Helene Wold & Vegard Lund

Biography Helene Wold & Vegard Lund

Vegard Lund
has studied with Erik Stenstadvold at the Norwegian Academy of Music and with Nigel North (early guitars and lute) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). His debut as soloist at St. John’s, Smith Square, received good reviews and led to engagements for BBC Radio and Television. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Nordic Baroque Quartet and Pro Musica Antiqua. He works on a regular basis with some of Scandinavia’s leading choirs and ensembles and has collaborated in recent years with the Swedish Radio Choir, the Adolf Fredrik Bach Choir, and the Norwegian Soloist Choir, in addition to engagements as soloist and continuo musician with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Barokkanerne, and the New Dutch Academy. Festival performances have included the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Nordland Music Festival Week, and the Stockholm Early Music Festival.As soloist and chamber musician he has participated in festivals and concert series in most European countries, as well as in South Africa and the U.S.A.Vegard Lund has been musical director for a number of musical theatre productions, including “Vår Frans av Assisi” by Det Åpne Teater, directed by Barthold Halle. In the summer of 2008 he was musical director for a production of “Alvedronningen” (Purcell’s “Fairy-Queen”) by Teater Havlyst at Ramme Gaard in Hvitsten. For a number of years he has, together with the Hertzberg Ensemble, which he leads, toured with a production of Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor,” directed by Yngvild Vatn Guttu. The ensemble performs many different types of pieces from chamber music format to larger choral and orchestral works such as “The Messiah.”Lund has contributed to a number of CD recordings as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, with recording companies such as Simax, 2L, Grappa, Kirkelig Kulturverksted, Quattro, and Lawo Classics

Helene Wold
studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in London. Since completing her studies she has performed as soloist with a number of opera houses in Europe, including the Norwegian National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England.

Operatic roles include: Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Lucy (The Telephone), and Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera). Besides performing as an opera singer, she often appears in oratorios and concerts of early and contemporary music.

In spring 2011 she will be both actor and singer (Helena) in “Alvedronningen,” a combined performance of “The Fairy-Queen” by Purcell and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at Ramme Gaard in Hvitsten. The classical song and Lieder repertoire is close to Helene’s heart.She performs regularly with Liv Glaser (fortepiano), Eugene Asti (piano), and Vegard Lund (early guitars). As early as 1992, Helene and Vegard Lund won the Portallion Chamber Music Prize in London. Recital-venues have included Troldhaugen and Den Gamle Logen in Norway, and Purcell Room, Queen Elisabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall in England. She has toured in Japan, South Africa, and Europe. Helene has sung with Norway’s leading symphony orchestras. She also tours regularly for Rikskonsertene in various productions.

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