Bernt Ola Volungholen

”The already grateful role of Papageno was highly polished by Bernt Ola Volungholen with a lively performance and superior singing skills. Consequently it’s not surprising that he was involved every time the story opened up for moments of real life experience.”
(kulturteil, December 2016)

”With his powerful baritone, Bernt Ola Volungholen gives his babbling Papageno an indomitable sense of a child of nature taken from a picture book, and that makes him a real crowd pleaser.”
(Luzerner Zeitung, December 2016)

 

The Hedmark County Council has awarded Stellis Polaris Rising Star Artist Bernt Ola Volungholen their Cultural Award for 2016.

The purpose of the award is to encourage the development of cultural life in the county and to be an encouragement to innovation and extraordinary effort. The winner will have demonstrated a clear and strong connection to Hedmark.

The County’s press release states: ”The winner of this year’s cultural award satisfies the guidelines on all counts.”

The award is a ceramic mask designed by Astrid Grue and 100 000 NOK and will be presented during the Hedmark County Council Meeting in December.

Progressive Theater Luzern in putting together a whole new body of singers to help the young, sought after and brilliant new Intendant Benedict von Peter to create his artistic universe. Upcoming roles in Luzern 16/17 are Marullo (Rigoletto), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata), Marienvesper (Monteverdi).

 

Melis Jaatinen – mezzo-soprano

Spring 2017: Semi-staged Opera Concerts in Halden (11/3), Sarpsborg (12/3), Fredrikstad (16/3) and Askim (17/3): Extracts from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and opera highlights with Stellis Polaris’ artist Melis Jaatinen and talented colleagues together with Det Norske Blåseensemble. Conductor: Peter Szilvay. See you in Østfold! http://www.dnbe.no/konserter/operafest— 

Melis Jaatinen was a buzz and a finalist at The Wigmore Hall Singing Competition 2013 in London, 30 August to 3 September.mer

In spring 2014 Melis made her Norwegian opera debut in the Kverndokk opera ”Påske”,  touring in Norway. Production: AdOpera.

Summer 2014 Melis participated in Savonlinna Opera Festival as Mercedes in ”Carmen”.

Later in 2014, Melis sang Cherubino at The Finnish National Opera (29/8-26/9) and made her debut as Berta in ”Il barbiere di Siviglia” at the Norwegian National Opera, December until February 2015, 13 performances.

Melis held a sold out recital at The Norwegian Opera together with pianist Juho Alakärppä in January. Music by Sibelius, Mahler and more. In April (Good Friday) she had another recital at the main stage in the same opera house.

She recently received €12 000 from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for artistic work and development. Congratulations!

Melis is part of the Islandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s opera project ”_UR”, that had its premiere at The Trier Opera and later The ULTIMA festival in Oslo in September 2015 and at festivals in Switzerland, Iceland and Greenland after that.

 

Espen Langvik

Stellis Polaris is thrilled to announce that the renowned Norwegian baritone Espen Langvik has joined our management. Espen, who normally is found at the Norwegian Opera creating a diversity of celebrated roles since 2009, is more than welcome to the team!

Summer 2015 will be filled of summer opera activities: ”Thora på Rimol”, Opera concert at Ytterøy, Belcore in ”L’elisir d’amore” and the title role in ”Olav Engelbrektsson” at Stenviksholm Castle, Opera Trøndelag 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 August.

Adrian Angelico – Mezzo-soprano

May 2017: Reviews are coming in after Stellis Polaris’ artist Adrian Angelico’s tour to France (Rouen) and Italy (Trento) with ”Quartett”: In translation:

”Adrian Angelico delivers a large expressive palette, playing alternately the savage Marquise, (—) then during the role-play (—) the seductive Valmont and the not so innocent Volanges. His treble, close to the cry or calls of the Walkyries at Wagner, pierced the space and tinged with irony. When she turns into Vicomte, she uses her deep voice to become a sorcerer. She then plays Volanges falsely innocent and with the lust of the Marquise oozing out through all her pores.” (Damien Dutilleul, Olyrix)

”Adrian Angelico, a real mezzoprano with an extraordinary range including roundness and fullness, sketches Marquise de Merteuil with a relentless wildness. The phrase is sculpted, not a single word is lost or doesn’t find the right way. It should be said that Angelico, a woman born, has recently made a gender transition and this helps to bring life to the character in an even deeper way, making her duality palpable.” (Alessandro Cammarano, Anteprima Stampa)

Adrian Angelico made his debut at The Royal Opera Covent Garden in June 2014 in Luca Francesconi’s opera ”Quartett” based on Heiner Müller’s stage version of ”Les Liaisons dangereuses” and it was highly acclaimed. Angelico created Marquise de Merteuil as one out of two singers in the opera (the other is Valmont). An extreme role for a greatly gifted singer.