Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of the foremost singers of Scandinavia, and is one of the few Norwegian singers to have received a Grammy nomination. The versatile mezzo-soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hannover, and since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Mahler Symphony No 8 with the Danish National Symphony, Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Bach St John Passion with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Netherlands Bach Society, and the title role in Handel Ottone with Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In the United States she will sing Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer with Rune Bergmann for the Grand Rapids Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony, and will also travel to Canada to sing Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 with the Calgary Philharmonic.
Her recent symphonic and oratorio appearances include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the 18th Century Orchestra on tour to the Netherlands, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiah with Malmö Symphony, Bach St John Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic, and Haydn Seven Last Words with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Other highlights include Bach St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony, Gli Angeli Genève and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Couperin Leçons de ténèbres with The King’s Consort, Handel Messiah with Musica Vitae, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Arianna a Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Anima Eterna, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House, Mahler Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
She has also appeared with other major orchestras and ensembles including Wiener Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques, RIAS Kammerchor, Anima Eterna, Le Concert des Nations, Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan; and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Helmut Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati.
Kielland is also in great demand for Baroque operatic roles including Merope in Vivaldi Oracolo in Messenia (an extensive tour with Europa Galante), Messaggiera and Proserpina in Monteverdi Orfeo, Fernando in Attilio Ariosti La Fede nei tradimenti, Apollo in Handel Terpsichore, Ercole in Caldara Il piu bel nome, Monteverdi Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Aronne in Francesco Nicolò Fago Il Faraone Sommerso.
Kielland has made more than 40 CD recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schönberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Classical Vocal Solo category for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen. She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo have appeared in Norway, Germany Estonia, Russia and Finland.