Maija Skille, Mezzo-soprano



Maija Skille made her international debut as BRADAMANTE/ALCINA in Santiago, Chile, in 2010. She sang 3rd LADY in Barry Kosky/Ensemble 1927’s award winning MAGIC FLUTE at Komische Oper in 2012/13 and MRS DOC in Bernstein’s A QUIET PLACE with Kent Nagano and Ensemble Modern in 2013 – a part she will do again in May 2017 with Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nagano (DECCA recording and concerts). At the Norwegian Opera and Ballet she has sung 3rd LADY, MÉRCÈDES/CARMEN and FLORA/LA TRAVIATA. Her repertoire includes roles such as THE SORCERESS/DIDO & AENEAS, MRS LOVETT/SWEENEY TODD, POLINESSO/ARIODANTE, ZITA/GIANNI SCHICCHI, FIDALMA/IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, JESSIE/MAHAGONNY SONGSPIEL.

Skille is a sought-after oratorio soloist and has sung REQUIEM (Verdi, Duruflé, Mozart), MESSIAH (Händel), CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, EASTER ORATORIO, MAGNIFICAT, MASS IN B MINOR (Bach), STABAT MATER (Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Scarlatti) and PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (Rossini).

In 2015/16 Skille translated LA BOHÈME to Norwegian – a translation which has already been used by two opera companies. Some of her composition for choirs has also been published. Skille is the producer of two minor opera companies and is the voice teacher at North University’s Acting ‘and Theatre Department (NOR).

Her credits also include roles such as Polinesso in ARIODANTE, Mrs Lovett in SWEENEY TODD, Jessie in MAHAGONNY SONGSPIEL, Celia in Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT (in Norwegian), Zita in GIANNI SCHICCHI, Fidalma in IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, Sorceress in DIDO AND AENEAS, Fru Inger Til Austraat in Sommero's OLAV ENGELBREKTSSON, Anette Kokkepike in Söderlinds I CANCELLIRAADENS DAGE, Riina in Rautavaara's THE HOUSE OF THE SUN and Amalia in Kuusisto's MIEHEN KYLKILUU.
Maija Skille will be back at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet as 3rd Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE during season 2018-2019.


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Opera Roles

Domenico Cimarosa

Il matrimonio segreto/ FIDALMA

Einojuhani Rautavaara

House of the Sun/RIINA

Georg Friedrich Händel


Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicchi/ZITA
SUOR ANGELICA/Maistra di Novizie

Gilbert Gilbert&Sullivan


Henning Sommerro

Olav Engelbrektsson/ FRU INGER TIL AUSTRÅT

Henry Purcell


Jacques Offenbach


Stephen Joshua Sondheim


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Gioacchino Rossini

Petite Messe Solenelle

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Stabat Mater

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Fri, 2011-12-09
Maija Skille in particular showed a will and ability to make variations in the repeated phrases and a light and well articulated chorus made the evening so enjoyable that one could endure the hard church benches. Thomas Michelsen
Well Casted Soloists
Sat, 2012-12-08
Maija Skille appeared a little introvert, but the voice's suppleness ensured that she filled all vocal registers very well. Christine Christiansen
Kristeligt Dagblad
Fri, 2011-12-09
Norwegian Maija Skille was with her clear alto voice a new and exciting acquaintance. Peter Dürfeld
Press Service