Siv Oda Hagerupsen was born in the county of Nordland in Northern Norway, began her studies at the Music Conservatory of Northern Norway, and graduated from the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo. Her vocal teachers have been a.o. prof. Svein Bjørkøy and prof. Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz. She has also worked with coaches/conductors such as Dante Mazzola from La Scala in Milan, and Sergio Oliva from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
She started her career with singing roles from the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, but in later years her voice has developed into a typical zwischenfach-voice, with a colour closer to the dramatic soprano. She now works with roles both from the high mezzo-soprano repertoire and from the darker soprano repertoire, such as Eboli from Verdi's Don Carlo, and Santuzza from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, to mention some.
Her recent engagements include Suzuki/Madama Butterfly at Opera på Skäret, Emilia/Otello with Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Musen /Niklaus / The mother in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann" at Opera Nordfjord, Madame Larina/Eugene Onegin in Kristiansund, Siegrune in an excerpt of Wagner's "Die Walküre" at an Opera Gala during the Kirsten Flagstad Festival in Hamar, Norway, with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the conductor Gregor Bühl, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Opera Nordfjord in April 2015, Madame Larina/Eugene Onegin in Bodø, Tromsø, Harstad and Trondheim, with the Arctic Opera and Trondheim Philharmonic and also Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" in Northern Norway.
In 2013 her assignments have been: the role as Suzuki/Madama Butterfly with the Opera in Kristiansund, directed by Tine
Topsøe, and conducted by Lars-Erik ter Jung, and she also had great
success as a soloist in a concert with arias and duets by Verdi and
Mascagni, also during the Opera Festival in Kristiansund.
Her engagements in 2013 included a.o. a Gala concert at Opéra de Montréal in December.
In 2012 her engagements have
included a CD-recording called Nyn with songs by the Norwegian composer
Øyvind Lunde with lyrics by Knut Hamsun, the role as Siebel/Faust with the Opera in Kristiansund, directed by Ronald Rørvik and
conducted by Kjell Seim, and the role as Tisbe/La Cenerentola with Den Nye Opera in Bergen, directed by Roland Breand, and
conducted by Kjell Seim.
In 2011 Siv Oda has sung The Messiah in Mo i Rana and Mosjøen. She also was
a singer at The National Theatre's performance of Jeanne D'Arc in Oslo,
and during Oslo Opera Festival she did the role as Hänsel in a modern
version of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, directed by Einar Bjørge.
In 2010 she sang Verdi's Requiem with Opera Nordfjord, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Ski New Church, the title role in Carmen both at
the Kirsten Flagstad-Festival in Hamar, directed by Einar Bjørge and
conducted by Michael Pavelich, and also in the concert version "Carmen
in Concert" in Mo i Rana, conducted by Reid Gilje. At Nordland Music
Festival in Bodø and later in Tromsø, she did the role as Mercédès/Carmen with the Northern-Norwegian Opera and Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Christian Lindberg. She also did the roles as
Nicklausse/The Muse/The Voice in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the
RingsakerOpera, directed by Ronald Rørvik and conducted by Kjell Seim,
and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Paulus Church in Oslo.
Further assignments include the role as Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte in a
concert version with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble in Halden and
Sarpsborg, Flora/La traviata at Chateau Neuf in Oslo, directed by
Einar Bjørge, and conducted by Cathrine Winnes Trevino, and Mercédès/Carmen with Opera Nordfjord, directed by John La Bouchardière, and
conducted by Michael Pavelich, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle in
Kongsvinger and Greverud churches, a concert in St. Petersburg, Diset
Kvæld, with newly written songs by the composer Øyvind Lunde, with
lyrics from selected poems by Hamsun, and Mendelssohn's Paulus in
She made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera as 3rd Lady/Die Zauberflöte. After the debut her engagements with the company include Marcellina, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Nicklausse/The Muse/The Voice in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Mercédès/Carmen. She is also one of the soloists at the Norwegian National Opera's CD-recording "Hjem til Jul" ("Home for Christmas"), which sold to Gold.
Siv Oda is also in much demand as an oratorio and concert singer, and has been engaged as a soloist with all the leading orchestras throughout Norway.