Sissel had not yet been discovered when I lived in Norway. Such a beautiful voice.
Sissel Kyrkjebø (Norwegian pronunciation: [sɪsəl çʏrçəbø]; born 24 June 1969 in Bergen), also simply known as Sissel, is a Norwegian soprano.
Sissel is considered as one of the world's top crossover sopranos. Sissel's musical style runs the gamut from pop recordings and folk songs, to classical vocals and operatic arias. She possesses a "crystalline" voice and wide vocal range, sweeping down from mezzo-soprano notes, in arias such as Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix from Saint-Saëns's opera Samson et Dalila, to the F natural above soprano C. She sings mainly in English and Norwegian, but has also sung songs in Swedish, Danish, Gaelic, Italian, French, Russian, Icelandic, Faeroese, German, Spanish, Māori, Japanese and Latin.
She is well known for singing the Olympic Hymn (Hymne Olympique) at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, for duets with Plácido Domingo, Charles Aznavour, José Carreras, Neil Sedaka, Warren G, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Russell Watson and The Chieftains, and her participation on the Titanic film soundtrack.
Sissel received her first U.S. Grammy nominations on Dec 6th, 2007 for a collaboration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Spirit of the Season, a collection of songs from the choir’s 2006 Christmas concert featuring Norwegian recording artist Sissel and the Orchestra at Temple Square, was nominated for the Best Classical Crossover Album of the Year, as well as Best Engineered Classical Album.
Sissel's combined solo record sales (not including soundtracks and other albums to which she contributed) amount to 10 million albums sold, most of them in Norway—a country with 4.7 million people. Quite a number of albums have been sold in Sweden and Denmark also. Coupled with her contribution to the Titanic soundtrack, Christmas in Vienna, and other collaborations, her record sales approach 35 million albums. Together with Odd Nordstoga, she is the only Norwegian artist that has accomplished to win 11 platinum trophies for the same record. [Wikipedia]
Sissel performing "Weightless" from her 2000 album All Good Things.
Live performance is taken from her Nordisk Vinternatt DVD.
Audio is overdubbed from album source.
O Mio Babbino Caro
The lovely Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø sings the aria "O Mio Babbino Caro" from the Giacomo Puccini opera "Gianni Schicchi" in her DVD concert "All Good Things."
Bridge Over Troubled Water