The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland has quickly established herself as one of Scandinavia’s foremost singers. She studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. The season 2001/02 she was engaged as soloist at the Staatsoper Hannover.
She regularly works with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Daniel Reuss, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Masaaki Suzuki, Federico Maria Sardelli, Robin Ticciati, Helmut Rilling, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Pierre Cao, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Joshua Rifkin, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jos van Immerseel, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Ari Rasilainen, Harry Christophers, Philip Picket, Bruno Weil, Michael Willens, Christophe Coin and Thomas Søndergård.
Marianne Beate Kielland is a much noted concert singer and she regularly appears in opera houses, festivals and concert halls throughout Europe. She has worked with orchestras such as Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Bach Collegium Japan, Europa Galante, Modo Antiquo, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Concerto Köln, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Hamburger Camerata, Das Neue Orchester, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, Holland Baroque Society, Lorraine National Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Anima Eterna and Concerto Copenhagen.
She has built an unusually vast concert repertoire that spans music from the early 17th Century works of Monteverdi, via Buxtehude, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Berlioz, Dvorak, Grieg, Elgar, Mahler, Schönberg, Webern, Berg, Weill, Berio, up to contemporary works of Cage, Stockhausen, Ratkje and Plagge.
The summer of 2008 included highlights such as Messaggiera and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, and concerts of Haydn’s Theresienmesse. She also had a huge success singing Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Été. Engagements in the autumn of 2008 included a recording of Hamor in Jephta with Fabio Biondi, Haydn’s Te Deum and Missa Cellensis in Dresden and Rotterdam with Jos van Immerseel, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Stavanger with Frans Brüggen as well as in Paris, Brussels and Brugge with Jos van Immerseel, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Essen with Christoph Spering, Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno with Rinaldo Alessandrini, Israelite man in Judas Maccabaeus in Tokyo with Masaaki Suzuki and Handel’s Messiah in Amsterdam with Daniel Reuss.