Norwegian soprano Margrethe Fredheim makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Fifth Maid (Elektra).
Fredheim studied at Manhattan School of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and also has a degree in opera from Oslo National Aademy of the Arts. She made her solo debut in University of Oslo Aula, in 2014. She is currently a member of Theater Erfurt, Germany, where her roles include Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Irmengard (Spontini’s Agnes von Hohenstaufen), Elsa (Lohengrin), Micaëla (Carmen), Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe) and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw). Other appearances include Mimì (La bohème) for Opera Nordfjord and Woglinde (Das Rheingold) and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Norwegian National Opera. In summer 2019 she covered First Nymph (Rusalka) for Glyndebourne Festival.
In concert Fredheim has sung with orchestras including Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Oslo University Orchestra, Oslofjord Kammerharmoni, Pärnu City Orchestra and Latvian National Opera Orchestra among others. Her awards include the Mozart Prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition (2014). In 2018 she won the inaugural Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition.