Eldrid Gorset is a Norwegian Soprano from Oppdal, a small village in the middle of the Norwegian mountains. She is a versatile artist, and her background in dance and theater is easily recognized in her character interpretations, which range from coquette soprano roles to tender art songs. She made her debut as Musetta (Puccini) in the summer of 2018 while touring along the southern region of Sweden (Skåne).
Eldrid is currently in her final year at the Opera Academy in Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) under the tutelage of Professor Solveig Kringlebotn. Prior to this, she studied classical singing at the Barratt Due Institute of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music (Bachelor) with Kirsten Taranger, Randi Stene, Bo Skovhus and coach Matti Hirvonen. Before embarking on a classical path, she studied musical theatre at the Performing Arts School in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 2019 Eldrid was invited to sing Menneskerøysta / La voix Humaine (Poulenc) with renowned pianist Christian Grøvlen at his concert program Ferd. In that same year she sang both Gretel and Taumännchen (Humperdinck) with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) in a production by The Opera Academy at the Norwegian Opera. In 2018 she collaborated with Nordic Harmony, developing a new concert concept, called Diva, which challenges the participation of musicians and the audience. As part of the young, emerging opera scene in Oslo, she has collaborated several times with the conductor / director duo Lars Harald Maagerø and Gundvald Ottesen, where she sang Susanna and Zerlina (Mozart). In 2017 she toured Trøndelag with the opera company KmOpra singing Vi (Gershwin). Since 2016, she can be seen as Pamina in several Norwegian cities in Ad Fontes’ children’s production, «Mozart med Tryllefløyten».
As a baroque singer, Eldrid loves to sing the works of Händel (eg. Messiah) and is a frequent interpreter of The Christmas Oratorio (Bach). Last year she was the soprano soloist at the final concert of the Mozart Festival in Fredrikstad, performing Nelson Mass (Haydn) and Missa Brevis in F (Mozart) with the Oslo String Quartet.
Eldrid has won several prizes and scholarships, such as the Ruud-Wallenberg Fond, the Sine Butenschøns Fond, Skipsreder Tom Wilhelmsens stiftelse, Sparebank 1 SMN «Tæl-stipend» and the Haldor Strand Foundation Scholarship. At the 2019 Opera Academy Friends Competition she won the Audience Prize and the 2nd prize.
Future highlights for the coming year include graduating from The Opera Academy’s master program (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) in the spring 2020 and singing Nannetta (Verdi) at the Norwegian Opera, with Stefan Herheim directing and Gregor Bühl conducting.