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Performer: Edvard Grieg Choir

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BergenVerdi's MacbethStaged concert

Verdi: Macbeth
Edward Gardner; Lenka Udovički; Bergen National Opera; Cathrine Ahlsen; Ivar Skjørestad; Roberto Frontali; Alex Penda
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BergenVerdi's MacbethStaged concert

Verdi: Macbeth
Edward Gardner; Lenka Udovički; Bergen National Opera; Cathrine Ahlsen; Ivar Skjørestad; Roberto Frontali; Alex Penda
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Inspired by Elizabethan music: Gardner and the Bergen Phil

Edward Gardner © Bergen Philharmonic
The Bergen Phil and the Edvard Grieg Choir trace music from Elizabethan themes to 20th century works on them, culminating in Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.
***11
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True Grimes: a gripping semi-staging of Britten’s opera

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John) © Mark Allan | Southbank Centre

A psychologically penetrating semi-staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes from leading soloists, the Bergen Philharmonic and its chief conductor Ed Gardner laid bare the opera’s music and drama.

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Berlioz’s Grande Messe des morts opens Bergen International Festival

Ed Gardner © Thor Brødreskift
Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des morts with the Bergen Philharmonic and Edward Gardner opened the Bergen International Festival with deafening climaxes and even more resounding silence.
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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 powerful Peter Grimes in Edinburgh

Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Stuart Skelton’s visceral Peter Grimes is matched by a strong cast with thrilling playing and singing from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
****1
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A staged Messiah that sheds little light on Handel's oratorio

Messiah © Monika Kolstad
Netia Jones is a visionary stage practitioner, but this show is a rare misjudgement.
***11
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