Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (Norwegian: Den Norske Opera & Ballett) is a Norwegian opera company and ballet company. The first fully professional company each for opera and ballet in Norway and the only such professional organisation in the country, it is currently resident at the Oslo Opera House, since the spring of 2008.[1]

Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
Den Norske Opera & Ballett
The logo is a diagonal black line with the name of the company above it.
TypeNational opera, national ballet
Established1957 (1957)
Located atOslo Municipality Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates59°54′27″N 10°45′11″E / 59.90750°N 10.75306°E / 59.90750; 10.75306
CountryNorway Edit this on Wikidata



Founded in 1957, the company had Kirsten Flagstad as its first general manager, from 1958 to 1960, and placed an emphasis on presenting operas and ballets written by Norwegian composers, and Norwegian as the standard language of the opera singers.[2] Subsequent general managers have included Bjørn Simensen. The Ballet School at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet was founded in 1965. In January 2009, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet was reorganized, during the tenure of Tom Remlov as general managing director. The company's current general manager is Nils Are Karstad Lysø.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Den Norske Opera campaigned for a number of years for construction of a new opera house, with preference in the Bjørvika district, a harbour area of downtown Oslo.[3] The Oslo Opera House was opened in the spring of 2008. In 2008 Radio Marconi, an Italian company, installed a seatback multimedia system, from an idea of Geir Mortil of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, allowing audiences to follow opera libretto in other languages in addition to the original language.

The current chief executive officer of the company is Geir Bergkastet. Past artistic directors of the opera company have included Paul Curran (2009–2011)[4] Anne Gjevang (as interim director),[5] and Per Boye Hansen.[6] and Annilese Miskimmon. Randi Stene is the current opera director of the company. The company's current director of ballet is Ingrid Lorentzen, who succeeded Espen Giljane in the post.[7] Past music directors have included John Fiore. In February 2022, the company announced the appointment of Edward Gardner as its artistic advisor, with immediate effect, and as its next music director, effective 1 August 2024.[8]

See also



  1. ^ Ranghild Veire (2011-03-22). "Et vaklende operahus". NRK (Norwegian Radio). Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  2. ^ Nygaard, Jan, "The Theatre System of Norway", in Theatre Worlds in Motion: Structures, Politics and Developments in the Countries of Western Europe (eds. Hans van Maanen & Stephen Wilner). Editions Rodolpi B.V. (Amsterdam, ISBN 90-420-0762-1), pp. 476–477 (1998).
  3. ^ Lotte Bichel (1999-06-14). "Et vaklende operahus". Berlingske. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  4. ^ "Stage Director Paul Curran Named General Manager of Norwegian Opera". Opera News. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  5. ^ Vibeke Johnsen (2011-06-06). "Operasjefen går av". Nettavisen. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ Ranghild Veire (2011-09-26). "Per Boye Hansen blir ny operasjef". NRK (Norwegian Radio). Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  7. ^ Anders Grønneberg and Jan Thomas Holmlund (2011-09-26). "Per Boye Hansen blir ny operasjef". Dagbladet. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  8. ^ "Edward Gardner named as new Music Director of Norwegian Opera & Ballet" (PDF) (Press release). Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 2022-02-03.