Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz is Norwegian and completed her studies at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome with John Shirley-Quirk, Peter Pears and, for a number of years, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She won the Salzburg "Mozart Wettbewerb" prize and the Spoleto "Sperimentale" prize, and subsequently began her career as an opera and concert singer.
She has been a guest at the most important Italian and foreign Theatres, and has taken part in important productions, among which, Boris Godunov, La Clemenza di Tito and Falstaff in Berlin and at the Salzburg Festival; Un Ballo in maschera and Die Zauberflöte at the Chicago Lyric Opera, Falstaff, Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo and L'Elisir d'amore, alongside Luciano Pavarotti at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Carmen at the Bastille Opéra, Turandot at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Don Pasquale at the Bavarian State Opera, Un Ballo in maschera at the Met in New York, Guillaume Tell at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Gianni Schicchi, Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze and La favola dello zar Saltan by Rimskij-Korsakov at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
The singer can boast a vast concert repertoire: she has sung in the Messa da Requiem at the Teatro alla Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti and in Dresden conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli, in the Deutsches Requiem by Brahms and in the Requiem für Mignon by Schumann at the Salzburg Festival with Claudio Abbado, in Bach's Magnificat and in Mozart's Mass in C minor at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Orchestre de Paris on tour in Japan and in London, in Martyre de Saint-Sébastien by Debussy with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur and in Enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa. In 1993 she was awarded the Grieg Prize by the Grieg Academy in Oslo.
Some of Ms. Norberg-Schulz's most important engagements for the 1997 season included Moïse et Pharaon and Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival, Der Rosenkavalier in Geneva, Die Fledermaus at the Met in New York, Mozart's Requiem in Dresden with Giuseppe Sinopoli, Les Illuminations by Britten in Oslo, Der Rose Pilgerfahrt by Schumann at the Montreux Festival, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, repeated in Bonn at the Beethoven Festspiele in 2000.
In the 2000 season she performed the Petite Messe Solennelle at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Les Clarières dans le ciel by Lili Boulanger in Munich with the Bayerische Rundfunk, Les Dialogues des carmélites with Riccardo Muti at the Teatro alla Scala and La scala di seta by Rossini at the Rossini Opera Festival.
The following year she performed in New York, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Comunale in Bologna and she made her debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin with the Passion according to St. John by Bach and Il Tamerlano by Händel at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, repeated also in Halle. She also interpreted L'Osteria di marechiaro by Paisiello at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Hänsel und Gretel.
In 2002 she sang in Falstaff at the Teatro Reàl in Madrid, in I Capuleti and i Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, in Don Giovanni at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, in La Bohème at the Opera in Oslo and in Mahler's Eighth Symphony at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome conducted by Myung Whun Chung.