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.
*Randi Stene will not teach during the Summer Academy 2020 due to her new position as Opera Director of the National Opera & Ballett starting 1st of August 2020. Randi’s replacement for the 2020 will be announced soon.
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.
Since his debut on the Norwegian Opera and Komische Oper Berlin in 2004 Johannes Weisser has been working in operahouses around Europe, such as the Staatsoper Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien and Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels. He is also a sought after concert vocalist and performs in many of the best concert houses and cooperates with many of the leading conductors in the world. His CD-recordings includes the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Licaone in Händel´s Giove in Argo among many others, not at least an acclaimed recording of Grieg´s songs.
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.