Dramaturg, director, Mag. Art.
Mette Borg is an educated dramaturg and theater historian. Since this year, she has been a teacher at The National
School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen for 30 years and has inspired and guided some of the country’s greatest actors. She has also been teaching opera history and character analysis at the Opera Academy for many years. Furthermore, she actively works as a director and recently, she had great success with the production of a play about Clara and Robert Schumann, with script written by the Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen. When she is not teaching or directing, she works as an advisor for many singers and actors who seek her guidance in understanding a role and the material they are working on. Moreover, she holds lectures and writes articles for theater programs, journals, and books. She has published the book: “Herman Bang – Theatrical view and method”. Ever since the beginning of Nordic Song Festival in 2014, Mette has inspired many, both participants and audience with her enchanting lectures.
Gitta-Maria Sjöberg is a Danish/Swedish opera singer with the stages of the world as her workplace.
She is also a vocal coach and the creative director of Nordic Song Festival. The soprano Gitta-Maria Sjöberg was born and raised in Trollhättan and today she lives in Elsinore, Denmark after having worked 26 years as an opera soloist at The Royal Theater in Copenhagen. With her great vocal artistry, she has been an acclaimed guest soloist in many parts of the world, both in opera houses and in concert halls. She is even a sought-after vocal coach at various masterclasses at festivals and in music schools.
Mats Jansson has had and still has an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician,
accompanist, and orchestral musician around Sweden, Europe, as well as US and Japan. He also teaches piano, chamber music and rehearsal studies.
Olle Persson is a Swedish opera- and concert singer. He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm,
and aside from the diploma as a soloist singer, he also has a diploma as a music teacher- and vocal coach from this school. He is one of the most distinguished interpreters of the Romantic German lied repertoire and has performed many roles in operas at Folkoperan. Beyond traditional opera roles and a multitude of barytone parts in oratorios and passions, he has had larger parts in newly composed works. He is a frequent guest singer on both radio and television and appears on several recordings. Persson is pedagogically active and teaches masterclasses regularly around the North.
vocal coach & tonsättaRE
Kåre Bjørkøy holds a master degree in Nordic Language and Musicology, as well as studies in voice physiology and in science theory and methodology.
He studied singing and voice physiology in Sweden, England and in USA.
By now KB is professor emeritus at Music Departmenet, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. KB has been engaged as voice teacher and researcher at this institution from 1975, where he has been teaching several leading Norwegian opera- and concert singers in the last generation. In addition KB wa docent in classical singing at the Royal College of Music in Aarhus, Denmark for three years, and he has given numerous masterclasses for singers in Scandinavia. KB was engaged as teacher at Nordic Song festrival during the three first years in Strömsbruk and Hudiksvall, and he now returns to this year´s festival in Trollhättan.
During the last 20 years KB has dedicated much time to own voice research and to present recent international voice reseach. He has cooperated with several leading voice scientists and also presented own research at many international voice conferences.
KB made his debut as operasinger at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo in 1976, as Duca in “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi. This lead to a successful and sustained career in many leading roles from Italian and French operas in Scandinavia and in France. Equally important was KB´s career as a concert soloist in a broad repertory with leading Scandinavian and English symphony orchestras, and as soloist in numerous Classical Music festivals in Norway.
KB. has recorded Norwegian and Danish music with orchestras like London Symphony Orchestra, Royla Philh. Orchestra and Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 KB released his own recording of Nordic Lieder: “Singing Poems”. KB is still active as a solo singer in classic music.
Composer of the Year
Gisle Kverndokk (1967) studied composition at Norwegian Academy of Music and at The Juilliard School in New York.
Together with the librettist Øystein Wiik, he has written several musicals and operas which have been produced in Norway, Germany, Austria and US. Their musical “Martin L.” (2008) was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize. Together with the librettist, Ivar Tindberg,
Kverndokk has written several operas. Among these is the radio opera “Bokken Lasson – Sensible Progress”, which won Prix Italia 2000. Their musical “Ruth Maier” (2015) was played in New York and Washinton DC. The children’s opera “Purriot and the lost bronze horse”, libretto by Bjørn Rørvikpremiered at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in May 2018 and won the Critics Award for music the same year. Kverndokk has worked with all the great orchestras in Norway, and in 2000 he won composer of the year of Trondheim Orchestra. in 1992 he won the Juilliard Composers Competition, and in 1993 he won the first prize for composers under 30 years of age at Paris ROSTRUM. “Symphonic dances” written for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra was released by SSO Recordings in 2018 and was nominated for the Spellemann- and Grammy award. Gisle Kverndokk won “Author of the year” at the Norwegian Music Publishing Prize 2019 (Musikkforleggerprisen). We are very proud to present Gisle Kverndokk as this year’s composer at Nordic Song Festival 2020 and in 2021 in Trollhättan!