(Aileen Wuornos, evening performances)

KRISTIN NORDERVAL is a composer and performer with a wide-range of song styles. Highlights from the past few seasons include performances with the Oslo Sinfonietta, Netherlands Dance Theater 3, Prism, Sequitur, New Music Consort, Varanger Ensemble, and with Einar Steen Nøkleberg, one of Norway's leading pianists. Festival appearances include the Pendel Festival (Sweden), Spring in Havana 2000 (Cuba), Wiener Internationales Tanz-Festival (Austria), MoldeInternational Jazz Festival (Norway), and MALTA OFF Festival (Poznan, Poland).

Her operatic roles have included Elektro in Lunar Opera (Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival), Frasquita and Micaela in Carmen (Sarasota Opera), First Sphinx in Oedipus (Santa Fe Opera), and the 1992 production and world tour of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s opera Einstein on the Beach (recorded on Nonesuch). Previous credits include appearances as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Ålesund Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Norderval, a soprano, has commissioned and premiered numerous works by European and American composers and has performed both as an improviser and vocal soloist with new music ensembles, including the improvising ensemble The New Circle Quintet with Pauline Oliveiros.

She has recorded works by Mathew Rosenblum and Cornelius Cardew (CRI and Mode Records), and works by Sorrel Hays, Martina Cizek, and Christopher Theiler. Pope Joan, a dance-opera by Anne LeBaron, was written specifically for Norderval and premiered in October 2000 with Dance Alloy and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.


In the past few years she has developed three one-woman shows, presented Off-Broadway and at festivals in Norway, Finland, Poland, and Austria. As a composer, Norderval’s compositions have been presented at theaters and festivals in the U.S., Cuba, and across Europe. She has worked closely with several visual artists, including Warum küssen die Menschen?, a work for two singers, signal processing, and live video, developed with Hanna Hänni for the EAR WE ARE Festival (Biel, Switzerland); and Lydavtrykk, a photography and sound installation in Oslo, Norway .

Norderval recently completed the music for two short films, Kjersti Martinsen’s Sub and Sidsel Pape’s Monarken, as well as the music for Proud to be Here, a dance theater work by Swiss choreographer Katharina Vogel. Norderval received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Washington.