Berit Norbakken Solset – Soprano

Stellis Polaris is proud to announce that the Norwegian renowned soprano Berit Norbakken Solset recently has joined the Stellis’ team. Berit has her base in Tromsø but works internationally in opera- and concert productions with early and contemporary music as her speciality.

Richard Klingspor, CEO: ”Berit is an artist with a unique voice and honest expression. She sings in the top range of the international scene in her field with loads of intelligence and integrity. Berit is a perfect match with Stellis Polaris’ visions.”

A Messiah Tour with Den Norske Blåseensemble awaits in December among many exciting productions ahead.

Welcome, Berit!

Christian Valle – Bass baritone

We are proud to announce a new member of the Stellis Polaris’ team: 25-year old Norwegian bass-baritone Christian Valle. A greatly talented singer that won the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship at The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo recently.

Christian has been studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London for several years. In September he will join the Guildhall School’s world renowned Opera Course. He studies under the continued guidance of Robert Dean. Upcoming operatic highlights include Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera. Welcome to the team!

Hege Gustava Tjønn – Soprano

dsc_0921After a great premiere of ”Lucrezia Borgia” 17 September 2016,lucrezia-borgia with Stellis Polaris’ Artist Hege Gustava Tjønn in the title role, the enthusiastic reviews are tumbling in. Expressen/ Kvällsposten writes:

”Don’t miss a beautiful and perfected performance”, and regarding Hege Gustava: ”The evening’s real star, the Norwegian soprano Hege Gustava Tjønn, looks like she has stepped out of Dolce & Gabbana’s showroom”.

Skånska Dagbladet: ”Hege Gustava Tjønn sang Lucrezia with a distinct and pleasant soprano with a thorough treatment of the coloraturas.”

Ystad Allehanda: ”The Norwegian soprano Hege Gustava Tjønn is absolutely brilliant in that breakneck title role.”

Erik Rosenius – bass

Stellis Polaris Management is extremely proud to welcome the young Swedish bass singer Erik Rosenius to the team. Genuine and indisputable talent can appear in many ways and Erik’s singing is definitely one of them. Despite his young age (25) his bass voice is already strong, rich and colourful.

One of Sweden’s largest music grants, Rosenborg-Gehrmans’ study scholarship (150,000 SEK), is awarded to Stellis Polaris’ artist, the bass singer Erik Rosenius.

The announcement takes place at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music on November 26th.

The scholarship jury of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music writes:

”This year’s recipients of the Rosenborg-Gehrmans’ study scholarship is an intelligent interpreter with exceptionally good voice materials. Erik Rosenius has a bass voice with a large palette of beautiful colours that he utilises in an artistically conscious way. He is spontaneous in his expression and always convincing in his interpretation.”

Erik Rosenius has been working at the International Opera Studio from Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, since autumn 2018. He is also part of Barbara Hannigan’s programme Equilibrium Young Artists.

Photo: Martin Hellström.

Sebastian Durán – baritone

Stellis Polaris Management is proud to announce that the young Swedish baritone Sebastian Durán recently joined the Stellis Polaris’ team. The talented singer has not yet left the opera studies at Operahögskolan in Stoc_MG_9060kholm, he leaves coming spring, but he is already an experienced stage artist and engaged in several upcoming productions outside the school, including Øresundsoperan and Malmö Opera. More information

Welcome to the Stellis’ team, Sebastian!

He sang a part at the world premiere of ”Hamlet in Absentia” at Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, Denmark. 17-20 August 2016. A Danish tour will follow in 2017.

In the autumn 2016 he sang the role Count Wachtmeister in Kjell Habbestad’s new opera about the negotiations that peacefully ended the Swedish-Norwegian union.

Kråkan (The Crow) awaits at Malmö Opera in Bernjamin Staern’s new opera ”The Snow Queen”. Premiere 17 December. Read more here

Frida Johansson – Soprano

Frida’s next big project is the main part (Gerda) in the new family opera ”Snödrottningen” (The Snow Queen) at Malmö Opera winter 2016/17. Read more here

Frida will sing Susanna in ”The Marriage of Figaro” in Åland, summer 2017. Premiere: 18 August 2017.

Sanna Gibbs

Stellis Polaris’ Rising Star Artist Sanna Gibbs will sing Frascita in Bizet’s ”Carmen” at the rewarded open-air theatre Dalhalla in Sweden this summer: 13, 19, 20 of August.

Later this year Jenny Smith in ”Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” (Brecht/ Weill) awaits at NorrlandsOperan. Premiere 6 October and runs until 29 October in Umeå, Sweden.

Stellis Polaris is incredibly proud to present Swedish, lyric coloratura soprano Sanna Gibbs as a new member of the Stellis’ team! Sanna choose Stellis Polaris as her first ever general management. This truly gifted singer, who finished her Opera Academy studies in Stockholm last year, is already booked by the Royal Opera in Stockholm for several roles in this season. This is some of the reviews in Swedish after her radiant debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Musetta in ”La Boheme”, premiere 21 November 2016 until April 2017:

”Sanna Gibbs gör Musetta/Tulla Larsen med enastående spelglädje och temperament, en arketypisk femme fatale som själv tar kontroll över sitt liv.” Bo Löfvendahl, SvD. bigOriginal

”Den dansanta sopranen Sanna Gibbs Tulla Larsen/Musetta stjäl nästan showen med sin plastiska briljans.” Gunilla Brodrej, Expressen.

”Vitalast är Sanna Gibbs (Larsen/Musetta), med bett i sopranen och en sprakande scennärvaro tänder hon andra aktens final.” Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet.

Photo: Frida Nilson. 

Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy

Stellis Polaris Management is thrilled to present tenor Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy as a new member of the Stellis Polaris team! Thorbjørn sang Romeo in ”Romeo et Juliette” at a four months tour with Riksteatern in Sweden, this spring.

Splendid reviews as Romeo on tour in Sweden, this time in Ludvika and Jussi Björling-country: ”Oh, what a Romeo” is the headline, and Jens Runnberg in DT continues:

”It is indeed rare to hear such a well sounding/euphonious tenor that Torbjørn Gulbrandsøy have access to. It has overtones, virility, height, youth and expansion that predicts an international career.”

Congratulations Thorbjørn!

Thorbjørn sing the demanding tenor part in Lili Boulanger’s ”Faust et Helene” with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 1st of December 2016.

For the season 16/17 Thorbjørn will sing Beppe in ”Pagliacci”, Remendado in ”Carmen”, Ramiro in ”Cenerentola” (cover), Jaquino in ”Fidelio”, Gastone in ”La Traviata” and Spoletta in ”Tosca” at the Norwegian National Opera.

Olle Holmgren

_MG_5563Olle will appear in Cecilie Ore’s new chamber opera ”Adam & Eve a Divine Comedy”, commissioned by Tora Augestad, to be seen this year at Bergen International Festival 28-29 May and Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 11-12 September.

Hamida Kristoffersen

Stellis Polaris Rising Star artist and Queen Sonja International Music Competition finalist and recipient of the Ingrid Bjoner IMG_9776 bScholarship (50.000 NOK) Hamida Kristoffersen, had her role debut as Mimi in Arctic Opera’s production of Puccinis La Boheme, spring 2012. Hamida Kristoffersen won the competition *Premio Verdi” in Oslo 2013, and has finished her masters degree spring 2014 in Tromsø with professor Anne-Lise Sollied.

Hamida is a member of the Opera Studio at the Zürich Opera from September 2014 – June 2016 and can look forward to roles at the Zurich Opera as Laura in ”Luisa Miller”, Tamiri in ”Il re pastore”, Gianetta in ”L’elisir d’amore” (Cast include incredible Diana Damrau, Pavol Beslik, Massimo Cavalletti and Lucio Gallo), Amina in ”Traviata”, Lady-in-waiting ”Macbeth” and Masha in ”The Queen of Spades”. The 23rd of December 2014, Hamida sang Pamina in Mozart’s ”The Magic Flute” instead of a indisposed Norwegian star soprano at the Zurich Opera. The performance was described as ”a triumph”.

In October 2014 Hamida made her debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In autumn 2015 she made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera in the role of Micaëla in “Carmen”.

In the season 16/17 Hamida is a member in the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich.