Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year. The orchestra is one of several cultural institutions that have […]

Nesbø all over page, stage and screen

Prolific Norwegian author Jo Nesbø released his latest crime novel Sønnen (The Son) this week, a mere nine months after putting out his last book. Hollywood stars are already clamouring to turn it into a movie, he has several other film and TV adaptions in the works, has signed on to retell Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and both […]

Celebrities galore at comedian’s funeral

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Crown Prince Haakon, Health Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and a long list of Norwegian entertainers were among those paying tribute to late comedian Rolv Wesenlund, as he was laid to rest in a funeral financed in his honour by the state on Thursday. It was a Swedish entertainer, though, Sven-Bertil Taube, […]

Fans mourn late comedian

UPDATED: Fans from the prime minister to fellow entertainers were mourning the death over the weekend of Rolv Wesenlund, widely hailed as one of Norway’s most popular comedians from the 1960s through the ’90s. Government leaders accorded him the honour on Monday of announcing that his funeral will be held at state expense. “He made […]

National Theater in mourning

Norway’s National Theater was mourning the loss this week of actor and author Trond Brænne, who died over the weekend of a massive stroke. Brænne was 59 and had held a permanent position at the National Theater in Oslo since 2001. “There is great sorrow at Nationaltheatret,” read a press statement from the theater on […]

Oslo’s ‘nynorsk’ theater turns 100

Norway’s national theater dedicated to the nynorsk form of the Norwegian language is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a special program boasting 30 different plays, brisk ticket sales and a string of theatrical awards. Det Norske Teatret, which debuted amidst violent conflicts over the use of nynorsk, is still pushing boundaries and defining a new […]

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 […]