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Margrethe won the First Prize in The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition in Aalborg, October 2020. This competition focuses solely on Wagner Repertoire. 

Margrethe made her debut as Elsa in Lohengrin at Theater Erfurt in February 2020. Her performance made an impression and she was later invited to sing excerpts from Lohengrin at a Radio Gala at Theater Chemnitz in May 2020.

Unfortunately, Margrethe`s long anticipated Royal Opera House debut was cancelled, due to Covid-19. 

In February 2021 Margrethe will sing La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Erfurt. Later this season she will perform R. Strauss - Vier letzte lieder with the Erfurter Philharmonisches Orchester and Maestro Myron Michaeilidis.

 

Next season she will join the ensemble at Staatstheater Kassel.

 

 

 

The Norwegian soprano Margrethe Fredheim won the First Prize at the inaugural Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition 2018, chaired by Kiri Te Kanawa.

 

Margrethe has been a permanent member of the solo ensemble at Theater Erfurt since 2015. Roles here include Micaela (Carmen), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe), Marenka (Die Verkaufte Braut), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) and Sister Rose (Dead Man Walking). Her portrayal of Irmengard in Spontini`s «Agnes von Hohenstaufen» received outstanding reviews in both German and international press (Das OpernGlas, OpernWelt, FAZ, Opéra Magazine). In her native Norway, Margrethe has appeared as Mimi in La Boheme with Opera Nordfjord. She has also worked at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as a cover on Melly Sill`s production of Rusalka. 

 

Margrethe made her solo debut in Universitetets Aula, Oslo in May 2014. Following her debut she has appeared as a soloist with The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Oslo University Orchestra, Oslofjord Kammerharmoni, Pärnu City Orchestra, Latvian National Opera Orchestra, Ningbo Radio Orchestra and Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. She is a laureate of the Jazeps Vitols Compeition in Riga (2nd Prize 2015). The same year she was a finalist in the Klaudia Taev Competition and a semi-finalist in the International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2014 she won the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition and was a finalist at the DEBUT competition in Weikersheim and the 6th China International Voical Compeition (Ningbo). Concert work has brought her to Carnegie Hall, Cairo Opera House and the Kirsten Flagstad Festival. 

 

Opera credits include Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Landestheater Coburg and Theater Rudolstadt, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Tuscia Operafestival, Woglinde in Das Rheingold at Den Norske Opera og Ballett (LidalNorth), Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with the same company, Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto at Oscarsborgoperaen and Marguerite in Faust with Manhattan School of Musics Opera Studio.   

 

Margrethe holds a performing masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and The Norwegian Academy of Music, and a bachelor of Opera from Oslo National Academy of Arts. Master Class includes work with Thomas Hampson, Benton Hess, Karan Armstrong, Catherine Foster, Robert DeSimone and Judith Haddon. She is a Fulbright Alumni and holds stipends from RWE Dea Norge, Sine Butenschøns Fond and Tom Wilhelmsens stiftelse.

Repertoire

S. Barber 
Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge)
G. Bizet
Micaela (Carmen) 
B. Britten
Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw)
Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia)
 
F. Cavalli
Diana (La Calisto)
W. Gluck
Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice)
C. Gounod
Marguerite (Faust)
E. Humperdinck
Gertrud (Hänsel & Gretel)
F. Lehar
Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe)
W. A. Mozart
Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Pamina / Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte)
Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte)
Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)
O. Nicolai
Frau Fluth (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor)
G. Puccini
Mimi (La Boheme)
N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Zarin Militrissa (Zar Zaltan)
B. Smetana
Marie (Die Verkaufte Braut)
G. Spontini
Irmengard (Agnes von Hohenstaufen)
G. Verdi
Ines (Il Trovatore)
Contessa Ceprano (Rigoletto)
R. Wagner
Elsa (Lohengrin)
Woglinde (Das Rheingold)
R. Zandonai
Isabella (Giulietta e Romeo)