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Janie Dee Intervju

Janie Dee

- Cabarets are very much like life, says Janie Dee. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Eivind Gullberg Jensen

New Artistic & General Director

The renowned Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen takes over from Mary Miller as the new Artistic and General Director of Bergen National Opera in 2021.

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Salome åpner Festspillene i Bergen 2020

– Salome er en forbløffende opera, en spektakulær historie fortalt gjennom revolusjonerende musikk. Sammen skaper vi en oppsiktsvekkende begivenhet for åpningen av Festspillene, sier operasjef Mary Miller

Werther Dies

Video: Werther by Massenet

Werther's music counts as some of the most gorgeously romantic ever written. Here you can see the live recording from 22 March 2019, with Edgaras Montvidas and Catriona Morison as Werther and Charlotte.

"Pure pleasure" - Klassisk Musikk
"Warmly recommended" - Bergensavisen
"An elegant and floating production" - Bergens Tidende

Sing along

How to make misery interesting

I´ve just been down in the rehearsal room where Massenet´s hero Werther has been dying since 10:00 this morning. The atmosphere is brisk and deeply practical.

Candide

Diversity, quality and leadership

It was Winston Churchill who once suggested that ‘while we shape our buildings, afterwards our buildings shape us.’ The content of those buildings – who are they for, and how should they be led - is a conversation currently much in focus.

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Top reviews for Candide

"Magic", "A triumph", "Fireworks" - The press loved the new production of Candide at Bergen National Opera

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Werther - Synopsis

The deeply passionate young idealist and poet Werther meets an inexperienced young woman who is bound to her family by duty. She is engaged to Albert – decent, hard-working and steady – and she has promised her late mother to marry him. Werther becomes obsessed, and Charlotte begins a journey of self-discovery.

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Great review in Opera Now

Bergen National Opera's new production of The Flying Dutchman gets 4 (out of 5) stars in the international opera magazine. Read excerpts here.

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Director's diary: First week in Bergen

Big questions of philosophy arise when interpreting the characters in The flying Dutchman during the first week of rehearsals. What is the best way of living one's life, what is a life well spent? Find out more in the director's diary.

Team BNO strikker gensere til forestillingen

Knit your own opera

A gentle rhythmic clicking floats from the doors as though some dreamy animal is tapping its teeth. Sailors need jumpers, and the BNO staff knitters are hard at work.

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A new house for the future

The building of a new house on the Grieghallen site brings the possibility of building a new creative hub for the future.

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Director's Diary

John Ramster, director of The Flying Dutchman, writes about the process of making an opera.

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Witches and Wonderland

A witch with a long silver tail is dancing with a bloody saw and cackling horribly. Hansel is trapped on top of a hospital trolley and Gretel is hiding behind lurid pink boxes. Welcome to the opera!

Peter Grimes Dressrehearsal Video

The opera about the village animal

With his first opera Peter Grimes the young Benjamin Britten achieved instant international fame, and with good reason. In addition to brilliant and distinctive music the drama encompasses a universally recognisable phenomenon: the individual against the world, the outsider against the ‘village animal’.

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Händel and humanity

In Grieghallen´s basement rehearsal room, figures in tattered grey sing Händel as they shuffle towards a table where soup is ladled from a vast battered pot.

Slossing Blogg

Il Turco in Norwegian

Razzle-dazzle, high kicks and general mayhem... Mary talks us through the plot of our most glamorous opera to date!

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Pressen om Madama Butterfly

"Kvelden tilhørte Sae Kyung Rim. Slike stemmer tilhører ikke det dagligdagse selv i verdens ledende operahus" - Klassekampen