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Norwegian National Opera Orchestra © Jörg Wiesner
Oslo

On the waterfront: Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony closes the opera season in Oslo

By , 21 June 2018
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Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Too many doors: an occasionally inert, but well-sung Don Giovanni in Oslo

By , 29 May 2018
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

A transformative experience: Petrenko conducts Strauss and Stravinsky in Oslo

By , 08 February 2018
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Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

By , 20 January 2018
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Herbert Blomstedt © J M Pietsch
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Wilhelm and Wolfgang: Stenhammar and Mozart kick off the New Year in Oslo

By , 04 January 2018
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Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

By , 25 November 2017
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Joshua Hopkins (Figaro) © Joerg Wiesner
Oslo

An underwhelming Barber in Oslo

By , 14 October 2017
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Dalia Stasevska © Jarmo Katila
Oslo

Life, examined: the Oslo Philharmonic plays Copland, Hovland and Sibelius

By , 21 September 2017
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Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A web of white packing tape: Calixto Bieito’s Tosca in Oslo

By , 11 June 2017
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Joshua Weilerstein © Felix Broede
Oslo

Loving interior decoration: bland performances in Oslo

By , 04 May 2017
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Christianne Stotijn © Stephan Vanfleteren
Oslo

Memories of music past: Mahler and Buene in Oslo

By , 20 April 2017
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Susanna Hurrell (Mélisande) and Edward Nelson (Pelléas) © Erik Berg
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Keeping up appearances: Pelléas et Mélisande finally receives its Norwegian première

By , 07 April 2017
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Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Oslo

St John Passion disappointingly dispassionate in Oslo

By , 06 April 2017
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John Butt © David Barbour
Oslo

An almost all-Mozart programme closes the Oslo Church Music Festival

By , 26 March 2017
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Henning Kraggerud © Kaupo Kikkas
Oslo

Not just Grieg: Oslo Phil plays an all-Norwegian programme

By , 24 March 2017
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Daniel Behle © Marco Borggreve
Oslo

An early start to Easter: Bach’s St John Passion kicks off the Oslo International Church Music Festival

By , 17 March 2017
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Stefan Solyom © Tony Briggs
Oslo

The calm before the storm: Pärt, Strauss and Shostakovich with the Oslo Phil

By , 02 March 2017
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Camilla Tilling © Camilla Tilling
Oslo

Portents of Heaven: Gabrieli, Bach and Mahler in Oslo

By , 16 February 2017
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Evan Bowers (Don José) and Katarina Bradić (Carmen) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A man’s world: Bieito’s Carmen revived in Oslo

By , 28 January 2017
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Anna Goryachova (Cenerentola) and Taylor Stayton (Don Ramiro) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Rossini ex machina: Stefan Herheim’s Cenerentola in Oslo

By , 21 January 2017
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Han-Na Chang © Luciano Romano
Oslo

Intended and unintended images: Han-Na Chang and the Oslo Phil debut Mikalsen's Saan

By , 12 January 2017
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Lise Davidsen (Santuzza) © Erik Berg
Oslo

The most wonderful time of the year? A Christmas Cav & Pag in Oslo

By , 17 December 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

Thus spake Petrenko: Kort & klassisk Strauss

By , 02 November 2016
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Jukka-Pekka Saraste © Felix Broede
Oslo

Alma and Gustav: the Mahlers reconsidered in Oslo

By , 27 October 2016
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Marek Janowski © Felix Broede
Oslo

Failing to make a splash: Marek Janowski and the Oslo Philharmonic take a journey down the Rhine

By , 13 October 2016
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Jung Nan Yoon (Cio-Cio San) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A heart-wrenchingly manipulative Madama Butterfly in Oslo

By , 08 October 2016
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© Ultima Festival 2016 | Andreas Turau
Oslo

Vinegar, marimbas and trolls: Norwegian wind bands enthrall!

By , 14 September 2016
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Morton Feldman © Rob Bogaerts / Anefo
Oslo

Restless tranquility: Cikada ensemble plays Morton Feldman in Oslo

By , 12 September 2016
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Johannes Kammler © Erik Berg
Oslo

Frighteningly intense: Calixto Bieito directs a devastating War Requiem in Oslo

By , 10 September 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

Ringing ears in Oslo after Petrenko's Beethoven

By , 08 September 2016
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Vigdis Unsgård (Euridice) and David Hansen (Orfeo) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Waiting room blues: Jo Strømgren’s Orfeo ed Euridice in Oslo

By , 27 August 2016
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Vox Luminis © Jozsef Wagner Csapo
Oslo

Men called Johann: Motets by the Bach family in Oslo

By , 21 August 2016
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Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse © Kristin Bolgård
Oslo

Fun and games as the Oslo Chamber Music Festival opens

By , 18 August 2016
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Yngve André Søberg (Figaro) and Ingeborg Gillebo (Cherubino) © Joerg Wiesner
Oslo

Privilege begets privilege: The Marriage of Figaro in Oslo

By , 13 June 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

Petrenko's Scriabin packs a punch in Oslo

By , 26 May 2016
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Mari Eriksmoen © Sveinung Bjelland
Oslo

Virtuosic restraint: the Oslo Philharmonic plays Haydn, Mozart and Brahms

By , 12 May 2016
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Turandot in Oslo © Erik Berg
Oslo

Question mark: Turandot in Oslo

By , 02 May 2016
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Herbert Blomstedt © J.M. Pietsch
Oslo

Teamwork: thrilling Beethoven and Mahler in Oslo

By , 14 April 2016
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Svetlana Sozdateleva (Katerina Izmailova) and Magne Fremmerlid (Boris) © Erik Berg (2014)
Oslo

They had it coming: An unsettling Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Oslo

By , 01 April 2016
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Elysium at Norwegian National Opera © Erik Berg
Oslo

Not perfect, only human: Rolf Wallin’s Elysium in Oslo

By , 14 March 2016
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Oslo

Writing on walls: Handel’s Belshazzar in Oslo

By , 07 March 2016
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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin © Kristof Fischer
Oslo

Funeral Anthem proves an inspired opener for the Oslo International Church Music Festival

By , 04 March 2016
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Oslo Chamber Academy © Anne Julia Granberg
Oslo

Music for extended wind quintet: Oslo Chamber Academy

By , 21 February 2016
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

An uncreative response to justified criticism: Shostakovich in Oslo

By , 05 February 2016
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Han-Na Chang © Sheila Rock
Oslo

Space and time: A new clarinet concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth in Oslo

By , 21 January 2016
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Andrew Harris (Neptune) and Halvor Melien (Jupiter) © Erik Berg
Oslo

The party’s over: Monteverdi’s Ritorno d’Ulisse in Oslo

By , 16 January 2016
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Harry Bicket © Richard Haughton
Oslo

Glittering Rameau, Händel and Mozart with the Oslo Philharmonic

By , 08 October 2015
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© Erik Berg
Oslo

I like a boy in uniform: a frustrating Carmen in Oslo

By , 06 October 2015
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Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Oslo

A little light music: Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie in Oslo

By , 10 September 2015
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Kari Postma (Káťa) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Mommie dearest: Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová in Oslo

By , 05 September 2015
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