Hamida Kristoffersen is a lyric soprano from the remote island Bjarkøy in Northern Norway.
She had her opera debut as Mother Mouse in Arctic Opera- and Symphony Orchestra’s production of the modern opera “Mrs. Pepperpot as Princess Pompadur” in 2011. The year after, at age 24, she had her role debut as Mimi in the same company’s highly praised production of Puccini’s “La Boheme”, as well as Contessa in their short version of “Le Nozze di Figaro”, performed in Norwegian.
During the summer of 2014 Hamida participated in European Opera Centre’ and Liverpool Philharmonic’s production of “Cosí fan tutte” as Despina, and also took part of the Ravinia Festival’s program for singers in Chicago.
Hamida joined the International Opera Studio (IOS) at the Zürich Opera House in 2014, and during her two years there she sang roles such as:
- Stimme des Falken/Hüter der Schwelle in “Die Frau ohne Schatten” by Richard Strauss
- Tamiri in Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore”
- Laura in Verdi’s “Luisa Miller”
- Giannetta in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”
- Annina in Verdi’s “La Traviata”
- Mascha in Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame”
- “She” and several other roles in “King Arthur” by Henry Purcell
Hamida was also the official cover for Liù in “Turandot” and Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte” at the Zürich Opera House, and jumped in as Pamina with only one day’s notice, with great success. In 2016 she was offered a 3-year contract at the opera house.
In 2014 Hamida sang with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, both concerts held in Oslo Concert Hall, and in October 2015 she made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen”.
Hamida won the competition “Premio Verdi” in april 2013, a collaboration between the Italian institute of culture in Oslo and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. She was in the semifinals of the Belvedere singing competition in June 2013, and was also one of the five finalists in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in August the same year. The final was broadcasted on Norwegian National Television (NRK). At the QSIMC- competition Hamida was also granted the Ingrid Bjoner scholarship and the prize for best performance of Norwegian music.
Hamida took her Bachelor’s Degree at the university of Tromsø, with vocal professors Anne- Lise Sollied and Carlo Allemano, whilst at the same time taking lessons with Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo in Oslo. She has also been traveling to New York for singing lessons with Patricia McCaffrey since 2013.
In June 2014 Hamida finished here Master’s Degree at the university of Tromsø, with main focus in lieder- and opera repertoire from the late romantic period and in particular the music of Giacomo Puccini. She has participated in master classes with musicians such as Fabio Luisi, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Felicity Lott, Birgitte Fassbaender, Enza Ferrari, Larisa Gergieva, Warren Jones, Barbara Hendricks and Siri Torjesen.