Den Norske Opera - Oslo
17 December 2017

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Wozzeck

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Un calorosissimo successo sia per i cantanti che per il direttore e la squadra di regia
30 Nov 17 / Connessi all'Opera
Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo
29 Nov 17 / Bachtrack
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

An underwhelming Barber in Oslo
18 Oct 17 / Bachtrack
Tosca

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Bieito's rather bleak outlook on the opera might well be the only really valid way of approaching this work
5 Oct 17 / Opera Journal
Sul podio, Karl-Heinz Steffens chiude la sua prima stagione come direttore principale del teatro
20 Aug 17 / Connessi all'Opera
Tosca

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A web of white packing tape: Calixto Bieito’s Tosca in Oslo
17 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Pelléas et Mélisande

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Le trauma de Mélisande
28 Apr 17 / Altamusica
Keeping up appearances: Pelléas et Mélisande finally receives its Norwegian première
11 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
Carmen

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A man’s world: Bieito’s Carmen revived in Oslo
1 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
La Cenerentola

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Eben noch hat er sie verprügeln wollen, schon zwinkert er ihr wieder zu
28 Jan 17 / FAZ
Rossini ex machina: Stefan Herheim’s Cenerentola in Oslo
24 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Pagliacci

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The most wonderful time of the year? A Christmas Cav & Pag in Oslo
20 Dec 16 / Bachtrack
Cavalleria Rusticana

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The most wonderful time of the year? A Christmas Cav & Pag in Oslo
20 Dec 16 / Bachtrack
Madama Butterfly

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A heart-wrenchingly manipulative Madama Butterfly in Oslo
13 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
War Requiem

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Frighteningly intense: Calixto Bieito directs a devastating War Requiem in Oslo
14 Sep 16 / Bachtrack
Orfeo ed Euridice

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Waiting room blues: Jo Strømgren’s Orfeo ed Euridice in Oslo
31 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Le nozze di Figaro

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Privilege begets privilege
17 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Turandot

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Question mark: Turandot in Oslo
6 May 16 / Bachtrack
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

They had it coming: An unsettling Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Oslo
5 Apr 16 / Bachtrack
Elysium

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Gesang ist kein Privileg des Menschen
16 Mar 16 / FAZ
Elysium, the world premiere
During March Den Norske Opera will give the world premiere of Rolf Wallin's futuristic opera Elysium, with a libretto by Mark Ravenhill.
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

The party’s over: Monteverdi’s Ritorno d’Ulisse in Oslo
21 Jan 16 / Bachtrack
Carmen

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

I like a boy in uniform: a frustrating Carmen in Oslo
10 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Kat'a Kabanova

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Mommie dearest: Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová in Oslo
10 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
Don Giovanni

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Lead us into temptation: Don Giovanni in Oslo
8 Sep 15 / Bachtrack
La Traviata

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

A desert full of people: Tatyana Gürbaca's La traviata in Oslo
29 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
Lohengrin

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Black and white: Oslo’s new production of Lohengrin
12 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
Peer Gynt

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Ein altbekannter Hochstapler als neuer Held
8 Jan 15 / Der Standard
Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere’s new opera is dark and ambitious
3 Dec 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Lies and delusions: Jüri Reinvere's Peer Gynt in Oslo
2 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
Don Giovanni

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Sequined gowns and neon crucifixes: A thought-provoking Don Giovanni in Oslo
22 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Drunken ramblings: Calixto Bieito’s Tales of Hoffmann gets its first revival in Oslo
7 Oct 14 / Bachtrack
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Fish, sex and marching bands
9 Sep 14 / Bachtrack
Alcina

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Compelling playing and singing compensate for the production’s shortfalls
20 Jan 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
Tristan und Isolde

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Oslo. Tristan. Poppycock!
8 May 12 / Seen and Heard
La bohème

Den Norske Opera


No. of reviews: 2

Memories of another past: Stefan Herheim’s La bohème
11 Mar 12 / Seen and Heard
Opulente Oper für eine Krebspatientin
24 Jan 12 / Neue Musikzeitung
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News & Articles

Norwegian Opera music director announces retirement
German Maestro Karl-Heinz Steffens stated that he was unable to engage in “fruitful dialogue” with incoming general manager Annilese Miskimmon over the opera’s artistic development.
26 Apr 2017 / OperaWire
Oslo Opera in 'difficult and serious' economic crisis
Opera & Ballet’s chief executive Nils Karstad Lysø confirmed the Opera and Ballet is in a “difficult and serious” economic situation. Lysø blames it entirely on pension costs.
8 Jul 2016 / Slipped Disc
Elysium, the world premiere
During March Den Norske Opera will give the world premiere of Rolf Wallin's futuristic opera Elysium, with a libretto by Mark Ravenhill.
14 Mar 2016 / Opera with Pearls
'Palace revolt' against director of Norway's national opera
Row erupts between Per Boye Hansen, who has been told to leave when his contract expires, and staff who brand him him ‘moody and self-centred’.
23 Jun 2015 / The Guardian
A national opera is cut adrift
The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet has published a ferocious attack on the management of the Oslo Opera by its veteran critic, Professor Ståle Wikshåland.
28 May 2015 / Slipped Disc