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Performer: Håkon Matti Skrede

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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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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.
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A stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
This Peter Grimes was a tale of two talents: the conductor and the star.
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Il turco in Italia puts ashore in Bergen

Guido Loconsolo (Selim), Sylvia Schwartz (Fiorilla) © Magnus Skrede
Mark Lamos' staging is a riot of colour and movement; George Souglides gives us a masterclass in costumery; fine Italian singing illuminates this Norwegian première for Rossini's madcap Il turco in Italia.
****1
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