Thomas Stanghelle was born July 8th 1977 in Oslo, and grew up in Skjervøy, Tynset, Beitostølen, Spind (Farsund), most of the time at Nesodden, and has recently also been situated in Trondheim and Kristiansand.
Musical background for Thomas Stanghelle
Thomas Stanghelle is now studying classical singing and composition at the Music Conservatory in Kristiansand. He has previously studied at the Music Conservatory in Trondheimm and music theory at the University of Oslo ("musikk mellomfag"), and is educated in musical theatre at Norwegian School of Performing Arts "Bårdar-akademiet".
About the opera-musical "Some Sunny Night"©:
Thomas Stanghelle composed and wrote the music and libretto for the opera-musical "Some Sunny Night"©, which had it's official premiere at the 50-year anniversary of Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital September 13th.
[Read more] about the official opera-musical premiere.
The opera-musical was first performed as a mini-opera in Trondheim January 2004, in Norwegian ("Den gode viljen"). This mini-opera was a shorter version of the opera-musical.
November 28th. 2004 Thomas Stanghelle recieved Nesodden Cultural Award.
Thomas has performed in the operas "Carmen", "The Masquerade-ball", "The Magic flute", "Cosi fan tutte in highlights"
and in the operette "the Mikado".
Thomas Stanghelle has acted and played in many musicals , such as "Oliver!", "Sound of music", "Gummi-Tarzan", and "Jesus Christ Superstar".
He has also dubbed Norwegian voices in Disney-productions, such as "Bambi", "World on ice", "Free Willy", "A Goofy Movie", "An extremely Goofy movie" and "Pinocchio".
With his mother being a classical singer, mezzo-soprano Turid Stanghelle, it was only natural for Thomas learning the music skills from early age.
Besides learning singing from his mother, Thomas Stanghelle has studied singing and composition with opera-singer and professor at The Royal College of Music in London, Neil Mackie, opera singers Anne Nyborg and Anne-Lise Berntsen, tenor and professor Kåre Bjørkøy, composer Henning Sommero and the tenor Pål Rullestad. Thomas Stanghelle has also taken masterclasses with voice-professor Susanna Eken and Håkan Hagegård.
Read more about the voice training.
Thomas Stanghelle has performed and co-operated with many known artists, such as A-ha vocalist Morten Harket, China National Opera, violinist Arve Tellefsen, Stephen Ackles, Olympic Champion Johann Olav Koss, The "Marathon Queen" Grete Waitz, Hanne Krogh, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Alexander Rybak, Bjelleklang, director Daniel Bohr, voice professor Neil Mackie, Øystein Dolmen/"Knutsen" from "Knutsen & Ludvigsen", TV-host Tande-P, opera-singer Jens Olai Justvik, actor Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen in the CCTV-series about Ketil Moe and Mark Wang, his family in "Three Generations": Ingunn Stanghelle, Turid Stanghelle and Mathilde Marker (93!), Helene Bøksle, Chorus for Ole Paus in "Josef og jeg", The Olympic Artist-troupe "My Dream": China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe of China, the Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Jørn Hoel, Lindesnes Trekkspillklubb Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Alex Rosen on "Europas Juvel", Hans Inge Fagervik, director Tom Sterri, the belgian artist Jo Lemaire and Karsten Isachsen.
Thomas S/Thomas Stanghelle has taken part in several CD- and DVD-projects...
About the CD "3 Generasjoner":
"3 Generasjoner" (3 Generations) had its official concert-release at the summerconcerts in the south of Norway, the summer of 2004.
This CD is a collection of recordings from 1963 until 2004.
Matilde Marker, Turid Stanghelle and Thomas Stanghelle are singing solos, duets and a trio - 3 generations together.
About the single "Perfect Harmony":
"Perfect Harmony" had its official concert-release December 29th, and was released on the internet New Years Eve 2003/2004.
Thomas Stanghelle wrote the music and the lyrics for the song "Perfect Harmony".
On this single he performs with mezzosoprano Turid Stanghelle.
The single also contains the song "The prayer".
About the album "Angel of life":
Artist photo: Kim Rand-Hendriksen
His second solo-album is the soundtrack of the CCTV (China Central Television)-series "Hold up the blue sky of life". Thomas S was chosen to be the composer and lyric writer for the tv-series with his main-theme "Angel of life".
The true story about handicapped Mark Jiapeng Wang who survived an aircrash, and the 18-episodes series has a potential of 800 million viewers all over China.
"Angel of life" is partly recorded and mixed in China by Ningxia Film Company, partly at Musikkloftet in Oslo.
Thomas S sings the vocals and plays the piano and keyboards.
Together with Chinese folk singer Demi Feng, he also recorded a Chinese-English duet version of the theme-song "Angel of life", featuring Igor Rybak from Belarus/Nesodden on violin, and the Beijing Aiyue Orchestra. Guitar: Morten Rand-Hendriksen.
About the first solo-album, "Colony" (2002)
Thomas S wrote the music and lyrics, besides arranging and producing his first solo-album "Colony".
"Colony" proved to be an important door-opener for Thomas S, who was contacted by Ningxia Film Company in China immediately after they had heard the album, asking for his contribution on their next filming-project "Hold up the blue sky of life".
In Norway the first version of "Angel of life" went straight to number 1 on the hitlist "Norsktoppen" and stayed at the top for 4 consecutive weeks, with 10 weeks on the charts altogether.
The success of the radio-single also led to several tv-shows and live-performances for Thomas S.
Read more about Thomas Stanghelles voice training