peter Schreier, Håkan Hagegård, Werner Güra, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Jill Feldmann, Susanna Eken, Anne Lise Berntsen and Lied specialists like Hartmut Höll and Daniel Fueter.
During the season 2008/09 he was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Opera in Basel, Switzerland, where he appeared in several productions.
Erlend Tvinnereim is a much sought after concert soloist in a wide range of repertoire, including Bach's St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and St Mark Passions, Handel's Messiah, Belshazzar, Theodora and Dixit Dominus, Haydn's Die Schöpfung and the Requiems by Mozart and J.M. Haydn, to name but a few.
He made his operatic debut as Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in a production by the Schweizer Opernstudio in Biel/Solothurn, Switzerland, and he sang Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at the Festival der Künste in Zürich. Further engagements have included 3. Knappe in Parsifal at Grand Opéra Genèva, Der Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, 1. Gralsritter/3. Knappe in Parsifal, Parpignol in La Bohème, Wache in From the House of the Dead and L'aumônier in Dialogues des Carmelites at Theater Basel, Elf/Liebender/Trauzeuge in The Fairy Queen at Theater St Gallen, Natanaël in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Gastone in La traviata as well as Worker/Customer/Crow in Veslefrikk with Bergen National Opera.
Erlend Tvinnereim has worked with conductors such as Leonardo García Alarcón, Maurizio Barbacini, Andrea Battistoni, Gérard Daguerre, Gabriel Feltz, Gabriele Ferro, John Fiore, Patrick Furrer, Robert Howarth, Friedemann Layer, Andrew Litton, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Cornelius Meister, Denis Segond, Steven Sloane, Marc Soustrot, Peter Szilvay, Mario Venzago, Julian Wachner and Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer.
Engagements in the season 2015/16 included Oronte in Alcina, Rudolf in Guillaume Tell, Snout in A Midsummer nights' dream and Ajax II in La Belle Helene at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rudolf in Guillaume Tell at the Staatsoper Hamburg, 1. Gefangener in Beethoven's Fidelio at Bergen National Opera, Man 1 in Lera Auerbach’s The Blind in Trondheim, Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri in Bodoe with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Basel and St. Gallen, Haydn's Die Schöpfung in Aalesund as well as in Ho Chi Minh City, the title role in Handel's Belshazzar in Tonhalle Zürich, Handel’s Messiah in Tonhalle Zürich as well as in Oslo and in Hamar, Janácek's Vater unser in Zürich, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht in St. Gallen, Mozart’s Mass in C minor in Bodø, Handel's Solomon as well as Bach’s St John Passion with Orchester Capriccio Basel, Mozart's Requiem with Bach Collegium Bern, and Handel's Utrecht Te Deum with Camerata Luzern.
Rimsky-Korsakov - Mozart and Salieri / Mozart
Øyvind Bjorå, conductor / Arctic Philharmonic
Handel - Messiah
Andrea Marcon, conductor
Britten - Saint Nicolas Mass
Christoph Bachmann, conductor
Bach - Mass in B minor
Carl Høgset, conductor
Handel - Messiah
Oddgeir Kjetilstad, conductor
Berg - Wozzeck / Second Apprentice
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Stefan Blunier, conductor