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Are you a young conductor? (Academy 2022)

Bergen National Opera welcomes young conductors to apply for our summer academy Opera by the fjord. Deadline 1st of March 2022


Please fill in this application form

Please note that all who apply for our summer academy are obliged to pay an application fee of NOK 300 via Vipps (Norway) to Bergen National Opera nr 132655 or via PayPal (link) when you submit your application. See also the application form.

We have places for 2 conductors.

Deadline: 1st of March 2022

In the application form you are required to include 1-2 recordings, and a link to your CV.

Please note that you only can include video-LINKS (not password protected) which lead to web sites like YouTube. We cannot accept video files which have to be downloaded.

Bergen National Opera follow up the success of our pilot project in 2021 and are delighted to launch a new summer academy from Saturday 25th of June – Saturday 2nd of July 2022. The academy's grand finale is a concert at Oseana by Bjørnafjorden south of Bergen, where the one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi, directed by Ivar Tindberg, will be one of the highlights, in addition to favourite arias and ensembles.

The singers, conductors and repetiteurs start on the 25th of June, before the instrumentalists in the orchestra join on Tuesday 28th of June.

This summer academy is aimed at students who are currently in education, or who have recently graduated. Our top team of coaches all have experience from renowned opera houses and symphony orchestras.

Our academy is unique in that singers can perform together with an orchestra, in a staged situation, as well as in concert arias. The training program is put into a larger context and will go beyond vocals.

The two conductor students will get a tailor-made mentoring in the specialist skills required to be an opera conductor. They will lead vocal as well as orchestral rehearsals, and also have the possibility to conduct pieces in the final concert.

In this years academy orchestra 24 young instrumentalists will play together with 9 top professionals from renowned opera and symphony orchestras in Scandinavia and Vienna (see list below), who also will be their group leaders and mentors.


Directors and founders:
Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Artistic & General Director of Bergen National Opera, and Chief Conductor of Noord Nederlands Orkest
Sascha Goetzel, Music Director Designate for Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Principle Guest Conductor for Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Vocal coaches:
Solveig Kringlebotn, soprano and professor at the Academy of Opera in Oslo and Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo
Michael Schade, tenor and professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Vienna
Kristin Okerlund, pianist and vocal coach from the Wiener Staatsoper
Hans-Otto Ehrström, pianist and vocal coach from Finnish National Opera in Helsinki

Orchestra coaches:
1st violin:  Lars Bjørnkjær, concertmaster, The Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen
2nd violin: Alexander Chojecki, principal 2nd violin, The Gothenburg opera
Viola: James Opie, co-principal viola, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in Stockholm
Cello:  Kati Raitinen, solo cello, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in Stockholm
Double bass:  Patrick Wilder, co-principal double bass, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Karl-Heinz Schütz, solo flute Wiener Philharmoniker
Steffen Blindheim, solo english horn and oboe, Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Rune Brodahl, solo horn, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
Timpani: Manuel Hofstätter, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

25th of June – 2nd of July
: Singers, repetiteurs and conductors
28th of June – 2nd of July: Instrumentalists of the academy orchestra

Place: Oseana Art and Cultural Center south of Bergen

Accommodation: The veteran ship M/S Sunnhordland. Short walking distance to Oseana.

The final concert: 6 PM/18:00 CET Saturday 2nd of July

It is possible to stay the night to the 3rd of July, with breakfast before departure.

Fee for conductors: NOK 5000 (shared cabin) / NOK 8000 (single cabin)

Includes tuition, accommodation and three meals a day.
Please note that the number of single cabins is limited, so there is no guarantee of a single cabin to all participants.

Do you have questions about our academy? Please contact nicolai(AT)

Opera by the fjord - Summer Academy 2022 is presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration med Oseana kunst- og kultursenter, and is supported by Grieg Foundation, Sparebankstiftelsen DnB, Talent Norge, Sparebankstiftelsen Sparebanken Vest and GC Rieber Fondene.

There could be changes, also due to the Covid 19-situation.

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