Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy

Samling Artist Programme: 2012

Norwegian tenor Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy began his professional career as a baritone appearing with the Norwegian National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Symphony Orchestra and at the Bergen Festival.

In 2008 Thorbjørn sang Pelléas in Independent Opera’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London after which he began his transition into the tenor repertoire.

In the 2011/12 season he sang his first Rodolfo in La Bohème as well as the tenor part in Haydn’s The Creation.  In 2012 Thorbjørn participated in Samling’s prestigious Samling Artist Programme and sang the role of Anatol in Barber’s Vanessa.

Recent highlights have included two Gala Opera concerts in Bergen conducted by Andrew Litton, the role of Juan in Massenet’s Don Quichotte for the Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Rodolfo/La Bohème for the Nationale Reisopera in Holland and on tour in the UK and Tenor 1 in Martin’s Le Vin Herbé at Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin.  He also sung the role of Jaquino/Fidelio for Bergen National Opera.

In 2012 Thorbjørn joined the Nationale Reisopera and as of the 2015/16 season he will become a member of the ensemble of Norwegian National Opera singing major roles in several productions a season. In his first season roles will include Tamino /Magic Flute, Pong/Turandot, Gastone/La Traviata and the small role o fThe Teacher/Lady Macbeth of Mtensk.