Bio: Hege Gustava Tjønn is born in Norway. She studied at the Conservatory of Music (Vocal Pedagogy), Norwegian Academy of Music (Song) and the State Academy of Opera in Oslo, with teachers as Marit Isene, Ingrid Bjoner, Edith Mathis and Elly Amelig. Later she continued studying with the great singers and teachers Professor Barbara Bonney, Professor Kjellaug Tesaker and Professor Claudia Visca. Directly after her graduation she was engaged to sing the soprano roles in a theatre in Germany.
She lived in Germany (Stralsund, Berlin, Darmstadt) until 2004, singing opera, operetta, musical, recitals and church music. Then she married the austrian actor Walter Ludwig and moved to Austria. Hege Gustava Tjønn is working as a freelance singer in Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria), Asia, USA and Canada.
She worked with conductors Simeon Bychkov, Howard Arman, Ivor Bolton, Johannes Wildner, Leif Segerstam, Gerhard Markson, Fabrizio Ventura, Ekkehard Klemm, Hans E. Zimmer, Daniel Klajner, Samuel Bächli, Rudolf Piehlmayer, Andreas Stöhr, Francesco Corti, Georg Schmöhe, Stefan Blunier, Marc Piollet, Jun Märkl, Stefan Soltesz, Raoul Grüneis, Christian Badea, Daniel Björkman, Clemens Schuldt and Imre Kollar. Among the most important directors were Michael Hampe, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Martin Duncan, Andreas Baumann, Friedrich Meyer-Oertel, Peter Kertz, Robert Herzl, Urs Häberli, Rosamund Gilmore, Nicholas Broadhurst, Robert Lehmeier, Peter Lund, Franz Hilbrig, Doris Dörrie, Christof Loy, Ultz, Pet Halmen, Stephen Medcalf, Christoph Schlingensief and Orha Phelan.
In Austria, she sang Konstanze, Sandrina, Juliette, Queen of the night and other great solo roles at the Salzburger Landestheater. She was performing in Baden (all Ladies in „Hoffmanns Erzählungen“, Gräfin Mariza, Metella) and in Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, where Kammersängerin Brigitte Fassbaender frequently invited her to sing opera, operetta and modern opera. Modern Opera brought her to the Neue Oper Wien, where she sang Gasparina at the worldpremiere of Herwig Reiter's opera "Il Campiello" and to the Wiener Burgtheater, where she sang „Isoldes Liebestrank“ as part of a performance directed by Martin Wuttke.
Hege Gustava Tjønn has given concerts in the Musikverein (with Kammersänger Sebastian Reinthaller) and the Wiener Konzerthaus (Wiener Sängerknaben), and she frequently sings recitals (songs by norwegian, swedish, danish, finnish, english, german and french composers) and church concerts.
Her most important repertoire includes Juliette (Romeo & Juliette), Leïla (Pearl Fishers), Marguerite (Faust), Olympia/ Antonia/Giulietta (Hoffmann), Königin der Nacht (Zauberflöte), Giunia (Lucio Silla), Ilia and Elettra (Idomeneo), Konstanze (Entführung), Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Gräfin Mariza, Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Violetta Valery (La Traviata) and Lucrezia Borgia.
Hege Gustava Tjønn enjoys teaching very much. She held Masterclasses at the Europa-Schauspielschule Bruneck and at the Ho-Chi-Minh-Conservatory during a stay when she sang The Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" in Saigon Opera in Vietnam.
She was awarded First Price at the Layla Gencer International Singing Competition in Istanbul 1997, and was given the award for "The best norwegian Singer" in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo.
Last update: 2016-09-01 01:11:32 +02:00