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Opera by the Fjord – Thursday concert

Opera by the Fjord – Thursday concert

Playing period

27. June 2024


Oseana kunst- og kultursenter

Meet the young opera singers who are attending this years Summer Academy! This evening they perform a staged version with highlights from The Magic Flute, and in addition, their favourite arias.

The 22 singers are joined by the academy orchestra, with 27 young musicians who are playing together with the professional mentors and group leaders from renowned opera and symphony orchestras in the Nordic countries and Austria. The concert master is Maxim Brilinsky, 1st violinist from the Wiener Philharmoniker.

The four conductor students will also get the chance to stand in front of the orchestra, coached in advance by Bergen National Opera's artistic director Eivind Gullberg Jensen and his conductor colleague Sascha Goetzel from Vienna. The stage director for The Magic Flute is Ivar Tindberg.

(Updated June 27th)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ouverture, La clemenza di Tito
Conductor: Sergey Akimov

Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle
Sara Aasen (Elisabeth)
Conductor: Tom Ole Elgsaas

Giuseppe Verdi
Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito
Johann Dornwald (Fiesco)
Conductor: Chi-Yuan Lin

Alfredo Catalani
La Wally: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
Julie Sofie Storemyr (Wally)
Conductor: Tom Ole Elgsaas

Pietro Mascagni
Cavalleria rusticana: Il cavallo scalpita
Eirik Krokfjord (Alfio)
Conductor: Sergey Akimov

Richard Strauss
Rosenkavaleren: Wie du warst
Christina Jønsi (Octavian)
Conductor: Anna Hartmann

Vincenzo Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Oh! quante volte
Olivia Moss (Giulietta)
Conductor: Sergey Akimov

Charles Gounod
Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux
Simon Thorbjørnsen (Valentin)
Conductor: Anna Hartmann

Giacomo Puccini
Tosca: Recondita armonia
Robert Skovly (Cavaradossi)
Conductor: Anna Hartmann

Giacomo Puccini
La bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì
Melissa Baug (Mimì)
Conductor: Sergey Akimov

Giacomo Puccini
La bohème: Che gelida manina
Endre Dahl (Rodolfo)
Conductor: Chi-Yuan Lin

Giacomo Puccini
La bohème: Vecchia zimarra
Kristoffer Töyrä (Colline)
Conductor: Chi-Yuan Lin

Camille Saint-Saëns
Samson et Dalila: Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse
Cecilia Lund Tomter (Dalila)
Conductor: Anna Hartmann

Giuseppe Verdi
Falstaff: Tutti gabbati
Conductor: Tom Ole Elgsaas


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) - highlights

Annika Beinnes / Pamina
Ian Marcus Bjørsvik / Tamino
Olivia Moss / Queen of the Night
Alva Olsson / 1. Lady & Papagena
Melike Uludag / 2. Lady
Sunniva Fevang / 3. Lady
Einar Stefánsson / Papageno
Zhengji Han / Sarastro

Read about the story and characters in The Magic Flute in Norwegian here (link)

Conductors for The Magic Flute:
Chi-Yuan Lin (1st part: the Ouverture – and last part)
Tom Ole Elgsaas (2nd part)
Anna Hartmann (3rd part)
Sergey Akimov (4th part)

Please note: All arias and the highlights from The Magic Flute will be sung in the original language, without surtitles.

* = section leader and coach

Violin 1
Maxim Brilinsky*
Aiste Karpaviciute
Filip Bråthen Hansen
Yejin Joo
Laura Soeters

Violin 2

Lucas Takeshi Stratmann*
Kristin Engås
Ece Samanlioglu
Gabriel Dodin
Teo Devčić

James Opie*
Eeva Tenkanen
Viola Innocenti
Katherine Veeckman

Erik Wahlgren*
Elias Moreira
Judit Diaz Alvarez

Double bass
Patrick Wilder*
Aleksandra Jaworska

Karl-Heinz Schütz*
Elina Ceprova

Ella Dorothea Delbrück
Emilie Wästlund

Silvia Schweigl
Vera Cecilie Xiang Aadland

Audun Halvorsen*
Jonas Beckmann

José Luis Cortell*
Sytske Pas

Ángel Manuel Nicolás Barceló
Alexander Keiser

Çağla Turhan
Carles Broseta Garcia

Bass trombone
Ivan Cheung

Marcelina Dąbek

Timpani and percussion
Manuel Hofstätter
(from Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra)

The video below:
Listen to soprano Annika Beinnes performing Je veux vivre by Charles Gounod at Opera by the fjord summer 2022, conducted by the fellow academist Rasmus Hella Mikkelsen. This year (2024) Beinnes will sing the role as Pamina in The Magic Flute at our Thursday concert.

The summer academy Opera by the fjord is aimed at students who are currently in education, or who have recently graduated. Our top team of coaches all have experience from renowned opera houses and symphony orchestras.

Our academy is unique in that singers can rehearse and perform together with an orchestra, in a staged situation, as well as in concert arias. The training program is put into a larger context and will go beyond simply vocal training.

The conductor students will get a tailor-made mentoring in the specialist skills required to be an opera conductor, and two repetiteur students are also joining.

27 young instrumentalists will play in the academy orchestra 2024 together with top professionals from renowned opera and symphony orchestras in Scandinavia and Vienna, who also will be their section leaders and mentors.

Photos from the Opera at the fjord concerts 2021, 2022 and 2023:


Directors and founders:
Eivind Gullberg Jensen
, Artistic & General Director of Bergen National Opera, and Chief Conductor of Noord Nederlands Orkest
Sascha Goetzel
, Music Director for Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Principle Guest Conductor for Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Vocal coaches:
Solveig Kringlebotn
, soprano and professor at the Academy of Opera in Oslo and Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo
Albert Dohmen
, bass-baritone from Germany, renowned for his Ring-roles Wotan, Alberich and Hagen at the Bayreuth festival 
Kristin Okerlund
, pianist and vocal coach from the Vienna State Opera
Hans-Otto Ehrström
, pianist and vocal coach from the Vienna State Opera

Stage director:Ivar Emil Tindberg, Norwegian stage director, writer and composer
Assistant stage director: Ann-Terese Aasen, Norwegian choreographer and stage director

Costume designer:
Cathrine Ahlsen
, Head of Costumes at Bergen National Opera

Orchestra coaches/section leaders:
1st violin: Maxim Brilinsky, leader of the 1st violin section, Wiener Philharmoniker
2nd violin:  Lucas Takeshi Stratmann, principal 2nd violin, Wiener Staatsoper
Viola:  James Opie, co-principal viola, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in Stockholm
Cello:Erik Wahlgren, solocellist, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in Stockholm
Double bass:  Patrick Wilder, co-principal double bass, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Karl-Heinz Schütz
, solo flute Wiener Philharmoniker
Audun Halvorsen, principal bassoon in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DR SymfoniOrkestret)
José Luis Cortell
, principal horn alternating, the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Solo horn, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin from October 2024
Timpani and percussion:  Manuel Hofstätter*, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

*Hofstätter is our guest musician, and not a coach at the academy

Opera by the fjord - Summer Academy is presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration med Oseana kunst- og kultursenter, and is supported by Grieg Foundation, Sparebankstiftelsen DnB, Talent Norge, Vestland fylkeskommune, Sparebank1 SR-Bank og SR-stiftelsen and The GC Rieber Foundations.

Selected dates

27/06 Thursday 18.00
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