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Playing period

31. May 2023


Kulturhuset in Vaskerelven 8

Playing time

1 hour


Free entry

Welcome to our popular OperaPub in a Festival edition! Free entry.

Did you know that the "mother" of the Bergen International Festival was the opera singer Fanny Elsta? Unfortunately, she didn't get the chance to visit Kulturhuset, but will perhaps be at our popular OperaPub in spirit.

In Hovedsalen (for the first time) at Kulturhuset, you'll be up close with the singers, in a casual setting. At the OperaPub, the soloists are local amateurs and professional singers, students, choir singers, and sometimes opera stars guest the events. We have to different pianists this evening: Ellena Hale og Tor Erik Seime Pettersen.

Update: The concert programme for the 31st of May is now fully booked – and new singers will be put on a waiting list.

It's not only the grand and dramatic arias that make their way into the repertoire here, and you can even have a look at previous performances at the OperaPub's YouTube-channel

If you wish to perform: Please contact BNO's Artistic Coordinator Møyfrid Engeset at in advance to check if there still are free slots in the concert schedule. She also needs to know your plans and ideas about repertoire, and you as a performer should also provide the music sheets on e-mail for the pianist.

It will be possible to have a run through with our pianist in the venue before the concert starts, normally half an hour earlier.

Kulturhuset (link)
Vaskerelven 8
5014 Bergen

Lift available.

General information
Bergen National Opera's OperaPub has been a success since it first opened in 2014, and has visited different venues in the city. This is an informal night out for opera lovers and a chance to hear emerging talents in a relaxed atmosphere: The singers are amateurs, students, chorus members and also visiting soloists to BNO and Bergen. In addition to opera you may hear a hit from a musical, folk songs – and also freshly made music performed for the first time.

OperaPub highlights on YouTube

Photos: From the house premiere at Kulturhuset October 2021, with the singers Mari Eriksmoen, Jongmin Park, Rushana Brandanger (also composer), plus the pianists Tor Erik Seime Pettersen and Ahmad Hedar – among others:


Ellena Hale Nett

Ellena Hale

Pianist for the singers

Tor Erik Seime Pettersen Bw Firkant Nett

Tor Erik Seime Pettersen

Pianist for sangerne

Selected dates

31/05 Wednesday 22.00
Kulturhuset (Hovedsalen) Festival edition! Free entrance
Free entrance