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Kristin Norderval (Soprano)

Born: USA

The American soprano, Krisin Norderval, participated at Mozarteum Summer Academy in 1982. She studied at the University of Washington (Bachelor of Music in Composition and Voice, 1984), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Master of Music in Voice, 1987), and the Manhattan School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, 1993). She also participated at Blossom Summer Music Festival (studies with Marlena Malas) in 1986, and at Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program in 1991. She took part in master-classes and performance studies with Gérard Souzay, Renate Scotto, Anna Moffo, Eric Werba, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Gait Sirguey, Nico Castel, Christopher Hogwood, Jill Feldman, Max van Egmond, Nicholas McGegan, Albert Fuller, Laurette Goldberg, Marion Verbruggen, Mitzi Meyerson.

Kristin Norderval is a performer, composer and improviser who performs a repertoire that spans the renaissance to the avant-garde. Profiled by The New York Times in "Downtown Divas Expand their Horizons", and hailed as one of "new music's best" by the Village Voice, she has performed at festivals throughout the world, and her collaborations have included work with choreographers, sculptors, filmmakers and installation artists. She has performed as a soloist with the Oslo Sinfonietta, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Philip Glass Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in several dance-theater works: among them the Netherlands Dance Theater's production of Martha Clarke's An Uncertain Hour (Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, the Netherlands) and Dance Alloy's production of Pope Joan, a dance-opera by Anne LeBaron performed in Pittsburgh in October 2000.

Music for dance, theater and performance has figured prominently in Kristin Norderval's compositional work. She created the music for SUB, a short dance film by Kjersti Martinsen; Proud To Be Here a dance-theater piece by Katharina Vogel (commissioned by the Bucharest International Dance Festival) and for She Speaks: The Weird Sisters by Laura Shapiro. Multi-media works include Lydavtrykk, a photography and sound installation; Warum küssen die Menschen? - a work for two singers, signal processing and live video developed with Hanna HŠnni for the EAR WE ARE festival in Biel, Switzerland; and "TAXI!" an interactive performance developed with three video artists for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.

In 2002 Kristin Norderval received artist-in-residencies from the Harvestworks Digital Arts studio and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop a wireless midi-glove interface for her live computer processing system. This system was used in I Sing the Body Electric a collaborative work created for Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen (March 2004) and in Jill Sigman/ThinkdanceÕs Pulling the Wool an installation-performance commissioned by Dixon Place (June 2004).

In 2003-2004 Kristin Norderval was a Visiting Scholar at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in the department of Performance Studies, and in 2004-2005 she was the recipient of a Norwegian artist's stipend for the creation of new work. Most recently she was awarded a Henry Cowell grant for innovative music by the American Music Center. Norderval has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, Mode, Deep Listening, Eurydice, Aurora and Point records.

Kristin Norderval assumed the position of Artistic Director for the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway in 2006. She is a member of the electro-acoustic duo ZANANA and the acoustic free improvising quintet The New Circle Five.


Source: Kristin Norderval Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2006)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Mary Jane Newman


Selections from BWV 147, BWV 202, BWV 208, BWV 508

Links to other Sites

Meet Kristin Norderval (Official Website)

kristin norderval (Deep Listening)
Kristin Norderval (Aileen Wuornos)

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