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Described in International Record Review as "definitely a name to look out for" (January 2009), Norwegian lyric baritone Ørjan Hartveit graduated from Trinity College of Music, London, in 2005 with First Class Honours and subsequently appeared in master classes with Elly Ameling, Graham Johnson and Malcolm Martineau. Particularly sought after for his interpretations of the songs of Edvard Grieg and Halfdan Kjerulf, his recital work has taken him to venues such as Troldhaugen (Bergen), Jenisch Haus (Hamburg), Auer Hall (Bloomington, Indiana), Blackheath Halls (London), The Norwegian Seamen's Church (New York) and Sal Martinu (Prague) in collaboration with accompanists such as Eugene Asti, Geir Botnen, Daniela Candillari and Tarek al-Shubbak.

Ørjan Hartveit is also an active concert and oratorio singer. In 2007 he premiered Hampson Sisler's Music In The Soul with Ensemble du Monde under Marlon Daniel at the Merkin Hall (New York). Recent concert performances include Bach Magnificat and St John Passion; Berlioz L'enfance du Christ, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb; Charpentier Te Deum; Händel Messiah; Haydn Missa in tempore belli, Theresienmesse and The Creation; Mozart Coronation Mass; Schubert Mass in Ab Major, Stravinsky Mass and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs. Roles include Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) for St John's Opera Company (Maidenhead); Lakai and Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Ensemble du Monde (New York) and Raguel's Men (Jonathan Dove: Tobias and the Angel) for English Touring Opera.

Highlights in 2008/2009 include recitals in Lithuania with Ieva Struzaite as part of Vilnius European City of Culture 2009, and in Germany and Norway with Michalis Angelakis, as well as concerts in London with the Amici Chamber Choir, Morley College Choir, Helios Orchestra and the West Forest Sinfonia.

Ørjan Hartveit is a recipient of several awards, including the Cyril Cork Prize (2003) for 'outstanding performance' and the TCM Trust Silver Medal (2005). He is the soloist on the album Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining (Albion Records) with the Joyful Company of Singers conducted by Peter Broadbent.

Representation: worldwide

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Ralph Vaughan Williams The Mermaid

Ralph Vaughan Williams The Turtle Dove





“The baritone Ørjan Hartveit is definitely a name to look out for, once the RVW anniversary is done and dusted.” (Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining / Albion Records) ALBCD006
Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, February 2009

“Baritone Ørjan Hartveit and pianist Alistair Young contribute freshly in The Mermaid and The Turtle Dove”. (Ralph Vaughan Williams: Where Hope is Shining / Albion Records) ALBCD006
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

"Vaaren" along with other vocal numbers by Edvard Grieg were performed by the excellent young Norwegian baritone, Ørjan Hartveit, a highly professional artist with a warmly expressive voice. (Norwegian Constitution Day Concert, Sjømannskirken, New York)
Donald V. Mehus, Norwegian American Weekly, May 2007

“Throughout the evening the audience was treated to several outstanding solo items. Soprano Karin Thyselius and baritone Ørjan Hartveit delighted listeners. Both have wonderful voices and undoubtedly will enjoy successful careers.” (Mozart Gala Concert, Barkingside)
Ilford Recorder, April 2007

“Neben den beiden Sopranistinnen (..) brillierten in ihren Rollen gesanglich der Tenor Samuel Boden als Evangelist, der Bass Andrew Thompson als Christus, der Tenor Alex Pidgen (auch als Petrus) und der norwegische Bass Ørjan Hartveit nicht zuletzt als Pilatus.” (St John Passion, Würselen)
Wolfgang Sevenich, Aachener Zeitung, March 2007

“ excellent cast of singers (...) Hartveit brought sly whit to the role of the Major-domo.” (Ariadne auf Naxos, New York)
Raul Abdul, New York Amsterdam News, December 2006

“The best German, by a considerable margin, was that of Ørjan Hartveit, who doubled as the Lackey and a suitably snide Majordomo.” (Ariadne auf Naxos, New York)
David Shengold, Opera News Online, December 2006

“The ultimately tragic role of Dr Hasselbacher was sympathetically realised by Ørjan Hartveit (...) his remembrance of happier times in his youth an expressive highpoint of the evening.” (Our Man in Havana, London)
Richard Whitehouse,, July 2004




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