”A thrillingly well-sung Ottavia from Eira Sjaastad Huse, with extraordinary stage
presence and a burnished, penetratingly full [mezzo-]soprano”
– Bachtrack (2017)
”…The real stand-out for me was Eira Sjaastad Huse’s Ottavia, whose deep, powerful
voice brought clout to a character (…I usually find rather dull.) Sjaastad- Huse’s acting
also underlined the fact that Ottavia is not, as sometimes played, a purely wronged,
virtuous figure.” (…) ”that smoky, burnished-bronze voice. Wow.”
«La réussite provient avant tout de la troupe, très volontaire et animée, aux voix fines et
articulées – en particulier le mezzo Eira Huse en Lady Capulet (—)»
Eira Huse is a young Norwegian mezzo, educated at Barrat Due Institute of Music and The Opera Academy in Oslo.
Highlights in Eira’s 2018/2019 season included the role of Lady Capulet (Boris
Blacher’s Romeo and Juliet) with Opéra National de Lyon’s Opera Studio, her
debut at The Norwegian National Opera as Second Woman/Second Witch (Dido
and Aeneas), and performing Grieg’s “Haugtussa” at Oxford Lieder Festival and
at Oslo Grieg Festival.
In 2017 Eira sang Ottavia in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi at Hampstead Garden Opera (UK).
Eira will also appear as Bastian (Mozart’s Bastian und Bastienne) at Mozartfestivalen. In 2020 she will portray Dido (Dido and Aeneas) at Ramme Gård (NO).
She sings regularly in two lied duos with the pianists Olga Jørgensen and Emil
Festival appearances include Risør Kammermusikkfest (NO), Mozartfestivalen (NO), Piteå Festspelen (SE), Olavsfestdagene (NO), Théathre de la Croix-Rousse (FR) and Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest (NO).
In her master project, Eira performed W. A. Mozart’s written-out embellishments
and cadenzas in works by Mozart and J. Chr. Bach, as well as rarely performed
alternative aria versions from Mozart’s operas. It was all performed with a
classical period orchestra.
Eira is also an advocate of new vocal music as she is composing herself and has premiered works by other composers such as Kristin Norderval, Kristin Bolstad and Martin Ødegaard.