Often praised for her unique timbre and expression, the young Norwegian mezzo-soprano Eira Sjaastad Huse divides her time equally between opera and lieder.
Recent opera credits include Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Bianca in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (Lidal NORTH/The Norwegian Opera & Ballet). She has performed together with artists such as Henning Kraggerud, Helge Kjekshus, Michael Endres, Clemens Flick and Oliver John-Ruthven; her forthcoming engagements include Dido (Dido and Aeneas) at Ramme Gård (NO), and Lady Capulet in Blacher's Romeo and Juliet with Opéra de Lyon's Opera Studio (FR).
Eira is a former First Prize winner of Nina Solo Competition, a competiton that honours Edvard Grieg's muse and wife, Nina Grieg. Eira was one of 26 singers invited to participate in The Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition 2015 in Wigmore Hall. She has performed in venues and at festivals such as Holywell Music Room (UK), Universitetets Aula (NO), Nationaltheatret (NO), Risør Kammermusikkfest (NO), Johan Halvorsen Musikkfest (NO), Mozartfestivalen (NO) and toured with Piteå Festspelen (SE).
In 2014 Eira composed and performed a one-act chamber opera on the subject of bees. Eira has a special interest in historical performance, and has studied and performed W. A. Mozart's own written-out embellishments and cadenzas in arias by Mozart and J. Chr. Bach.
Eira and her duo partner Olga Jørgensen are alumnae of Oxford Lieder Festival's Mastercourse 2017.