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Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins is a sought-after vocal coach and chorus master as well as a conductor and pianist. He is a frequent guest with Bergen National Opera.

Stephen Higgins studied at University of Oxford, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio in London. Higgins works as a conductor and pianist with leading British operahouses like Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Scottish Opera. For ENO he has conducted The Magic Flute, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni for the festival in Porto, in addition to several musicals by Sondheim for Châtelet in Paris. In 2016 he conducted Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave at Opéra National de Paris.

Higgins was the music director for the world premiere of BNOs Future Opera at the festival Borealis spring 2018, and also for our chamber version of Bizet’s Carmen on tour the same year.

He conducted our version of Sweeney Todd in Grieghallen here in Bergen autumn 2019, and was also music director for Future Opera spring 2020. (Note: the Future Opera premiere was cancelled due to the Covid-19-situation.) Higgins was also the music director of our film about Carmen, which was launched on the Norwegian TV channel NRK2 October 2020, and pianist at the concert Absolute Lloyd Webber at Den Nationale Scene the same autumn.

Higgins has arranged and conducted a highly acclaimed chamber version of Bartók's one-act opera Bluebeard's Castle, where dementia is thematised. This version has been performed in several venues around the world, among them Edinburgh International Festival, New Zealand Opera, The Atlanta Opera in the US and at Beijing Music Festival in China.

Updated May 2024

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Dns Lloyd Webber Nett2
Running period: 13-13/10

Absolute Lloyd Webber

Enjoy Eir Inderhaug as Evita and André Søfteland as the Opera Phantom, when Bergen National Opera hosts two sparkling musical evenings at DNS.

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Elisabeth Teige Easter Hymn

Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana

Bergen National Opera is delighted to present an Easter performance especially recorded along with Edvard Grieg Kor and singers who were part of our La clemenza di Tito, which Covid-19 forced us to cancel. We also welcome children from EGK's talent programme.

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From Russia With Love
Running period: 03-03/10

Festival of song

Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra present a week with exceptional singing.

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Janie Dee Web
Running period: 05/10

Cabaret with Janie Dee

Janie Dee is an award-winning actress and musical theatre star, celebrated for her extraordinary versatility in work on stage, film, television and radio.

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Future Opera
Running period: 24-24/05

CANCELLED: Future Opera

Spring 2020 sees two exciting premieres exploring how we communicate, in a new collaboration with Íslenska óperan and the two young composers Bára Gísladóttir and Peder Barratt-Due.

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Sweeney Poster Nettsiden
Running period: 08-08/11

Sweeney Todd

Blood-soaked revenge, love and human meat pies are some of the spine-tingling ingredients in the musical Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street.

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Julekonsert Beate Nett
Running period: 08-08/12

Christmas at Åmot

Christmas at Åmot is presented by Bergen National Opera and Villa Åmot

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Carmen Nett2
Running period: 13-13/10

Operafest at Terminus 2018

Bergen National Opera and De Bergenske invite you to join us in a three day opera festival at Grand Hotel Terminus.

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Carmen Nett2
Running period: 19-19/10

Carmen on tour

In a one hour performance, Carmen will be distilled into a passionate dramatic story, with all the major arias.

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Porgy And Bess Nett
Running period: 04/02

Porgy and Bess at DNS

Bergen National Opera presents, in collaboration with Den Nationale Scene, an evening of songs like “Summertime” and other favourites.

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