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Opera by the fjord - Summer academy 2023

Bergen National Opera welcomes young singers to apply for our summer academy Opera by the Fjord. Deadline 29th of January 2023


Please fill in this application form

Please note that all applicants 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 14 singers.
Age for singers: 18-32

Deadline: 29th of January 2023

In the application form you are required to include recordings of two different arias of your choice (preferably in different styles) 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 that of 2022. We are delighted to launch a new summer academy from Saturday 24th June to Saturday 1st July 2023. The academy's grand finale is a concert at Oseana by Bjørnafjorden south of Bergen, where Act 4 from La bohème (Puccini) and a reduced version of Die Fledermaus (Strauss II), directed by Ivar Tindberg, will be performed. There will also be a separate aria concert with orchestra where all singers will have a solo number.

The singers start on the 24th of June, before the musicians in the orchestra join on Tuesday 27th of June.

The summer academy is aimed at students over 18 who are currently in education, or who have recently graduated. Our top team of coaches 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.


Directors and founders:
Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Artistic & General Director of Bergen National Opera, and Chief Conductor of Noord Nederlands Orkest
Sascha Goetzel, Music Director 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
Kristin Okerlund, pianist and vocal coach from the Wiener Staatsoper
Hans-Otto Ehrström, pianist and vocal coach from Finnish National Opera in Helsinki

24th of June – 1st of July: Singers, repetiteurs and conductors
27th of June – 1st of July: Musicians 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 1st of July

It is possible to stay the night to the 2nd of July, with breakfast before departure.

A means-tested scholarship is available for applicants. The scholarship could cover parts or all of the fee – and/or high travel costs. Please note: There are a limited number of scholarships.

Fee for singers: NOK 4 500 (shared cabin) /NOK 7 500 (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 for all participants.

Opera by the Fjord - Summer Academy 2023 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.

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