WEDNESDAY 21. & FRIDAY 23. AUGUST at 7.30 pm
Bergen Operakor
Conductor Anne Randine Øverby

With surprising accuracy and a well-mannered taste in the great world of opera literature, the Bergen Opera Choir complements the performing and acting parts of opera as a stage play. This extremely experienced choir has its own particular sound, as well as a long list of productions both in Bergen and at tours worldwide. The choir will embark on a new tour to Asia shortly after their concerts at Grieg in Bergen; a real dress rehearsal, so to speak!

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E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
From Olav Tryggvasson, operafragment Op 50:
Giv alle guder
Her, her møter de høie ham, andre guder ere komne

C. ORFF (1895-1982)
From Carmina Burana:
Floret, floret
Olim lacus colueram
Circa mea pectora
Veni, veni, veniet
Tempus et iocondum

G. VERDI (1813-1901)
From La Traviata:
Violettas arie
Finale 2. akt
From Nabucco: Slavekoret

Opera Bergen is an independent opera company from the western part of Norway with international ... orientation and cooperation through more than 30 years Opera Bergen was founded in 1982 by Anne Randine Øverby and Tone Kvam Thorsen. During the years the aim has been the same; to produce opera performances at an international level, either alone or in cooperation with cultural institutions on regional, national and international level.

Opera Bergen has had the pleasure to work with several conductors during the years, as Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Aldo Ceccato, Carlo Felice Cillario, Per Dreier, Muhai Tang and Anne Randine Øverby. Stage directors who have been engaged by Opera Bergen has been Ann-Magret Petterson, Bruno Berger-Gorski, Reto Nickler, Rocc and Daniel Bohr a.o.

Opera Bergen has, since its founding, produced more than 90 operas, where quite a number has been first performances ever in Norway or Scandinavia.

In 1987 Opera Bergen gave the Norwegian premier of De Falla’s La Vida Breve, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos conducting. Aldo Ceccato was the conductor of the first Norwegian performance of Verdi’s Macbeth in 1988, and in 1990 Pizetti’s Murder in the Cathedralhad its first performance in Scandinavia, conducted by Carlo Felice Cillario.

The work list of Opera Bergen includes fully staged productions of standard works as La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlos, Aïda, and Nabucco (Verdi), Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, La Bohéme, Le Villi and Suor Angelica (Puccini) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (Rossini) and Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute (Mozart). Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, Donizetti’s Elisir d’amour are also produced by Opera Bergen, and French operas like Massenet’s Manon and Werther, Gounod’s Faust, the famous Russian opera Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky).

Opera Bergen has also staged several more modern opera works as Korngold’s Violanta, Menotti’s The Medium, Libby Larsen’s Dreaming Blue, Brecht’s Die Sieben Todsünden, and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah a.o.

Opera Bergen has also made several international tours: as guests at Cairo Opera House and Asmara in 1992, performing a fully staged version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. In 1993 the company went to Ashkelon (Israel) with a fully staged production of Samson and Dalila (Saint-Saëns). On the same occasion Opera Bergen gave a closed performance in Tel Aviv for the prime minister, public officials and cultural authorities.

Opera Bergen produced a European tour in 1998 to Prague and Vienna, where Bergen Opera Choir/Prague Symphony Orchestra performed Mozart’s Requiem in Smetana Hall in Prague, and Bergen Opera Choir /Amadeus Orchestra did the same programme in Goldener Saal, Musikverein in Vienna. Both concerts were conducted by Anne Randine Øverby.

Opera Bergen has also been touring in Asia. In 2001 the company was invited to Beijing, performing Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem in Forbidden City Concert Hall, with Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Anne Randine Øverby conducting. The Bergen Opera Choir also participated in the performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and consert performances of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, under Muhai Tang’s baton.

In September 2010 Opera Bergen was invited to Mumbai, India – to produce and perform two production for the 9th Celebrity Season for National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA Mumbai); A Lloyd Webber Gala Concert and a fully staged production of Puccini’s Tosca.

Opera Bergen has also established and developed the medieval castle in Bergen as an open-air stage for acoustic opera, and contributed to bringing the art to a broad audience, locals and tourists in Bergen.

Concert Info
Bergen Operakor

Wednesday 21. &
Friday 23. August
at 7.30 pm

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Ticket Info
Student NOK 230
Child NOK 230
Bergen Card 230
BT Card 230

2-course dinner COD - NOK 586
2-course dinner SALMON- NOK 596

NB! At Concert Day, Dine & Concert must be purchased BEFORE 12 AM.
Dine & Concert Menu
with fried fresh vegetables, grilled lime and lime Kesam
in creamy tomato sauce with baked plum tomatoes, small potatoes and fried kale mix
Chocolate mousse

Choose between cod or salmon, and dinner before or after concert.

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6 Weeks - 24 Concerts

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