Two years ago, klassiskmusikk.no reported that the Norwegian soprano Margrethe Fredheim won the Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition. On Saturday evening she also triumphed in another competition, the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition in Aalborg, Denmark. She competed there against Philippa Cold from Denmark and Cameron Schutza and Charis Johanna Peden from the USA, winning the first prize of 150 000 Danish kroner and a concert with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.
The daily newspaper Aftenposten refers to the competition as the world’s largest opera competition for Wagner’s music.
International studies and active career
Fredheim is engaged at Theater Erfurt in Germany. She studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Academy of Opera at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She also holds a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She held her debut at the Oslo University Aula in 2014, and since then has had an active career throughout Europe.
We congratulate her, and hope we will be able to hear her in Norway soon!