Berit Opheim

Berit Opheim
Per Finne
Berit Opheim is one the 13 nominees for the 2023 Nordic Council Music Prize.


Berit Opheim from Voss is one of Norway’s most respected folk singers. With a curious and open attitude to different types of music, she has continually developed her expression, including contemporary music, early baroque music, medieval music and improvisation. She’s known for concentrated communication, her warm voice and high level of knowledge. Opheim has been particularly active as a solo performer for many years and has given the first performance of several newly composed works. She’s a former member of Trio Mediæval and has collaborated with a number of musicians and ensembles. She was the Queen of the Night and Papagena in the folk version of The Magic Flute and has won the Landskappleiken competition four times. She has also released several solo albums and participated in about fifty CD-recordings. Opheim is an associate professor and has taught at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss, the Grieg Academy in Bergen, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, something she considers to be a central element in her work. She has a strong desire to pass on her knowledge to younger generations. Opheim is an important source of inspiration and a pioneer in the music scene, and will continue to bring joy to audiences for many years to come.