Siv Oda Hagerupsen, mezzo-soprano/zwischenfach, was born in the county of Nordland in Northern Norway, began her studies at the Music Conservatory of Northern Norway, and graduated from the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo. Her vocal teachers have been, among others; prof. Svein Bjørkøy, and prof. Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz. She has also worked with coaches/conductors such as Dante Mazzola from La Scala in Milan, and Sergio Oliva from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
She started her career with singing roles from the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, but in later years her voice has developed into a typical zwischenfach-voice, with a colour closer to the dramatic soprano. She now works with roles both from the high mezzo-soprano repertoire and from the darker soprano repertoire, such as Eboli from Verdi's Don Carlo, and Santuzza from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, to mention some.
During her studies she sang parts such as Cherubino and Marcellina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, the title role in XERXES, Mercédès in CARMEN, 3rd Lady in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Rinaldo in IL FILOSOFO DI CAMPAGNA, and Veronica in LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE.
In 1999 she was one of six finalists in the national part of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition, this concert was broadcasted by NRK, and she was also one of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra's selected "Young Talents" in a concert with them in 2000.
She made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera as 3rd Lady in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. After the debut her engagements with the company include Marcellina, and Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Nicklausse/The Muse/The Voice in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN, and Mercédès in CARMEN. She is also one of the soloists at the Norwegian National Opera's CD-recording "Hjem til Jul" ("Home for Christmas"), which sold to Gold.
Other opera assignments include Carmela in a concert version of LA VIDA BREVE with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with the Spanish National Opera, Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Opera Nordfjord, Søster Svart (Sister Black) in the world premiere of the Norwegian composer Bjørn Kruse's opera DEN GRØNE RIDDAREN (THE GREEN KNIGHT) with Opera South (Norway), Manja in GRÄFIN MARIZA with the Opera in Kristiansund, Marthe Schwerdtlein in FAUST with the Ringsaker Opera, Giovanna, and Contessa di Ceprano in RIGOLETTO, and Maria Magdalena in a staged version of Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION at the Nordland Music Festival.
She has worked with conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Patrick Fournillier, Gregor Bühl, Roland Böer, Alberto Zedda, Henrik Vagn Christensen, Eivind Aadland, Arild Remmereit, Arvid Engegård, Per Kristian Skalstad, Kjell Seim, Lars-Erik ter Jung and Terje Boye Hansen, and stage directors such as Stefan Herheim, Stein Winge, Bentein Baardson, Jay Lesenger, Marco Spada, John La Bouchardière, Daniel Bohr, Hilde Andersen, Ronald Rørvik, Tine Topsøe and Roland Breand.
Siv Oda is also in much demand as an oratorio and concert singer, and has been engaged as a soloist with all the leading orchestras throughout Norway. Her concert repertoire include Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, MASS IN B MINOR, ST. MATTHEW PASSION, ST. JOHN PASSION, MAGNIFICAT and several CANTATAS. Händel's MESSIAH. Mozart's REQUIEM and MASS IN C MINOR. Verdi's REQUIEM. Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE. Pergolesi's STABAT MATER. Charpentiér's TE DEUM. Vivaldi's GLORIA IN D MAJOR. Schubert's MAGNIFICAT and MASS IN A FLAT MAJOR. Mendelssohn's DREI GEISTLICHE LIEDER. Several CANTATAS by Telemann, Ludvig Nielsen's TE DEUM, and the young Norwegian composer Dagfinn Rosnes' DE MARIA VIRGINE, which is written especially for Siv Oda and a soprano soloist, a string quintet and organ.
On the musical stage Siv Oda has sung the parts of Florence in CHESS for the Opera in Kristiansund, Sister Berthe in THE SOUND OF MUSIC directed by Trond Lie at Edderkoppen Theatre in Oslo, and one of Higgins' servants in the Norwegian National Opera's production of MY FAIR LADY.
In the two seasons 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 her engagements have been, among others, Mercédès in CARMEN at the Norwegian National Opera, Filipjevna in EUGENE ONEGIN with Opera Nordfjord, La Suora Zelatrice and La Badessa in SUOR ANGELICA with Vest Norges Opera in Bergen. In April 2008 she did the role as Sesto in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO in Stavanger, which gave her brilliant critics from the press.
Further assignments include the role as Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE in a concert version with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble in Halden and Sarpsborg, Flora in LA TRAVIATA at Chateau Neuf in Oslo, directed by Einar Bjørge, and conducted by Cathrine Winnes Trevino, and Mercédès in CARMEN with Opera Nordfjord, directed by John La Bouchardière, and conducted by Michael Pavelich. Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE in Kongsvinger and Greverud churches, a concert in St. Petersburg, DISET KVÆLD, with newly written songs by the composer Øyvind Lunde, with lyrics from selected poems by Hamsun, and Mendelssohn's PAULUS in Mosjøen.
In 2010 she sang Verdi's REQUIEM with Opera Nordfjord, Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE in Ski New Church, the title role in CARMEN both at the Kirsten Flagstad-Festival in Hamar, directed by Einar Bjørge and conducted by Michael Pavelich, and also in the concert version "Carmen in Concert" in Mo i Rana, conducted by Reid Gilje. At Nordland Music Festival in Bodø and later in Tromsø, she did the role as Mercédès in CARMEN with the Northern-Norwegian Opera and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Lindberg. She also did the roles as Nicklausse/The Muse/The Voice in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN at the RingsakerOpera, directed by Ronald Rørvik and conducted by Kjell Seim, and Pergolesi's STABAT MATER in Paulus Church in Oslo.
In 2011 Siv Oda have sung THE MESSIAH in Mo i Rana and Mosjøen, and the concert DISET KVÆLD at Nordland Theatre's "Winterlight-festival" in Mo i Rana. She did the role as Oline in the world premiére of the opera TESKJEKJERRINGA SOM PRINSESSE POMPADOUR (MRS. PEPPERPOT AS PRINCESS POMPADOUR) by Per Arne Glorvigen/Lage Robak in Narvik, Bodø and Tromsø, directed by Stein Winge and conducted by Terje Boye Hansen. She also was a singer at The National Theatre's performance of JEANNE D'ARC in Oslo, and during Oslo Opera Festival she did the role as Hänsel in a modern version of Humperdinck's HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, directed by Einar Bjørge. In November she and the tenor Thomas Ruud had an opera concert in Mo i Rana.
In 2012 her engagements have included; a CD-recording called NYN with songs by the Norwegian composer Øyvind Lunde with lyrics by Knut Hamsun, the role as Siebel in Gounod's FAUST with the Opera in Kristiansund, directed by Ronald Rørvik, and conducted by Kjell Seim, and the role as Tisbe in Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA with Den Nye Opera in Bergen, directed by Roland Breand, and conducted by Kjell Seim. In October she was a soloist in various concerts at Oslo Opera Festival.
In 2013 her assignments have been; the role as Suzuki in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY with the Opera in Kristiansund, directed by Tine Topsøe, and conducted by Lars-Erik ter Jung, and she also had great success as a soloist in a concert with arias and duets by Verdi and Mascagni, also during the Opera Festival in Kristiansund. She also was a soloist at the Closing Concert of Oslo Opera Festival, with repertoire by Wagner and Verdi, conducted by Jan Ola Amundsen. In December she was a soloist at a Gala Concert at the Montréal Opera House in Canada, conducted by Victor DeRenzi.
In the season of 2014/2015 the engagements have among others included Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" in Mo i Rana and Mosjøen in December 2014, the role as Madame Larina in EUGENE ONEGIN with the Arctic Opera, and with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Olari Elts in February/March 2015, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Opera Nordfjord in April 2015, and Filibom in the children's opera ASKELADDEN OG DE GODE OPERAHJELPERNE.
In 2016 Siv Oda did the role as Madame Larina in EUGENE ONEGIN with the Opera in Kristiansund, the show "World of Music", Filibom in ASKELADDEN OG DE GODE OPERAHJELPERNE, and her own concert FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS TO THE FAIRYLAND IN THE NORTH - SOUNDS FROM A MAGICAL WORLD. In October Siv Oda sang the roles as Nicklausse/The Muse/The Voice in Offenbach's LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Opera Nordfjord, directed by Ronald Rørvik, and conducted by Michael Pavelich.
In 2017 the engagements have so far included the role as Emilia in OTELLO with Trondheim Opera and Symphony Orchestra, directed by David Alden, and conducted by Massimo Zanetti, and the role as Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Opera på Skäret in Sweden, directed by Leslie Swackhamer, and conducted by Marcello Mottadelli.
In July and August 2018 Siv Oda returned to Opera på Skäret in Sweden, where she made a great success in her debut as Eboli in Verdi's DON CARLO, directed by William Relton, and conducted by Michael Balke.