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New: The season program for 2018/19 has just launched

Welcome to Bergen National Opera!

We are excited to bring to you – our much valued audience - two major new productions and a whole variety of projects, events and initiatives for our new season. As ever, we create Norwegian premieres which present thrilling voices from all over the world while showcasing those from home. We’ll take inspiring music far beyond Bergen, we’ll commission new work, and we plan all kinds of activities for our children and youth.

On the main stage we focus on two operas based on iconic historical writing – from provocative Jules Voltaire and evocative Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Voltaire ́s Candide, banned for its scurrilous poking at religious pomposity and its racy tone, proved just the material for composer Leonard Bernstein – he would have been 100 this year - to seize and shape into his fantastic opera. We ́re thrilled to present its Norwegian premiere. Massenet, however, turned Goethe’s semi-autographical story of introverted, idealistic Werther into one of opera ́s most romantic outpourings, a musical landscape of high emotion.

BNO tours a chamber arrangement of Carmen, and we ́ll also create a new mini-festival - a ‘tapas’ of arias, ensembles and tastes of local produce, while sending singers out on to the fjords, and continuing a major programme of work in the community.

We welcome a superbly diverse roster of artists including Antony McDonald, Thom Southerland, Edgaras Montvidas, Kevin Whately, Anthony Gregory, Randi Stene, Catriona Morison, Beate Mordal, Karen Kamensek and Noluvuyiso Mpofu, and, as ever, we are delighted to continue to share our creative energy with partners Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edvard Grieg Kor.

Our season for 2018/19 is comprehensive including artists, creative teams and composers both internationally acclaimed and those at the start of their careers. And, in a nod to all things fashionably Nordic, an acknowledgement of just how well opera and food combine.

Latest news

La Clemenza Aug19 Web

Handlingen i La clemenza di Tito

En farlig forelskelse, mordforsøk og tilgivelse. Her er en oppsummering av Mozarts opera, som har premiere i Grieghallen våren 2020.

Eivind Gullberg Jensen

New Artistic & General Director

The renowned Norwegian conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen takes over from Mary Miller as the new Artistic and General Director of Bergen National Opera in 2021.

Sweeney Todd

Sesongen 2019/2020 er lansert!

Velkommen til en ny sesong med storslått opera og sensasjonelle sangere! Her er noe for alle tilstander, i et program som spenner fra det besettende og groteske til det hevngjerrige og morsomme. Med en god dose operatiske kjærlighetskomplikasjoner underveis.

Anders Beyer Mary Miller Bernt Bauge Nett

Salome åpner Festspillene i Bergen 2020

– Salome er en forbløffende opera, en spektakulær historie fortalt gjennom revolusjonerende musikk. Sammen skaper vi en oppsiktsvekkende begivenhet for åpningen av Festspillene, sier operasjef Mary Miller

Werther Dies

Video: Werther by Massenet

Werther's music counts as some of the most gorgeously romantic ever written. Here you can see the live recording from 22 March 2019, with Edgaras Montvidas and Catriona Morison as Werther and Charlotte.

"Pure pleasure" - Klassisk Musikk
"Warmly recommended" - Bergensavisen
"An elegant and floating production" - Bergens Tidende