Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen sings Lescaut (Manon) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Iversen made his Royal Opera debut in May 2011 as Albert (Werther), in performances recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. He returned to The Royal Opera in the 2012/13 Season to sing Marcello (La bohème).
Born in Norway, 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. He made his UK debut in 2010 as Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne on Tour).
Since then, Iversen’s operatic appearances 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.