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Christina af Klinteberg Herresthal
Mezzo Soprano and Co-founder

Christina Sofia af Klinteberg Herresthal is a Norwegian-Swedish mezzo soprano based in Copenhagen and Oslo. While still a Master student at The Royal Danish Academy of Music (studying with Susanna Eken and Tuva Semmingsen), Herresthal has already gained experience as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as Orkester Nord, Nordic Baroque, Ensemble Esbjerg, Ensemble MidtVest and Asker Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Herresthal is active with her own chamber music ensemble Hehku, focusing on baroque and contemporary repertoire. 

Upcoming highlights include singing the Alto Solo in St. John’s Passion (Bach) in Nidarosdomen with Orkester Nord and Trondheim Vocal Ensemble led by Martin Wåhlberg (will be transmitted to Mezzo and QwestTV), as well as the role of Johanna in the world premiere of ”The Amputaters” by Rachel Peters/Royce Varcek at Oslo Chamber Music Festival and at The Arctic Chamber Music Festival in Svalbard with Arctic Sinfonietta. Another highlight will be singing the mezzo solo in the world premiere of Katinka Fogh Vindelev´s opera "Hologrammet" with Randers Kammerensemble

 

Herresthal is also looking forward to returning to the Rued Langgaard Festival, where she will sing ”Lenau- stemninger” with Nordic String Quartet. Additionally, Herresthal will sing ”2 Recitativer” (Per Nørgård) for the opening of Ultima Festivalen in Oslo, The Judith Cantata (Elisabeth Jaquet de la Guerre) in Esajas Church in Copenhagen, and the premiere of Aya Yoshida´s ”SUS” with Hehku at the Copenhagen Music House

 

Earlier this year, Herresthal reunited with Orkester Nord for an Italian program at Budsjord Barokk, sang Händel´s Lucrezia Cantata with Skt. Markus Baroque Ensemble in Århus, and performed Iphise´s first aria from ”Les Fêtes d´Hébé” by Rameau with Concerto Copenhagen and RDAM Baroque Orchestra led by Lars Ulrik Mortensen in the Conservatory Concert Hall. 

 

Herresthal also had an active spring with her ensemble Hehku, preparing the premiere of the Nørgård film ”Songs from a Changing Evening Land” at Vester Vov Vov Biograf in cooperation with Art Music DK and The Copenhagen Music House, as well as in Gothenburg Concert House (Stenhammarsalen), where Herresthal also sang a program ranging from baroque to contemporary together with HehkuTrio.

 

Previous experience includes Herresthal´s operatic debut as Ishara in Per Nørgård’s opera ”Gilgamesh”, with Ensemble Esbjerg and Ensemble MidtVest at the Rued Langgaard Festival, in September 2022.  On the early music scene, Herresthal has been a soloist with OrkesterNord led by Stéphane Fuget, The Royal Academy Baroque Band led by Peter Spissky,  and with Nordic Baroque consisting of musicians from from Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Drottningholm Barock Ensemble and Barokkanerne led by Petteri Pitko. 

 

With Nordic Baroque, she stepped in to sing Poppea opposite counter tenor Franko Klisovic in excerpts from ”L´Incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi for the Final Concert of the Aria Borealis Festival at the Main Stage of Stormen Concert Hall in Bodø, Norway in June 2022. The show was instructed by Victoria Bomann-Larsen.

During the 2022 Aria Borealis Festival, Herresthal also worked with instructor Stefan Herheim and harpsichordist Petteri Pitko on a staged version of "The Blessed Virgin´s Expostulation" by Purcell. 

 

Additionally, Herresthal has been a soloist with Asker Symphony Orchestra, Barratt Due Young Symphony Orchestra , The Staff Band of Norwegian Armed Forces, and a project orchestra consisting of MGK students alongside musicians from Concerto Copenhagen, and The Royal Academy Baroque Band.

EDUCATION

Herresthal is currently finishing her Master Degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, studying with Tuva Semmingsen and Susanna Eken. In Master Class, she has also worked with Emma Kirkby, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Anders Dahlin and Tuuli Lindeberg, 

 

As a member of the Norwegian National Opera’s Children’s Choir from age 7-17, Herresthal performed in numerous productions both as children choir in main stage productions, as well as solist parts in children operas on stage 2 in roles such as Kia (Knerten og Lillebror) and The Herold (Maxwell Davis: Cinderella). 

 

In the opera productions of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Herresthal performed the following parts: Nurse Renault (Vestergård:Titanic), Euridice/Euretti 2 (Landi: La Morte d’Orfeo), Ariadne (”Se den vandklare kilde” by Abrahamsen in FRAKTAL) and Maman/La Libellule/Une Pâtre(Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges).

 

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Herresthal is grateful to have received generous grants from the Fegersten Foundation, Helge Axsson Foundation, Wilhelmsen Foundation, Signe Butenschøn Foundation, Sveaas Foundation, Poul and Ellen Herz Foundation and Feldthusen Foundation. 

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