The Arctic Opera was formed a year ago by Musikkteater i Bodø and Opera Nord in Tromsø, and represents the entire region.
Arctic Opera will perform Puccini's La Bohème in spring 2012 together with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and its principal conductor, Christian Lindberg. Puccini's music and portrayals of the artistic environs in Paris are equally irresistible, whether you are hearing it for the first time or the tenth time.
In one of the most romantic dramas in opera history, we follow the romantic couple Mimi and Rodolfo from their first meeting on Christmas Eve in Paris, through a stormy love story, break up and their final reunion on Mimi’s deathbed.
The premiere of La Bohème will take place in April-May 2012, and opera singers from throughout the country have flocked to the Arctic Opera’s auditions. Almost 50 singers attended the audition at the Opera House in Oslo, while eight attempted to gain a role in La Bohème by singing at the audition in Tromsø, informs NOSO’s Opera Director Katharina Jakhelln Semb. Along with Sigrid Strøm Reibo, who will direct the performance of Puccini’s famous opera, the opera director is on the jury which will make the difficult decisions about which singers land the various roles.
The date for the premiere performance is yet to be finalised, but NOSO’s Director of Marketing and Communication, Ingrid Wiesener, promises Tromsø opera enthusiasts a wonderful, full stage version in April-May 2012.
The Arctic Opera is stepping up for the 100th anniversary in 2014for Alf Prøysen by producing a brand new Norwegian opera for children about Mrs. Pepperpot! And what could be better than an opera about the exciting and strange life of the world’s smallest old woman?
The new family opera Teskjekjerringa og prinsesse Pompadur (Mrs. Pepperpot and Princess Pompadour) is coming to Narvik, Bodø and Tromsø in March/April 2011. Trond Brænne has written the libretto based on Alf Prøysen’s well known literary figure. The music is composed by Per Arne Glorvigen and Lage Robak. The Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra is targeting young and old alike and for the first time is producing an opera from scratch.
Collaboration partners are Musikk i Nordland, Narvik Winter Festival, Teskjekjerringoperaen AS and Norsk Barneopera in Lillehammer.
In February 2011, in conjunction with the premier of the new opera, Norwegian publisher Gyldendal will release the picture book Teskjekjerringa og prinsesse Pompadur . This is the prose version of Trond Brænne’s libretto. The picture book is illustrated by Annine Qvale. Prior to that on October 29, 2010, Gyldendal will release Den store Teskjekjerringboka (The Big Mrs. Pepperpot Book) featuring all the stories about Mrs. Pepperpot in one complete collection, beautifully illustrated by pictorial artist Annine Qvale.
The Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to contribute to conveying new interpretations of Alf Prøysen’s figure to new generations and has engaged Norway’s leading stage director Stein Winge and the Czech scenographer Pavel Dobrusky to produce the new opera.
Veslefrikk by Knut Vaage and Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen was next on the programme. The world premier of this exciting work was in Tromsø, and the production then travelled to Bergen. In November Veslefrikk will compete with four other productions for first place in the international opera competition Mezzo Television Opera Competition. The performance then will be broadcast live from Hungary to 40 countries!
The autumn opera season in Northern Norway opened with a tremendous production of Bizet’s Carmen in the form of Ingebjørg Kosmo. With Christian Lindberg conducting the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, fantastic mostly North Norwegian soloists and a local choir, this was a roaring success with full houses in both Bodø and Tromsø.