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 recognised in her character interpretations, which range from coquette soprano roles to tender art songs. She begins her 2021/2022 season as a Young Artist with the Royal Danish Opera and her house debut will be Musetta followed by Zerlina. Ms. Gorset is currently world premiering Flagstad – an Opera (spring 21), an Opera written by Ketil Bjørnstad about Kirsten Flagstad, the great Norwegian Soprano.
Eldrid graduated in spring 2020 from 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 as her main teacher. Before embarking on a classical path, she studied musical theatre at the Performing Arts School in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Recent performances include Nannetta in Falstaff directed by Stefan Herheim and conducted by Gregor Bühl at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and a solo recital at Troldhaugen (spring 2021).
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) at The Norwegian Opera. The production was directed by Jacopo Spirei, conducted by Gregor Bühl and produced by The Opera Academy. In the summer of 2018 she made her debut as Musetta (Puccini) while touring along the southern region of Sweden (Skåne) and and 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 Kulturrådet. At the 2019 Opera Academy Friends Competition she won the Audience Prize and the 2nd prize.
Future highlights for the coming season include Musetta and Zerlina both at The Royal Danish Opera and Messiah-debut as the soprano soloist.