"As Anna, Solveig Olsen’s operatic training…..ultimately mastered the music and brought intelligence, wit, heart and humanity to Anna. Ironically, it was in the largely spoken vocal soliloquy “Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" that she scored her greatest success." - Colorado Springs Gazette

"Cheers, 'Bravo' and standing ovations were plentiful, especially for....Solveig Olsen's arias." - Colorado Springs Gazette

Soprano Solveig Olsen began honing her craft in the mountains of northern New Mexico. After dabbling in music theatre and cabaret, she eventually became a backup singer in a rhythm and blues band, performing in hotel lobbies throughout downtown Santa Fe. At the age of eighteen, she discovered a love for opera, and has since included in her repertoire the roles Laetitia, Mimi, Musetta, Pamina, Mistress Ford, Juliette, Gretel, Liesl, Semele, Cunegonde, and others.

In the 2015-16 season, Miss Olsen can be heard at the United States Air Force Academy singing Bach's Magnificat, as Violetta with Opera Theatre of the Rockies (highlight performance), as Margaret, in the Fine Arts Center's production of 9 to 5, and at Theaterworks (Colorado), performing excerpts from La Fanciulla del West, in their prologue series. She also sings the role of Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium, and excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor, through KCME Presents, and performs "Music and Words: The Poetry of Dana Gioia" at Colorado College.

Recent performances include portraying the role of Anna in The King and I with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and acting as soprano soloist in Schubert's Mass in A Flat Major at Colorado College. She performed original arias with renowned composer Anthony Davis (Amistad), as a part of his residency with Ensemble Peak FreQuency. Also with Ensemble Peak FreQuency, she performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. She acted as Assistant Stage Director and pre-concert lecturer with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic/Opera Theatre of the Rockies during their production of Tosca. With Opera Theatre of the Rockies, she also portrayed the role of Ellen in Lakme, and gave a pre-concert lecture for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs "Bold Baroque" concert.

During the 2012-2013 season Miss Olsen was heard singing Puccini in POPera in the Quad, conducted by James Allbritten, and appeared as Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, with Opera Theater of the Rockies Vocal Arts Festival, for which she was also a faculty member. She sang a concert of premiere compositions by Pamela Madsen, based on the poems of Emily Dickenson, and performed the role of Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. She also acted as Musical Director for the UCCS/THEATREWORKS 2013 production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Other Colorado performances include Infinito Nero, with the Veronika String Quartet and Ensemble Peak FreQuency, the portrayal of the "Prima Donna," in Phillip Blackburn's world premiere hyper-opera, The Sun Palace, as well as recitals with the Gatsby Theatre's Art Song Festival. She also acted as Assistant Director for Opera Theatre of the Rockies production of La Traviata, and music directed ten shows with Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids. In 2011, she performed the role of Jennie Parsons in Kurt Weill's opera Down in the Valley, with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and spent an evening in song at Denver's famed Dazzle Lounge.

During the 2009-2010 season, Miss Olsen appeared as a featured singer with the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s master class series, followed by a performance of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, at New York City’s acclaimed Symphony Space. She participated in the national tour of Star Wars: In Concert, hosted by actor Anthony Daniels (C3P-O), and performed Second Lady and Frasquita in children’s productions of The Magic Flute and Carmen.

In 2008, Miss Olsen received a grant from the Anna Sosenko Foundation which led to a residency in Berlin, Germany. She was engaged at the Caramoor Festival as a Bel Canto Apprentice and collaborated with the Ballet Orchestra of New York, working one on one with composers, premiering works written specifically for soprano soloist and orchestra. Other New York performances include singing Musetta in La Boheme under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Steven Crawford, the title role in Romeo et Juliette, and back to back performances at the famed Riverside Church, singing Dvorak's Te Deum and Mozart's Requiem. In June of 2007 Miss Olsen acted as Musical Director for Desipina & Company, at The Public Theater of New York City; part of the 365days/365plays National Festival by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks.

Prior to moving to New York, Miss Olsen graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and began a residency as a young artist with Chicago Opera Theater. While at COT, Miss Olsen covered the title role in Handel's Semele. In addition, she covered the role of Lucia in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, a role she had previously performed at Indiana University. Two seasons at the Ravinia Festival included singing the role of Frasquita in Carmen for Kids at the Martin Theater, in addition to singing in Not Just Figaro: an Introduction to Opera for Young Audiences. During this time, Miss Olsen was also engaged with the Bowen Park Opera in nine performances of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and prepared the role of Cunegonde for the Light Opera Works production of Candide. A love for Chamber music led to a series of performances throughout Chicago with Arts at Large, the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, the Chicago Park District, and the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society. She was a three-time grant winner with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, celebrated Mozart's 250th birthday with a live concert broadcast on Chicago's classical music station, and performed her first Exultate Jubilate with the New Millennium Orchestra, under Canadian conductor Francesco Milioto.

Known for ease on the concert stage, Miss Olsen has been a featured soloist for a wide array of Oratorios and Masses including Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Bach's Mass in B Minor, Gounod's St. Cecilia's Mass, and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. She has appeared under the batons of illustrious conductors Raymond Leppard, Jane Glover and David Effron.

Miss Olsen's studies include degrees from Indiana University and the University of Iowa, with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival, the Centro Studi Italiani, in Urbania, Italy, the Brevard Music Center and Bel Canto at Caramoor. Additional awards have been given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the MacAllister Awards, and the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation.

Miss Olsen currently serves on the faculty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.