Carsten Stabell has been a soloist at The Norwegian National Opera since 2003.
Key roles at the Norwegian National Opera:
Orovis in Bellini’s Norma
Count Tomskij / Zlatogor in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades
Don Pasquale Donizzettis Don Pasquale
Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio
Basilio in Rossini’s Barber of Seville
Ferrando in Verdi’s Troubadour
Lodovico in Verdi’s Otello
Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth
Philip ll of Verdi’s Don Carlo
Timur in Puccini’s Turandot
Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème
The commander in Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute
Daland in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
Heinrich Vogler in Wagner’s Lohengrin
Fafner in Wagner’s Siegfried
Gurnermanz in Wagner’s Parsifal
Fasolt in Wagner Rhinguldet
Pogner in Wagner’s master singers
Hunding in Wagner’s Valkyrie
Water Spirit in Dvorak’s Rusalka
Truffaldin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos
Hermann, Country Count of Thüringen, in Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Sir Morosus in R. Strauss’ Die Schweigsahme Frau
In season 1984/85 was Carsten Stabell affiliated with the Norwegian Opera’s Choir and at the following season he had a soloist scholarship at the same company. From 1986 he worked at the opera in Stuttgart, where he was soloist in the ensemble for six years. There he sang roles such as Philip II and Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio, King Marke in Tristan and Isolde, Ramfis in Aida, Timur in Turandot, Farsolt in Rheingold, Hunding in Valkyrie, Land Count in Tannhäuser and Titurel in Parsifal.
He has visited the Bastille Opera and the Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Semperopera in Dresden, Frankfurt Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, La Monait in Brussels, the Opera in Amsterdam, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the opera houses of Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston, and in recent seasons he has been a frequent guest at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. He sang the role of the Minister in Fidelio at the opening of the opera house in Valencia under the direction of Zubin Mehta (see video). He made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera in 1984, as the king of Verdi’s Aida.
He has also been a soloist with many leading orchestras including the BBC orchestra under the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.) and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Stockholm Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France , New Year’s Concerts with Gewandthausorchester in Leipzig (Beethoven Symphony No. 9).
Education: The Norwegian Academy of Music and The Norwegian Academy of Opera.
Cooperation with conductors like:
Sir George Solti
Sir Simon Rattle
Awards and scholarships:
1st prize in Belvedere Songs Competition in Vienna 1985
Monrad Johansen Våluspå (CDN31004)
Irgens-Jensen Heimferd (PSC3119)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (CHAN9305 / 6)
Wagner: Das Rheingold (Fafner) (OA 0946 D)
Wagner: Siegfried (Fafner) (OA 0948 D)
Beethoven: Fidelio (Don Fernando) on Medici Arts
Carsten Stabell teach singing at the Norwegian Opera Academy in Oslo.