Celebration concert for Kirsten Flagstad at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet.

Norways greatest international opera singer and our first manager at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet is celebrated all over Norway.

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An evening in Flagstad's honor will, however, be in Wagner's name. She was first and foremost a legendary Wagnerian interpreter. After the intermission, pieces from Tannhäuser and The Flying Dutchman sparkled from the Main Stage. The evening consisted of pieces from her career including D'alberts Tiefland which was her debut role as 18 years old in 1913.

You can see the celebration concert here!

It was a live broadcast and it's spoken in norwegian. The arias are performed in the original language. A video from the concert will ble released at the end of November.

Conductor of the evening is Finnish Eva Ollikainen. Since 2019, she has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and has made a name for herself throughout Europe for her clear communication, exciting programs, infectious enthusiasm and elegant technique. She is as sought after in the symphonic repertoire as in opera productions, and has conducted both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Semperoper Dresden.

Program
Richard Wagner Lohengrin: Ouverture to 3. act
Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio: Choir, opus 72c / Leonores arie
Eugen d'Albert Tiefland: Nuris arie «Der heilige Sankt Michael»
Henry Purcell Dido og Aeneas: When I am laid in earth/ With drooping wings ye cupids come (Didos lament)
Giuseppe Verdi Aida: Ciel, mio padre-Riverdrai le foreste
Giuseppe Verdi Otello: Salce-arien/ Ave Maria
Emmerich Kálmán Höre ich Zigeunergeigen
Richard Wagner Tannhäuser: Ouverture / Freudig begrüssen wir die edle Halle
Richard Wagner The flying dutchman: Sentas ballade / Steuermann, lass die Wacht
Ludwig van Beethoven from Symphoni nr. 9: Finale

Elisabeth Teige, soprano
Birgitte Christensen, soprano
Renate Ekerhovd, soprano
Eli Kristin Hanssveen, soprano
Marita Sølberg, soprano
Henrik Engelsviken, tenor
Yngve Søberg, baryton
Astrid Norstad, mezzosoprano
Eva Ollikainen, conductor
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