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Else Torp

Kelly Crandle/Kieran Kesner

Else Torp (soprano) first specialised in baroque and even earlier music, but is now also recognised as a leading exponent of many kinds of new music. She has been featured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish regional orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Lautten Companey Berlin and the Kronos Quartet. She also enjoys singing an extensive repertoire of German and Danish Lieder, and presenting exotic works such as William Walton’s Façade, Judith Weir’s one-voice opera King Harald’s Saga, and Stockhausen’s American Indian Songs.

Else Torp is a core member of Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices, with whom she has performed around the world: at the BBC Proms, the London Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele, Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Perth International Arts Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Stanford Lively Arts, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Else Torp has sung on more than 30 recordings. Her solo singing on Ars Nova Copenhagen's  CD series of Schütz’s ‘narrative works’ earned special praise. She is also soloist on Theatre of Voices’ Grammy award-winning CD of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion (Harmonia Mundi, USA).

Together with London Sinfonietta and Theatre of Voices she has initiated and sung a portrait concert of Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen – to be recorded for the Danish label Dacapo. Also on Dacapo, Else has recorded a recital of songs by the early Romantic Danish composer C.E.F. Weyse. Having performed Arvo Pärt’s Miserere, Stabat Mater and Passio on many occasions – including his official televised Estonian 70th birthday concert in 2005 – Else Torp can be heard on Harmonia Mundi's 2012-recording of Stabat Mater.

  • Johann Schop, Thomas Kingo , Jean-Baptiste Lully, Dietrich Buxtehude

    Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books

  • Ib Nørholm

    Tavole per Orfeo

  • Heinrich Schütz

    The Complete Narrative Works

  • Dietrich Buxtehude

    Scandinavian Cantatas

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    The Key Masterpieces

  • Heinrich Schütz

    Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion

  • Heinrich Schütz

    Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    Morning and Evening Songs