ENGLISCH

Astrid Wilhelmsen was born near Oslo in Norway and started playing the piano at an age of seven. After studies of musicology in Norway and Iceland she went to Italy for studies of the italian language in Florence. Then she studied at the “Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna (University of Music and Dramatic Arts) at the class of Prof. Helene Carusso. Afther having made her first diploma, followed a 3 year stipendium from the Norwegian government that made it possible for her to keep on with her studies at the operaclass of Prof. Curt Malm and Wolfgang Gabriel at the University where she finaly made her Solodiploma and obtained her Masters degree in voice and opera. (Mag.Art.). She also studied Lied and Oratorio with Prof. Kurt Equiluz and studied privatly with Kammersängerin Elisabeth Schwarzenberg.



 

Astrid Wilhelmsen, concerto di capodanno

Astrid Wilhelmsen made her debut as an operasinger in Austria in the role as Zerlina in W. A. Mozart´s “Don Giovanni”. As an interpret of Mozart´s music she was a permanent member of the “Salzburger Hoftheater Ensemble” from 1992-1995, where she appeared among others in Münic, Salzburg, Mainz, Graz and Dortmund. Opera roles include Christine in Antonio Bibalos “Fräulein Julie”, Zerlina in W. A. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Pamina and the first Lady in “The Magic Flute”, Baronesse Eugenia in G. Paisiellos “La Molinara” and Marzelline in L. V. Beethovens “Fidelio”. Shortly she made her first role in french in F. Poulencs “Voix Humaine” where she was highly acclaimed by audience and critics.




 

Astrid Wilhelmsen has appeared as soloist in a number of concerts including the Vienna Hofburg, The Opera Graz, Konserthuset in Stavanger, Felsenreitschule in Salzburg and the Sala Giuseppe Verdi in Turin. For numerous occasions she has taken toured in countries like Norway, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia (Moscov), Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, India and Nepal.

She has sung with orchestras like the "Wiener Strauss-Company" collocated musicians from the world famous "Wiener Symphoniker", "Wiener Akademische Philharmonie", with Wolfgang Dörner cunducting, The "Falloni Chamber Orchestra" from the Hungarian Stateopera with Alex Joel conducting, the "Györ Symphonie Orchestra" with Tomas Konz and the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo in Palermo with Armando Krieger as conductor. 1997 her colaboration with the "Wiener Opernball Damenensemble" and Jacqueline Roscheck-Morard started. With this orchestra she has performed in Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Iceland, always creating a unique atmosphere filled with excitement and gaiety.

Astrid Wilhelmsen has visited nordic countries with her own concertproductions. Furthermore she has several times been a member of the regional-jury of the well known “Jugend Musiziert” in Germany. She was shown the paricular honour to sing the openingconsert on the openingnight of the new theatre in Catanzaro, Italy, 2003, as well as being the first operasinger ever visiting Nepal as she went to Kathmandu with "Vienna Classical Trio" 2008 on the invite of the UN.




 

"Vienna Operaball Ladies Ensemble" in Italia

Blessed with a beautiful voice, scenic talent and sparkling temperament, Astrid Wilhelmsen is predestinated for the austrian- and german- operetta, she has made hundreds of appearances with viennese-songs and operettas. She also participated in the renowned annual New Year´s Eve concert at the Town Hall of Vienna, and was one of the main winners of the international Operetta competition, IKND, in Austria, named after the famous autrian composer Nico Dostal. Besides her love for operetta, she is an accomplished recitalist as well as an avid performer of icelandic music. As a Lied-interpret she has given recitals throughout Europe, Russia, Canada and the far East and has appeared at well known Festivals like the "WIener Festrwochen", "Jeunesse-Festival", "SibeliusþNordic Festival", "Liberty Festival", "Festivale delle Ville Tuscolane", and the "Serate a Trinità dei Monti" in Rome. Astrid Wilhelmsen has appeared in several radio and television programs including WDR, RAI, NRK, and RUV.


 

"Vienna Classical Trio" soprano, chitarra e flauto