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Opera by the fjord - Summer academy for instrumentalists 18-21 August

Are you studying to become a professional instrumentalist? Would you like to take part in our summer academy in August? Apply by the 14th of June.

Bergen National Opera's first ever academy takes place this summer in Os near Bergen. We are seeking applications from 16 instrumentalists for the orchestra, who will play together with 8 professionals.

Sascha Goetzel
, conductor from Vienna
Eivind Gullberg Jensen
, conductor and Artistic & General Director at Bergen National Opera

This summer academy is for young singers and instrumentalists still studying, or for those recently finished their studies.

The planned repertoire is among others the Finale from Act 2 of Le nozze di Figaro together with the singers. There will be a concert with all of the participants the final evening, on the 21st of August. Individual sessions for the instrumentalists are also planned for, where you can dive into orchestra excerpts from the opera literature and practice a final "audition" with all the teachers as a "jury".

For this year's academy orchestra, these instrumentalists are welcome to apply:
Violin: 7 positions
Viola: 2 positions
Cello: 1 position
Double bass: 1 position
Flute: 1
Clarinet: 1
Bassoon: 1
Horn: 1
Trumpet: 1

The teachers/professionals in the orchestra:
Anders K. Nilsson, 1st concertmaster, Royal Swedish Orchestra (Kungliga Hovkapellet) in Stockholm
Madelene Berg, principal 2nd violin, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Aine Suzuki, solo viola, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Audun Sandvik, cello, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and professor at the Univ. of Tromsø
Patrick Wilder, co-principal double bass, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Steffen Blindheim, oboe, Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Rune Brodahl, solo horn, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, and teacher at Barratt Due Institute of Music
Manuel Hofstätter, timpani, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Place: Oseana kunst- og kultursenter, Os, Norway
Dates: 18 – 21 August 2021 (singers start from the 16th)

The final concert will be on the evening on the 21st of August,
with the possibility to stay the night to the 22nd of August, with breakfast before departure.

Age: 18-25 years

Fee: NOK 1 400,-
Includes academy, accommodation and three meals a day
Apply by the 14th of June (singers: the 7th of June)

Please send your CV and the video-links (f.ex. a link to YouTube) of your recordings of a solo piece of your choice and 1-2 orchestra excerpts from our list (see below) to

For specified details for each instrument, and PDFs with orchestra excerpts, please see this page:

Your application will be processed from the 17th of June and the following days.
If accepted, please pay the fee with the due date on the invoice.

Please note that some the information for the singers (link) differs from the instrumentalists.

The summer academy is presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration with Oseana kunst- og kultursenter and supported by the Grieg Foundation and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

Due to the Covid 19-situation there could be changes.

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