BIOGRAPHY

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Norwegian Mezzo-Soprano Ingvild Schultze-Florey studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) under the tutelage of Susan Roper and Peter Alexander Wilson. During her studies at the RNCM, Ingvild was supported by Bergen National Opera and Edvard Grieg Korene’s Unge Stemmer  (Young Voices) talent programme, and additional support from the James and Mary Glass scholarship. In 2017 Ingvild was awarded First Class for her Bachelor studies (BMus Hons) and was subsequently awarded a full scholarship (ABRSM) to continue her Masters studies. In 2019 she graduated Master of Music (MMus) with Distinction.

During her six years of study at the RNCM Ingvild was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including: The Alexander Young Prize for Mozart, Handel, and Schubert, Highly Commended in the Elsie Thurston Prize and was also a finalist in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss.

In 2019 Ingvild won the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s De Unges Konsert award for outstanding young soloists, comprising of a generous career development scholarship from the Kavli foundation and a solo appearance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Cathrine Winnes where she performed Mozart arias and Strauss lieder.

Immediately following her successful solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in De Unges Konsert, Ingvild was engaged as soloist in the season closing concert of Beethoven 9 conducted by Edward Gardner.

In 2018 Ingvild made her operatic debut singing Mercédès in Carmen for Bergen National Opera, conducted by Stephen Higgins and directed by John Ramster. In 2020 Ingvild was the understudy for the role of Annio in Bergen Nasjonale Opera’s production of La clemenza di Tito directed by Rodula Gaitanou and conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend.

Recent and future highlights include the world premiere of the chamber opera Nadja’s Song by Lucy Armstrong which was specially commissioned for Ms Schultze-Florey by Bergen National Opera for the Tête à Tête festival in London. This was soon followed by performances of Bach at the Autunnale Festival in Norway conducted by Paul Agnew, and regular appearances with Edvard Grieg Kor in Bergen, including a recording of Edvard Grieg’s ensemble music for CHANDOS. On the Operatic stage Ingvild has performed the titel role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Anenas, Heavenly Being in Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrims Progress, Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mrs. Hildebrand in Weill’s Street Scene and Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio at the RNCM, Hermia for British Youth Opera and Cherubino for Ensemble OrQuesta’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

On the concert platform Ingvild has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C in Scotland, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Messiah in Manchester, Brahms Neues Liebeslieder and Hayden’s Nelson Mass at Pershore Abbey. In Norway Ingvild has performed Hymn to St Cecilia’s Day conducted by Martin André, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Colleguim Musicum, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester conducted by Edward Gardner.

Future engagements include a return to Bergen Nasjonale Opera for their performances of The Magic Flute directed by Simon McBurney, and a performance at BBC Proms 2023 with London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner