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Edward Gardner

Season 2019/20 Edward Gardner is conducting Peter Grimes in Bergen, Oslo and London – as well as opening Bergen International Festival with Salome.

Edward Gardner is since 2015 chief conductor for Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and internationally acknowledged as one of the most prominent orchestra leaders of his generation.

Gardner has his education from the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Music in London. After his studies, he started as an assistant for Sir Mark Elder, and later advanced to Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera, before being appointed Music Director at English National Opera (2007-2015). In recognition of his talent he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor and in 2009, the Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

Edward Gardner conducts regularly in opera houses like Metropolitan in New York, La Scala in Milan, the opera in Paris and at Glyndebourne. His many recordings have won great critical acclaim – also those with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. From september 2021 Gardner will also be Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).

Our performances of Peter Grimes in Bergen and Edinburgh 2017 marked his first collaboration with Bergen National Opera, and autumn 2019 we are repeating the success – now in Bergen and Oslo as well as Royal Festival Hall in London. Spring 2020 Gardner will open Bergen International Festival by conducting Salome.

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Peter Grimes Nettsiden
Running period: 21-30/11

Peter Grimes

Britten's masterpiece, set in a claustrophobic seaside town on the England's windswept coast presents some of the most powerful and theatrical music ever written for the operatic stage.

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Berlioz Requiem Nett
Running period: 23-24/05

Berlioz Grande Messe Des Morts

Berlioz Grande Messe Des Morts at Festpillene. Livestream 24th May.

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Othello Mediumlarge
Running period: 11-15/12


In creating the characters for his master play Otello, Shakespeare combined the most devastating but inexorable human traits: arrogance, insecurity, envy and jealousy.

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