Ivi Karnezi, Greek-Norwegian soprano


Greek/Norwegian soprano Ivi Karnezi is a versatile operatic artist with a repertoire ranging from Handel to Schoenberg and beyond. She has worked with some of the opera world’s leading directors and conductors and participated in a number of world premiere productions, creating roles from scratch.

Ivi studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. In 2010 she joined the Studio of the Opéra National de Lyon where her roles included The Friend in Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen, Second Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal and A Maiden in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. She made her debut at the Immling Opera Festival in Germany as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has also participated in the Berlin Staatsoper’s Infektion festival.

For the 2017-18 season Ivi is contracted as a member of the soloist ensemble at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Her roles there have included Élisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlo, Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Overseer in Strauss' Elektra and Luisia in Shostakovich’s Cheryomushki. She also created the role of Chrysothemis in the world premiere of the two-hander How To Kill Your Mother by Jacopo Salvatori and Tom Smith. In 2015, Ivi participated in the Nordic Music Chamber Music Festival in Kiel.

Ivi has performed under conductors including Kazushi Ono, Gaetano D’Espinosa, Bernhard Kontarsky and Jean-Michaël Lavoie among others. She has worked with stage directors including John Fulljames and Francois Girard. She signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2018.

Operaroles, repertoire

Giuseppe Verdi

DON CARLO/ Elisabetta

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Un bel di Vedremo /Butterfly (Puccini)
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