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 a visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Stene is artistic leader of Summeracademy Voksenåsen Voice.
Susanna Eken is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent vocal coaches. 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, Ingeborg Gillebo og Lise Davidsen.
The Norwegian tenor Magnus Staveland was born in Stavanger. Staveland studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen with Susanna Eken. Engagements have brought him to many of the biggest opera houses like Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Settimana Musicale Senese Siena, Teatro Real Madrid, Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Danish Opera and Norwegian National Opera. He is a much sought-after concert singer and regularly appears in concert venues and festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire includes a vast number of masses, oratorios, symphonies and song cycles. He regularly works with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Teodor Currentzis, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Christophe Rousset.
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.
Ivar Anton Waagaard is associate professor in piano accompaniment at the Norwegian Academy of Music with focus on vocal repertoire. He has been playing with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists in the country, on concerts, radio, TV-shows and CDs. Waagaard has been opera- and theater pianist and accompanist at the Queen Sonja competition.
Stefan Ibsen Zlatanos is educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music for Liv Glaser and Einar Henning Smebye, and at the «Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin» for Galina Iwansowa. He is currently working at NMH and released his first solo CD in 2015.
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.
Ståle Johan Ytterli is University Lecturer at Norwegian Academy of Music in the Conducting, Voice and Church Music Department. Ståle is singer and actor and originally from Northern Norway. He was educated in voice at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, and has also studied in Copenhagen and New York. A singer with a broad repertoire ranging from medieval music to contemporary musicals, he has been singing with Morten Gunnar Larsen and the Ophelia Orchestra for 20 years, and participated in all their US tours. In recent years he has been working mostly with theatre, musicals, early Broadway material, Argentinian tango, and Berlin cabaret songs. He has also participated in several performances of contemporary dance.