Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
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The new Opera House
For most of the 20th century fierce debate has raged in the Norwegian public sphere about the possible construction of a new opera house. When a construction project finally was agreed upon, the site that was chosen was Bjørvika, an harbour area of downtown Oslo. The Oslo Opera House was opened in the spring of 2008.
In 2008 Radio Marconi, an Italian company, installed a seatback multimedia system, allowing audiences to follow opera libretto in other languages in addition to the original language.
In January 2009, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet was reorganised. Tom Remlov is General Managing Director, and there are directors for opera, ballet and music. The director of the opera company was Glasgow-born Paul Curran. He resigned in June 2011 under pressure for not commissioning enough work from Norwegian composers. Despite this, he managed to bring in some of the most exciting directors in opera today, including Stefan Heirheim, who is Norwegian and rising star Thaddeus Strassberger, who's Nozze di Figaro and The Rape of Lucretia have enjoyed several revivals. The Queen of Norway is reported to have fallen in love with the production of Figaro and watched it several times over inviting friends to watch with her. Music Director (opera, orchestra and concert) is the American conductor John Fiore.
The Ballet School
The Ballet School at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet was founded in 1965 and has for years been the leading school for training in classical ballet in Norway.
It is the National Ballet's own school, and the aim is to give children a thorough and extensive training in classical ballet, and to follow up the National Ballet's great development in recent years. It will be done through a service that maintains a very high level in an international context.
The Ballet School at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet profess not to a particular educational system. Students are taught by a unique team of international ballet teachers with broad and varied background. This gives students a broad stylistic experience base to build on the combination of pure classical technique and versatility as the National Ballet demonstrate and demand.
Important is also the good results of our current and former students in recent years has been the national EBU competitions and the annual Nordic-Baltic Ballet Competition in Sweden and not least in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. These are clear signs that the concerted effort over the years have yielded results, so they are now equal with the balleteducation in the other Nordic capitals, and that they are in position to climb further.
In addition to regular classes,students from the school participate in several of the National Ballet's performances. In The Nutcracker up to 70 children and adolescents participate. This great Christmas idea is thus one of the year's highlights. Another is of course the school's own student performance that is held each year during the spring term.
- Norwegian National Opera and Ballet website (Norwegian)
- Norwegian National Opera and Ballet website (English)