Making more music
Mezzosoprano Tuva Semmingsen and pianist Steffen Horn are joining the ranks of Norwegian musicians sponsored by Statoil on 1 August.
Aged 25, Ms Semmingsen has attended the Norwegian School of Music and is currently studying at the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen.
She made her debut in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Copenhagen's Royal Theatre last autumn, and has since performed in a number of countries. She will be singing at the Bergen International Festival during June.
Mr Horn, who is 24, completed his studies at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo last year and is due to start a two-year solo diploma course at the same academy this autumn in cooperation with the School of Music in Malmö, Sweden.
He has performed as soloist with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and recorded a CD of Olivier Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen together with Elisabeth Vatn.
The two newcomers will replace violinist Katrine Buvarp and soprano Bodil Arnesen as "Statoil musicians". Performers selected for this sponsorship scheme must have achieved a certain level of excellence nationally and be ready for a possible international career.
These agreements are used throughout the group for concerts aimed at employees, clients or others.
Statoil is continuing its collaboration with pianist Helge Kjekshus and violinist Henning Kraggerud.