Opera celebrates its first 10 years

The Norwegian Opera and Ballet were tuning up for celebrations on Thursday to mark 10 years since the Opera House opened in Oslo on April 12, 2008. The partying was due to continue through the weekend. The Opera House, designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta, instantly became a landmark when it opened, and an anchor […]

Minister reshuffles the Opera’s board

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, which has long suffered from personnel and budget problems inside its popular landmark building, is now getting more musically talented members on its board of directors. Culture Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland said she’s making the board changes in response to all the trouble at the Opera in recent months. “Because […]

Curtain falls over drama at the Opera

All the top officials at Norway’s state-owned Opera & Ballet have put a lid on the latest management drama that’s already resulted in the looming departure of music director Karl-Heinz Steffens. They’re clamming up after incoming opera director Annilese Miskimmon, the target of Steffens’ ire, finally responded to Steffens’ criticism late last week. “I’m sorry that Karl-Heinz […]

New conflict hits the Norwegian Opera

Disharmony at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet has now risen to fever pitch, after its brand-new music director, Karl-Heinz Steffens, announced that he’s already decided to leave his post next year. Steffens was popular and had been viewed as a unifying force in an organization riddled with conflict, but he claims he simply hasn’t found a good tone […]

New Munch Museum rises in ‘New Oslo’

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo’s new Munch Museum is now rising on the eastern waterfront of the Norwegian capital, influencing the city’s landscape in line with the impact of Edvard Munch’s art. The new museum is further shaping “The New Oslo” through a burst of construction that, like the spring season itself, is bursting out all over. Oslo’s […]

More drama at the Norwegian Opera

Norway’s Opera House in Oslo has become a national landmark, but sour notes are sounding once again inside the state-funded building that houses both the Norwegian Opera & Ballet. Soloists have demanded an urgent meeting with the Parliament’s committee on cultural affairs, while a revolt tunes up against the Opera’s new top administrator even before she starts […]

Opera selling off costumes

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, which has been struggling financially, found a way to generate some new revenues while cleaning out storage lockers at the same time. On Saturday, hundreds of costumes used in performances over the years would be offered for sale to the public. Doors were due to open at 9am, with the sale […]

Financial drama grips the Opera

Playing out behind the sleek, elegant lines of Oslo’s Opera House is a financial crisis so dramatic that it prompted Opera management to close the publicly owned building to the public itself last weekend, in order to rent it out for a “considerable” sum for a private wedding. Now that’s stirring additional drama as well. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported how Mozart’s Figaro isn’t the only […]

A new opera star is born

Some opera lovers were already calling her Norway’s new Kirsten Flagstad even before she won The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo over the weekend. Now, after securing the first victory for a Norwegian in eight years, Lise Davidsen is another step on her way towards what seems destined to be a brilliant career. At age 28, […]

Opera forced to grapple with cuts

Management at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet is now evaluating a wide range of cuts in everything from its orchestra to production expenses, in order to offset the skyrocketing costs of its early pensions for performers. With no agreement in hand to cut the pension costs, savings must be made in other areas, says the Opera […]