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Isabel Piganiol

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lyric dramatic soprano
The stunning instrument, transformative musical presence and theatrical talent of lyric-dramatic soprano Isabel Piganiol yield a magnetic command of the stage that compels audiences far and wide.

Isabel attended both the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen where she studied under professors Susanna Eken, Peter Berne, and others, including influences from music director of the Århus Symphony Giancarlo Andretta. She originally explored roles for mezzo-soprano such as Rosina, Cherubino, Octavian and Dorabella, before finding her true voice as a lyric-dramatic soprano. She now sings such roles as Tosca, the Marschallin, Contessa, Marguerite, and Norma.

NOTABLE ENGAGEMENTS
Isabel’s wide array of memorable performances include concerts with the Øresund Symphony Orchestra, including Gorécki’s 3rd Symphony and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad, Iraq; and on tour with Øresund Opera throughout Scandinavia.

She has sung Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Singapore, 2009) and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Operassion, Ludwigsburg (Germany 2010).

She relishes the creative possibilities of cooperative exploration, as with the Nordic Sopranos duo, singing contemporary music by Danish and foreign composers.
She first met with Berit Meland on professional ground during Gudruns 4th Song with Opera Nord in Copenhagen back in 1996.

Berit Meland Seagrief

Soprano

Lyric soprano Berit Meland Seagrief’s amazing instrument and sparkling presense touches the audience wherever she performs. She is an authentich natural Diva.

Berit attended both the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen where she studied with professor Susanna Eken, Kirsten Buhl Møller & Tonny Landy.

NOTABLE ENGAGEMENTS
Berit sang Hanna Glawari and Valencienne in “The Merry Widow” at the “Ny Teater” in Copenhagen. She has sung many main parts at the National Opera in Århus, such as Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro” and Princess Mi in “Smilets Land”.

Berit is known for her remarkable creative talent, which she uses to create new concerts and shows around Scandinavia. She has both co-produced and sung in different performances such as “Monster Opera” , “Take Off Opera” and “Farm Opera” in Norway. In her eagerness to get opera out to the people, she often includes cross-over music and a lot of humour into her shows to make this transmission optimal.

Berit has been on tour throughout Scandinavia, Europe and the USA with many companies and Symphony orchestras.

Madeleine Sjöstrand

Pianist

Pianist Madeleine Sjöstrand studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen with proffessor Tom Ernst, before moving to New York for private studies with proffessor Martin Canin at Juilliard School of Music. In the early 90’s she returned to Scandinavia where she has since collaborated with avant garde choreographer Lene Boels company Next Zone, Nordic Sopranos, Øresunds Operacompany, Aalborg Operafestival,world renowned voice teacher Ian Adam and his assistant Bente Zaber, Brecht specialist Sonja Kehler, a great number of singers in the classical as well as the popular music… A great source of inspiration for Madeleine is ao. humorist Gary Larsen, the works of Hitchkock composer Bernard Herman, writer/historian Dick Harrison as well as cookbooks.

She has performed music ranging from the baroque era to contemporary music, including her own compositions at venues like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival (the US), Forum Ranier ( Monaco ), Regard du Cygne (Paris), concert halls all over Scandinavia.

Once upon a time...

In Copenhagen

During their singing studies at the Opera Academy these two opposites met. The blonde Norwegian beauty Berit whose vocal wuthering heights evoked envy from the brunette Isabel, who at that time was still a confused mezzo soprano.

Somehow they kept on bumping into each other at professional spots around Scandinavia. Their similar passion for life and music (shoes, clothes and men;-) …made their friendship grew…

Then, in 2004 Berit got the brilliant idea of forming a girls band, except the band should consist of a pianist or a symphonic orchestra. Isabel liked the idea of having some more fun on stage while erupting the most exquisitly difficult arias and joined in, greatful for having changed into a soprano, but still a brunette.

Ever since they’ve been touring Scandinavia’s beautiful countrysides and bigger cities with their witty sense of humour on and off- stage, with one goal in mind; enrich and surprise people musically with Opera “down to earth” and Nordic intimate pearls mixed with crazy humour.