In other parts of the world philharmonic orchestras are being closed down, but in Norway a new one has been formed. In a new concept, an entire region is joining forces to develop an unrivalled art institution.
Nordnorsk Opera og Symfoniorkester AS was founded in Bodø on June 18, 2009. With a budget of NOK 62,5 million (2012), the company has already become one of Northern Norway’s largest and most active culture institutions.
The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra has already become northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institution.
The orchestra had premieres in Bodø on August 1st and Tromsø on August 20th, drawing full houses and gaining good reviews at both events. The well renowned Christian Lindberg, who conducted both concerts, is signed as principal conductor and artistic advisor for the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra until June 2016.
The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra has performed one from Valery Gergiev to do Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, tour of China including concerts.
The orchestra has embarked on a major recording collaboration with the BIS label, including world première recordings of music by the most northerly composer in the world Ole Olsen, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 a nd the Swan Lake Suite , and contemporary concertos with world renowned Norwegian Tuba Player Øystein Baadsvik.
Since the start in 2009 the orchestra has extensively toured in the arctic region, thy have toured in China, and to Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on invitation from Valery Gergiev where they played the Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5 with good reviews.
The orchestra has performed with such artists as Mikhail Simonyan, Martin Fröst, Arve Tellefssen, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Marianne Beate Kielland, Ingebjørg Kosmo, Audun Iversen, Arvid Engegaard, Eldbjörg Hemsing, Thomas Söndergård, Inga Juuso, Christian Lindberg, Peter Szilvay, Jörgen Karlström and Stephen Blanchett.
The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra has been arranged as a project orchestra with the ensembles Bodø Sinfonietta and Tromsø Chamber Orchestra as the core, supplemented by The Norwegian Army Band Northern Norway and Landsdelsmusikerne i Nord-Norge. Two local opera companies, Musikkteater i Bodø and Opera Nord, now comprise the Arctic Opera. APO’s administration is located in the cities of Bodø and Tromsø. The local roots in the region are important, but at the same time it is important to look abroad.
“We are doing this because Northern Norway will get a flagship that can create pride in the region and give the residents of the north cultural performances on an equal level as the rest of the country. In addition, I hope the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra can contribute to marketing Northern Norway, the High North and Norway internationally,” said Minister of Culture and Church Affairs Trond Giske when he met the management and staff of the new organisation.
“Music and culture are influenced by the area they come from. Culture provides a sense of identity, roots and belonging.” - Minister of Culture and Church Affairs Trond Giske at the official opening of the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
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