“The bottomless maternal love mixed with all the bad things she hardly dares to think of – bitterness, regret, perhaps even hatred – is fabulously performed by Hege Høisæter.”
(Aftenposten, Ballerina 2017)
Born in Bergen, Norway, Hege Høisæter studied at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at The Norwegian Opera Academy in Oslo.
She has been a soloist at The Norwegian National Opera 2002-2017 and has already several guest appearances planned at the same house after 2017.
Important roles at The Norwegian National Opera: Sextus (La Clemenza, Mozart), Carmen, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare, Händel), Auntie (Peter Grimes, Britten), Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu, Berg), Ottavia (Poppea, Monteverdi), Kabanicha (Katya Kabanovà, Janàcek), Jocaste (Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky) and Mescalina (Grand Macabre, Ligeti), with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alessandro De Marchi and John Fiore.
She has had leading roles and had written music for her by distinguished Norwegian composers such as Gisle Kverndokk, Glenn-Erik Haugland, Ole-Henrik Moe and Rolf Wallin, both on and off the opera stage.
Hege sang Suzuki in Madama Bytterfly at The Oscarsborg Opera in 2016. In September 2017, she sang the leading role Edith in Synne Skouen’s «Ballerina» in its world premiere at the Norwegian National Opera.
She will make her Swedish debut and role debut as Erda in Gothenburg at GöteborgsOperan in 2018.
Aside from opera productions, she offers one-woman shows like «Royal Divas DOOMED» — performed to great acclaim in London in February – and «Hello!»; an adaptation of Cocteau/Poulenc’s La voix humaine.
Hege Høisæter is also a devoted chamber musician with appearances domestic and abroad.
Hege will record a CD with Norwegian contemporary songs in 2017.
In the UK Hege Høisæter is represented by Ellison & Strømsholm International Artists’ Management.