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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Norway

© Ertiboy | Wikimedia Commons
© Ertiboy | Wikimedia Commons
Check our calendar to discover concerts, opera or ballet performances in Norway, the birthplace of Edvard Grieg; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know about what’s going on in Norway, undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking destinations with its stunning landscapes and its thriving musical life.
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Interview with Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
Andsnes tells us about his latest venture, a journey through the piano music of Sibelius, and about his plans for the future.

Q&A: Lise Davidsen

Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen made a huge impact on the operatic world in the summer of 2015. We caught up with her ahead of her season as Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
© Svein-Magne Tunli | Wikimedia Commons
© Svein-Magne Tunli | Wikimedia Commons

Postcard from Bergen

Brygge © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
A quick tour around the fjords, medieval buildings, art and music of Norway's second city - and perhaps the world's most beautifully set recital hall, at the Edvard Grieg Museum.
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OsloChamber Music Concert - David Cooper

Nielsen, Mozart, Beethoven
David Cooper; Musicians from Norwegian Radio Orchestra

OsloKORK i Aulaen - David Cooper

Ginastera, Strauss R., Mozart
David Cooper; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; The Norwegian Radio Orchestra

BergenSeason Finale with Beethoven and Bronfman

Stenhammar, Beethoven, Strauss R.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis; Yefim Bronfman

BergenChamber Concert: French Spring

Ravel, Debussy
Members of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

OsloMeloditimen med KORK - Traditional Light Music for Orchestra and more

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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The Flying Dutchman sails into Bergen

Iain Paterson (The Dutchman) © Monika Kolstad | Bergen National Opera
Bergen National Opera’s new production allows the story to speak to itself, while strong performances from Eric Halfvarson and Elisabeth Teige gave the performance its edge.
****1
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A transformative experience in Oslo

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
After a shaky start with Metamorphosen, the Oslo Philharmonic embodies the evening's theme of transformation by ending on a stonker of a Petruskha, via the perenially fabulous Lise Davidsen.
****1
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Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
The first staging of Bellini's Norma in Oslo in over a century is unfortunately hampered by an irritating production, yet some glorious singing does much to rescue the show.
**111
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Wilhelm and Wolfgang kick off the New Year in Oslo

Herbert Blomstedt © J M Pietsch
Beautiful, yet uninspired playing resulted in an underwhelming start to the New Year from the Oslo Philharmonic.
***11
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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