The Danish contralto, Kirsten Dolberg, trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Århus, as an organist and choral conductor, and graduared in 1972. She studied singing with Bodil Magid and later with Hans Gertz of the Opera Academy in Stockholm. She has also studied with Anna Reynolds for several years.
Kirsten Dolberg has given innumerable lieder recitals and concerts, has appeared in opera productions, and has performed with important conductors like Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gary Bertini, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam and Donald Runnicles. Her performance in Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Jean Cox at the Tivoli Concert Hall was unique. In 1994 she performed Des Knaben Wunderhorn on several occasions at the Royal Danish Opera. She has appeared several times in Verdi's Requiem, and each time a unanimous press has acclaimed her performance.
In 1992 Kirsten Dolberg sang the contralto part in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) at the Tivoli Concert Hall with Peter Schreier conducting, and she was immediately invited to appear in his performance of the St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) the next season. She made her opea debut in the Danish National Opera's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen as Erda and the First Norn. She has appeared in the same roles in the Chatelet Opera's new production conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and has also guested at the opera in Oslo.
Kirsten Dolberg has recorded Mahlers Second and Eighth Symphonies with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leif Segerstam.