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Den Norske Opera & Ballett

(c) Erik Berg
Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Postboks 785 Sentrum, N-0106 Oslo

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Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is the country’s largest institution for music and the dramatic arts, and presents operas, ballets and concerts of the highest artistic quality. Norwegian National Opera & Ballet consists of the companies, Norwegian National Ballet and Norwegian National Opera, in addition to Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera Chorus, Norwegian National Opera Children’s Chorus and Norwegian National Ballet School.  As the only national institution within its art forms, Norwegian National Opera & Ballet also contributes to the further development of creative and producing opera and ballet activities across the country. The institution is organised as a limited company and is wholly-owned by the Norwegian state.

Norwegian National Opera is Norway's only professional opera ensemble and was founded in 1959 with Kirsten Flagstad as its first Director. In 2008 it moved into the new Opera House, consisting of three stages, advanced stage machinery and excellent acoustics. The company currently comprises 9 soloists, 4 apprentice places, Norwegian National Opera Chorus and  Norwegian National Opera Children's Chorus, which have 53 and 70 members respectively. Each season, Norwegian National Opera also engages a variety of national and international guest soloists. Annilese Miskimmon took over as Opera Director August 2017.

Norwegian National Ballet is the only classical ballet company in Norway. Besides classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker the company's repertoire covers works by the internationals masters like Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. The Ballet Director is Ingrid Lorentzen.

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