Artist Profiles: Berit Opheim

Berit Opheim

Berit Opheim (born 1967) is a highly respected and talented folk singer, and is one of the foremost singers of traditional music from western Norway.

She won the first prize in the National Contest for Traditional Music in 1992, 1995 and 1996. During the past 10 years she has participated in many recordings and has toured in Norway and abroad. She has received several awards and is a member of various folk music ensembles.

Opheim sings primarily folk songs from her home town, Voss. Her repertoire spans a wide range, and she has collaborated with jazz musicians and other contemporary musicians. Her first solo release was recorded in one of Norway’s oldest churches, the stave church at Urnes in Sogn.

Discography

* Orleysa (Odin NJ 4039-2, 1991)
* Svanshornet, with Orleysa (Odin NJ 4048-2, 1993)
* Dåm, with Oslo Chamber Choir (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 147, 1995)
* Blå Harding, with Nils Økland (Morild 1, 1996)
* Eitt steg (NOR-CD 9618, 1997)
* Dédicace (Gilles Obermayer GO 005, 1998)
* Spir, with Karl Seglem (NOR-CD 9830, 1998)
* Fryd (Vossa Jazz Records VJ 98004-2, 1998)
* Folketonar frå Hordaland, with Reidun Horvei (Included with a book, Det Norske Samlaget, 1998)
* Bergtatt, with Oslo Chamber Choir (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 214, 1999)
* Slåttar på tunga (2L 2L46SACD, 2007)
* Norskjazz.No, with Karl Seglem (2009)
* Rós: Songs Of Christmas (2013)
* Aquilonis (ECM, 2014)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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