Summer Academy Voice 2nd – 7th of August 2021


Randi Stene – artistic leader

Mezzo-soprano Randi Stene is one of Scandinavia’s leading opera and concert soloists, and appears on the most important European stages. Since 1989 she has been engaged at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. She has a large repertoire, covering both the classical mezzo roles and many new or rarely performed works. She is Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. From August 2020, Stene is the new Opera Director of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Stene is artistic leader of the Summer Academy Voksenåsen Voice.

Susanna Eken*

Susanna Eken is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent voice teacher. Since 1972 Eken has been teaching at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory as associate professor in voice and vocal techniques. She also teaches at the Opera Academy at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen. During the last 25 years Eken has taught several Scandinavian and international singers, among them Randi Stene, Mari Eriksmoen, Magnus Staveland, Johannes Weisser and Lise Davidsen.

*Susanna will also give master classes to participates of the Junior Talents Voice 2021.

Yngve Søberg*

”His vocal range is one that reminds us what a real Rigoletto should sound like. I am convinced that him having his own style, and presenting the evolution of the role through his vocal abilities, will make this interpretation one of the most impressive and complete (Rigoletto) performances on the world opera scene”. – Rigoletto 15.09.2018, Simone Tomei, Archivio giornale.

Yngve Søberg made his role debut as Rigoletto at the Opera di Firenze under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Zürich also under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Same season he did the role as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci in Graz. In the summer of 2019, he had the title role in Rigoletto at the Bregenzer Festspiele and the role as Amonasro in Aida at the OscarsborgOperaen. Yngve’s first role at the Norwegian National Opera was as the sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca in 2007. Yngves roles as a beloved principal artist of the Norwegian National Opera since 2010 represent a wide cross section of baritone repertoire including: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in I Pagliacci, as well as the the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro.

*Yngve will teach 3 days during the voice course of 2021.

Mari Eriksmoen

Almost immediately on completion of her vocal studies, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen found herself with a dream offer to sing Zerbinetta at Theater an der Wien, marking the start of a close relationship with this major theatre. Recent highlights include her debut as Mélisande at Opera Vlaanderen and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, her debut as Sophie for Den Norske Opera, her debut at Dutch National Opera as Pamina, and a return to Theater an der Wien as Agilea in Handel’s Teseo. She is a regular guest of Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester and Gothenburg Symphony.

Åshild Kyvik Bauge*

Åshild Kyvik Bauge was educated from Bergen Teaching Academy and as voice teacher from Norske Musikklæreres Landsforbund before she completed her bachelor and diploma of Voice in Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Since 1996, Åshild has been teaching in voice at the Rud High School outside Oslo. She was teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music for 15 years before she was appointed Associate Professor  at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in 2005 where she is still teaching.

*Åshild will be giving master classes to the participants of the Junior Talents voice 2021.

Lene Skomedal – Yoga for Musicians*

Lene Skomedal, Yoga Lene, is a professional hornplayer and yoga teacher that combines her two passions to create special yoga sessions to make life better for musicians. She has given personal sessions, workshops, classes and lectures for musicians in many professional orchestras, music academies, festivals and courses around the world, such as Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dublin Brass Week, International Horn Symposium, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Learn easy yoga tools to get the maximum out of your air capacity and recover faster! Get the tools you need to feel focused, free and strong in both body and mind, so you can enjoy your playing even more and just BREATHE MUSIC! A Yoga Lene session always got options for all levels, injuries and moods.

*Lene will be teaching 2 days during the wind and voice course.

Orsi Fajger

Hungarian pianist Orsi Fajger studied as a repetiteur at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She is now the Head of Music at The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, having been a member of the music staff since 2010. She has also worked for many other companies and festivals including the Hungarian State Opera (Budapest), Bergen National Opera, MüPa Palace of Arts (Budapest), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Valencia), Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto) and Budapest Spring Festival. Since 2014 she has held the position of Head of Music for the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival with Adam Fischer. Over a number of years, Orsi has developed teaching associations with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), Béla Bartók Conservatory (Budapest), The Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and The Royal Opera Academy (Copenhagen).

Carla Fernàndez Boix

The Catalan pianist Carla Fernàndez Boix is often invited at the Didsbury Coffee Concerts in Manchester and she regularly performs at the concert series Cultuur Tijdens Het Middaguur in Breda, The Netherlands. She has played in different venues and festivals around Europe, including Piano City Milano Festival, Auditori Barradas in Barcelona, Concerts d’été en Vieille- Ville in Geneva and Festreeval at Philarmonie Luxembourg. As chamber musician, she has performed at the Grieg in Bergen Festival with Dutch flutist Felix Niël and they have both been members of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze. Carla got her Masters in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos, and she finished her Bachelor of Music with Alan Weiss at Het Utrechts Conservatorium in The Netherlands. Carla is currently a piano teacher at Oslo International Piano Studio and is studying a Masters in Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music.