New Ibsen theater won funding

Among “goodies” offered by the Norwegian government in its state budget proposal for next year is an allotment of NOK 8 million (USD 1 million) to create a new, small theater for performing plays by Norway’s legendary Henrik Ibsen. The theater will be constructed inside the historic building that also houses the Ibsen Museum and […]

Oslo’s grand old lady gets a facelift

Oslo’s Grand Hotel has housed countless Nobel Peace Prize winners, dignitaries and entertainers over the years, but fewer are likely to be checking in this winter. Parts of the legendary hostelry have been closed and its entrance blocked off since Christmas, as the historic building undergoes major renovation. The hotel, owned by Norwegian real estate investor Christian Ringnes, is […]

Opera’s new ‘Peer Gynt’ draws mixed reviews

Critics weren’t exactly giving standing ovations to the Norwegian Opera & Ballet’s new version of the classic Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt. It premiered over the weekend after weeks of speculation that production problems could keep the curtain from going up. Opera officials angrily rejected the media speculation of possible delays, especially by state broadcaster NRK, […]

Ibsen prizewinner gives up proceeds

The controversial winner of this year’s International Ibsen Award, Austrian author Peter Handke, feels he has received an “unfriendly” reception in Norway after being met with boos and protests outside the National Theater in Oslo on Sunday. Handke, long criticized for defending Serbian nationalism, formally accepted his prize on Monday, but will not accept its cash proceeds of NOK […]

Goebbels wins Ibsen Award

Heiner Goebbels is described as a composer, director, teacher, festival programmer and also has created operas, radio drama and combinations of music and theater. All that won him this year’s International Ibsen Award, for his innovation and influence on the performing arts. Goebbels, age 59, lives in Frankfurt and became internationally known for his radio […]