The Norwegian soprano Margrethe Fredheim is the First Prize Winner of the 2020 Lauritz Melchior International Singing competition in Aalborg. This is a competition dedicated to the life and work of Richard Wagner, so it was a well-fitted chance for Margrethe to debut shortly before entering the competition as Elsa in Lohengrin at Theater Erfurt, February 2020. Unfortunately Covid 19 put a sudden end to her appearances in the role. It also thwarted her long awaited debut at the Royal Opera House.
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 is looking forward to starting the new season 2021/2022 as a new solo ensemble member at Staatstheater Kassel. Her first premiere will be Marie in “Wozzeck”.
Following the Norwegian tradition of celebrating new singers with a debut concert, Margrethe gave hers in May 2014 at the Universitetets Aula in Oslo. Connecting with her heritage, she enjoyed being surrounded by original paintings by famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch while debuting. Followed by this important step were appearances 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.
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 Vocal Competition (Ningbo). 2015 was an important year for Margrethe because she became a laureate of the Jazeps Vitols Competition in Riga and took home the 2nd price. 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 2018 Margrethe won the Gold Medal in the inaugural Hong Kong International Singing Competition, chaired by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Margrethe participates as a Festival artist at Elverum Festspillene from 7. - 14. August 2021 in Norway
Alban Berg - Wozzeck
Margrethe sings the role of Marie in Wozzeck at Staatstheater Kassel. Premiere 24. september 2021
Carl Maria von Weber - Der Freischütz
Margrethe sings the role of Agathe in Der Freischütz at Staatstheater Kassel. Premiere 7. February 2021