Lydia (f.Moellenhoff) was born in New Brunswick, NJ in the USA and grew up in Germany from age six. She studied voice at the conservatory in Leipzig (HMT) and at the University of Stavanger (UIS). In 2010 she was discovered by Anne Gjevang at the Cesti competition for baroque opera in Innsbruck and Lydia was then hired into the young artist program of The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in season 2011/2012. She sang roles such as “Second Lady” in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as well as “Fortuna” and “Minerva” in “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” by Claudio Monteverdi.
Ranghild Veire of NRK wrote: ”The goddess Fortuna/Minerva had a lovely cute and bubbly appearance in the guest solist Lydia Moellenhoff – a young star on the rise!”
Lydia returned to the main stage the following season to portray “Prinz Orlovsky” in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”.
Since then she has been part of two world premieres. She sang “Sigrid Vaalen” in Kjell Habbestad’s opera “Nenia” for the Oslo Opera festival and the Ultima festival for contemporary music. Later she portrayed “Virginia Wolff” in an opera by Peter Aderhold called ”Orlando” at the Staatsoper Braunschweig, Germany.
Lydia has sung “Maddalena” in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with the Oslo Opera festival and “Third Lady” in Opera Østfold’s spectacular production of “The Magic Flute” last year. This year she sang the title role in “La Cenerentola” by Giaocchino Rossini in a collaboration with “Det Norske Blåsensemble” and Opera Østfold.
In the spring of 2019 she will be back on the main stage at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, again singing “Second Lady”, this time in the Star Wars themed production of “The Magic Flute”
As a concert soloist Lydia has amongst others sung the Alto part in “Petite Messe Solenelle” by G. Rossini, “The Messiah” by G.F. Händel, “Requiem” by W.A. Mozart og “Mass in D major” by Antonin Dvorak. Thanks to the great Bach-tradition in Leipzig, Lydia has sung a lot of J.S. Bach’s music, including the Christmas Oratorio (cantatas I-VI), St. Matthew’s Passion, St. John’s Passion and several of Bach’s cantatas.