Biography

The Norwegian tenor Kjetil Støa comes from the small town Verdal in the middle of Norway. In 2007 Kjetil finished his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Musical Performance as a baritone at The Department of Music/NTNU in Trondheim with professor Kåre Bjørkøy. In 2009 he completed his second Master’s degree as a tenor at The University College of Opera in Stockholm with professor Sonny Peterson.

Kjetil made his debut as a tenor at the Steinvikholm Music Theater’s production Olav Engelbrektsson, where he starred in one of the leading roles as Nils Lykke.

In the season 2010/2011 he was engaged at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet as a soloist trainee.

So far, engagements have led him to work with several regional opera companies in Norway such as Ringsakeroperaen, Steinvikholm Music Theater and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Music Theater. He has also performed at different classical and opera festivals in Scandinavia such as Olavsfestdagene, Operafestuka in Kristiansund, Olsokdagene at Stiklestad and Music in Kullabygden, Sweden.

In February 2012 he will be seen in Concerts Norway’s touring production Absolutt Opera for the second time. In March he will be singing The Emperor Altoum in Puccini’s Turandot in Trondheim. In April-June he will sing Un Messaggero in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Norwgian National Opera.

Kjetil has worked with conductors such as John Helmer Fiore, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Frank Villàrd, Albero Hold-Garrido, Stefan Solyom, Paul Mägi, Nick Davies, Hannu Koivula, Ole Kristan Ruud, Terje Boje Hansen, Nicklas Willèn, Peter Szilvay, Per Kristian Skalstad, Andreas Lönnquist, Magnus Loddgård, Cathrine Vinnes Trevino and Kjell Seim.

Directors: Stefan Herheim, Stein Vinge, Raimundas Banionis, Piere Mechanick, Leah Hausmann, Ivar Tindberg, Hilde Andersen, Ronald Rørvik, Kristofer Steen, Heidi Bruun Nedergaard, Einar Bjørge, Bjørn Sæter, Arnulf Haga, Daniel Bohr and Eli Sørensen.

He has received numerous scholarships both in Norway and Sweden - most recently from Ruud-Wallenberg’s FoundationThe Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s National scholarship and Nord-Trøndelag County Council’s Young Artists’ scholarship.