“His vocal range is one that reminds us what a real Rigoletto should sound like. I am convinced that him having his own style, and presenting the evolution of the role through his vocal abilities, will make this interpretation one of the most impressive and complete (Rigoletto) performances on the world opera scene” – Rigoletto 15.09.2018, Simone Tomei, Archivio giornale
Yngve Søberg made his role debut as Rigoletto at the Opera di Firenze under the baton of Fabio Luisi and continued to sing the iconic role at the Norwegian National Opera, the Staatstheater Hannover and at the Bregenzer Festspiele. In Bregenz, Yngve took over the role on very short notice to great critical acclaim. He is scheduled to sing the same role at Staatsoper Hamburg this season.
Other previous engagements have included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Heerrufer in Lohengrin at the Opernhaus Zürich, and Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci at the Oper Graz. Yngve also sang Angelotti in Tosca at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Amonasro in Aida, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Marcello in La Bohème all with the Oscarsborg Opera and Germont in La Traviata with Nordnorsk Opera. He recently performed, once again, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, at the Bregenzer Festspiele.Read more
Yngve’s roles as a beloved principal artist of the Norwegian National Opera represent a wide cross section of baritone repertoire, including: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo in Carmen, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in I Pagliacci, as well as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro. Last season he added to this repertoire by performing Orest in Elektra and Amfortas in a concert version of Parsifal, as well as Scarpia in Tosca.This season he will sing Don Carlo in concert version of La forza del Destino alongside Lise Davidsen.
Much in demand also on the concert stage, Yngve has performed Fauré’s Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Carmina Burana with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has also recently performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, in Trondheim, with an international star cast and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, with Bergen Philharmonic orchestra, as well as Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder in Prague.
Yngve has performed with many of the leading orchestras in the Scandinavian area. He has collaborated with some of today’s finest conductors including Ingar Bergby, Oleg Caetani, Jonathan Darlington, John Helmer Fiore, Patrick Fournillier, Roy Goodman, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Pietari Inkinen, Kirill Karabits, Stefan Klingele, Pier Gerhard Markson, Giorgio Morandi, Jun Märkl, Rudolph Piehlmayer, Patrik Ringborg, Marc Soustrot, Ward Stare, Peter Szilvay, Muhai Tang and Keri- Lynn Wilson.
Yngve has been decorated with both the Ruud Wallenberg Award and the Tom Wilhelmsen Award.
“The highlight of the show is definitely baritone Yngve Søberg as Rigoletto. He was the only one on the stage who could fill the room with his powerful sound in all registers, and because of this his interaction with the orchestra was never forced, and musically he could really go into the nuances that the role requires.”
“It was Yngve Søberg’s night with a capital N! A voice that- role after role- grows more gently but still with more authority and power as he grows into the larger opera repertoire. Born to be Rigoletto- it takes a big heart and a voice that expresses all sides of life to shape and form this complex character that is reckoned to be one of the most multifaceted figures in the opera literature.”
“Yngve Søberg’s voice is beautiful, expressive and carries well”
“Already in 2012 proclaimed as “an exceptional vocal talent”, when he appeared in Florence in the role of the Verdian buffoon under the direction of Fabio Luisi, Søberg did nothing but confirm these words. He is in possession of a surprisingly beautiful voice, soft, mellow; it boasts a splendid and caressing singing line and an impeccable accent. He sang the most difficult part with great musicality and extreme enthusiasm, demonstrating a perfect understanding of Verdian style. His singing always impressed as he performed, proving to be Verdi’s baritone par excellence.”
“Già nel 2012 proclamato come “un talento vocale eccezionale”, apparso a Firenze nel ruolo del buffone verdiano sotto la direzione di Fabio Luisi, Søberg non ha fatto altro che confermare queste parole. E’ in possesso di una voce sorprendentemente bella, morbida, pastosa, un po’ chiara; vanta una linea di canto splendida e carezzevole e un accento impeccabile. Ha cantato la difficilissima parte con una grande musicalità e uno slancio estremo, dimostrando una perfetta comprensione dello stile verdiano. Il suo canto andava sempre migliorandosi nel corso della recita, dimostrandosi baritono verdiano per eccellenza.”
“The one who impresses us most on stage, is Yngve Søberg as Enrico. Not only does he claim authority through the volume of his strong voice, but also sounds beautiful and phrases exquisitely.”
Klassekampen, 19 March 2018
“In particular Yngve Søberg, as the self centered brother of Lucia, Enrico, is simply great. Both fluid and powerful in his baritone…”
Aftenposten, 5 March 2018