Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Albert (Werther), in performances recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since returned to The Royal Opera to sing Marcello (La bohème) and Lescaut (Manon).
Iversen started singing at the age of 22. He began his career in musical theatre, and went on to study classical singing in Oslo, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig and at the Royal Danish Opera Academy, Copenhagen. In 2007 he was a finalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. He was a Principal Artist for the Royal Danish Opera 2008–9 and in 2010 made his UK debut as Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne on Tour.
Iversen’s engagements since have included Eugene Onegin at English National Opera and for Copenhagen and the Bolshoi, the Protector (Written on Skin) for Florence and Vienna Festwochen, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in San Francisco, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) in Copenhagen and for Rome Opera. Iversen is an ardent football fan and supports Tottenham Hotspur.
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