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Shakespeares sonetter engel

by Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright World-renowned director Robert Wilson has taken twenty-five sonnets and created an epic piece of musical theatre, making...


Contemporary circus / Family/children
Copyright © Alexandre Galliez

Pure elegance and flows of adrenaline in a stirring contemporary circus performance. Imagine your grandparents at your age. What were their lives like? The...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Matthew Welch

A magnificent voice from an artist who refuses to be labelled. Vocalist, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright studied opera – for about ten minutes. The...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music / Opera
Copyright © Magnus Skrede

Benjamin Britten's masterpiece is set in a claustrophobic seaside town on England's windswept coast, and is some of the most powerful and theatrical music...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Ester Segarra

A historical world premiere Indigenous and contemporary music are woven together in an imposing new work by Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson, familiar from...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Harald Hoff

Lang Lang has performed for presidents on three continents and four billion viewers at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing. Experience the superstar...


Dance
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

A tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. It is never too late to take to the stage – something which the ladies of Patina are a powerful...


Dance / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Andrew W. Lang

Carmen with a Cuban heart, choreographed by iconic ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. In the wake of his outstanding international career, Carlos Acosta gathered...


Concert / Music / Opera
Copyright © Mirjam Devriendt

Amorous arias and duets sung by Mari Eriksmoen and Johannes Weisser, accompanied by the Baroque ensemble B'Rock under its renowned conductor René Jacobs....


Concert / Dance / Music
Copyright © Kim Wendt

A Finnish overture, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor and Stravinsky's Firebird on new wings. Works by Sibelius and Saariaho mark the beginning of the end of...


Theatre
Copyright © Erik Labbé

887 is a journey into the realm of memory by and with theatre legend Robert Lepage. 887 Murray Avenue is the address of an apartment building in Quebec City,...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music / Opera / Theatre
Copyright © David Baker

Handel's great masterpiece brought to life by video artist Netia Jones, the Baroque Soloists and conductor Bjarte Eike. Messiah by George Frideric Handel was...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music / Theatre
Copyright © Photo Graphic Art

A starving poet. A raven. An awful lot of dying maidens. The British three-man band The Tiger Lillies embrace Edgar Allan Poe, ruffle his hair and laugh at his...


Dance
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Based on refugees' own accounts Carte Blanche examines problems associated with asylum and human perceptions such as taste, sensuality and longing. Refugees...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Steve Ri

The pianist of pianists. When the American pianist Richard Goode recorded all 32 of Beethoven's sonatas in the early 90s, the reviews were unanimous: The disc...


Concert / Music
Crescendo Alisa Weilerstein & JonathanBiss2

Old friends in musical reunion. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Jonathan Biss have been friends since their early twenties, yet have rarely had the...


Concert / Music
Janine Jansen m Denis Kozhukhin og Alisa Weilerstein foto Marco Borggreve

A spearhead on a Strad. Janine Jansen from the Netherlands, one of the world's most famous violinists, is recognised for the vast range of her repertoire. She...


Concert / Music
Mathias_kjoeller_01_high_res

A multinational quartet performs French music written in wartime. 'Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen bring the wonderful colours of their music to life in...


Concert / Music
Jakob Kullberg

Cello suites from Bach to Nørgård, and the world premiere of Kajia Saariaho's new commission, Concordia. Dane Jakob Kullberg is praised internationally for his...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Crescendo musicians in a grand combination of master and apprentice. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Jonathan Biss are Crescendo mentors in 2017. At...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Kevin Leighton

Nobody does contemporary repertoire quite like the London Sinfonietta. Composers including Arvo Pärt, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass, Iannis Xenakis,...


Concert / Music
collage_ Scholl&Halperin_web

Music from the twentieth century with countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Talmar Halperin. 'His voice quality is unquestionably masculine, astonishingly...


Concert / Music
Domkirken

Bergen Domkor (Bergen Cathedral Choir), soloists and a baroque orchestra perform the cantata Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget ihr Saiten! by Johann Sebastian...

Domkirken

Sunday 04 June 2017
kl 11:00–12:30



Concert / Music
Copyright © Nienke Schutte

Informal concerts with a low threshold and a high standard. The students at the Grieg Academy invite you to enjoy great musical experiences during daytime. The...

Johanneskirken

Friday 02 June 2017
kl 12:00–13:00



Concert / Music
Copyright © Morten Krogvold

An evening for songs. – I have long thought that I'm really a 'singer of songs', says Sondre Bratland. As a folk singer he has been renowned for decades, not...


Concert / Dance / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

A vibrant celebration of music, dance, and rhythms from all corners of the world. RIFF is being arranged for the fourth time this year and is bursting with...


Concert / Music
Kammerorkesteret jubilerer_CMH1865_high_res

Classic gems revitalised. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra celebrates its fortieth anniversary during the Bergen International Festival with an entire evening...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Musikalsk galskap_Sødal og DNK i Maxwell-Davies

A world premiere with inspiration from the madhouse. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra continues its 40th anniversary celebrations in Logen Theatre with a...


Concert / Music
Bach med_Bugge Wesseltoft

A meld of classical and jazz. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra round off their evening of celebrations with a two-part concert. It starts with a stage version...


Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Gustav Borgen

Performed in Norwegian without surtitles.


Debate
Ordskifte standard

Logen Teater

Monday 29 May 2017
kl 19:30–20:30



Family/children / Music / Theatre
AlgoRitmo

Thomas Sandberg invites us into his pulsating mathematical and musical universe. AlgoRitmo is a playful musical performance that constantly finds new shapes in...


Concert / Dance / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Talented future artists on the stage all day. The Festival Youth Day at Logen is a free all-day event where Cultural School pupils from all over Hordaland get...

Logen Teater

Wednesday 31 May 2017
kl 10:00–14:30



Dance / Music
Copyright © Jean-Pierre Bataille

Tango party in three acts, open to all dance enthusiasts. New to tango, or an experienced dancer? Either way, you are invited alone or as a couple to join us...


Music / Opera
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Are you a hidden opera star? Now is your chance! The stage is open to all. Anyone who wishes to can throw themselves into the fire. The concept is simple: The...

Logen Teater

Thursday 01 June 2017
kl 22:00–23:30



Concert / Music
Copyright © Andrew Campell

Open master class with Festival Composer Kaija Saariaho. Postgraduate composition students at the Grieg Academy have a rare opportunity to meet and learn from...

Logen Teater

Friday 02 June 2017
kl 10:00–12:00



Concert / Music
Copyright © Dyveke S. Nilssen

With new songs, a handpicked band, and candlelit surroundings, the stage is set for a pleasant and atmospheric evening. Christine Sandtorv's previous merits...


Concert / Music
Copyright © NPG-records

Funky festival night with some serious bass. Danish Ida Nielsen got her life turned upside down when Prince discovered her on the Internet in 2010. Shortly...


Dance / Dramatised concert / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Cindy Hughes

It is never too early to introduce the youngest members of the family to the Fab Four. This is a warm and exciting tribute to the Beatles, adapted for the...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Stephen Freiheit

Melancholy and playfulness from Denmark's great jazz singer. Spontaneity, improvisation, and the pure joy of making music are key words for Sinne Eeg. Her...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Erin Baiano

Pop and Classical with no dividing wall. In her latest project the Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter joins forces with the ground-breaking string...


Concert / Music
Crescendo Jansen, Weilerstein, Biss octet

A star-studded octet celebration in Troldsalen. Janine Jansen, violin, Jonathan Biss, piano and Alisa Weilerstein, cello are joined by young Norwegian...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Erin Baiano

Pop and Classical with no dividing wall. In her latest project the Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter joins forces with the ground-breaking string...


Concert / Music
Vertavokvartetten

Four award-winning string players dazzle – as always. Vertavo Quartet, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014, is considered one of Europe's...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Bjørn Wad

Two quartets meet in late Romantic chamber music. The string quartet Opus13 takes its name from Mendelssohn's popular String Quartet no. 2, opus 13, as it was...


Concert / Music
Lydia Hoen Tjore & Ingrid Andsnes2

Women on the verge – by Lydia Hoen Tjore, soprano and Ingrid Andsnes, piano. Both artists have made their Bergen International Festival solo debut, and both...


Concert / Music
Nordlydkvartetten3

A Finnish celebration from a Nordic quartet. In 2017 it is 100 years since Finland gained its independence. This is celebrated by the newly formed Nordlyd...


Concert / Music
1B1 Ensemble2

Grieg and Saariaho meet the effervescent string ensemble 1B1. For the string players in the Stavanger-based ensemble 1B1, the love of playing and passion for...


Concert / Music
1B1 Ensemble m Sonoko Miriam Welde TELLUS

The effervescent string ensemble 1B1 with violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde from Bergen. For the string players in the Stavanger-based ensemble 1B1, the love of...


Concert / Music
Tomter, Kam og Hadland I+II

Twin concerts from an exceptional orchestral family. Viola player Lars Anders Tomter, clarinettist Sharon Kam and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland give two...


Concert / Music
Tomter, Kam og Hadland I+II

Twin concerts from an exceptional orchestral family. Viola player Lars Anders Tomter, clarinettist Sharon Kam and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland give two...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Sussie Ahlburg

A fine selection of late Romantic piano works and music from the Americas. Argentinian Sergio Tiempo has been a professional pianist since his early teens....


Concert / Music
Ingfrid Breie Nyhus4

Hardanger fiddle tunes on Grieg's grand piano. Pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus has long had a passionate interest in piano music inspired by Norwegian folk music....


Concert / Music
Kathryn Stott3

A Franco-Finnish piano soirée in Grieg's sitting room. French repertoire holds a special place for pianist Kathryn Stott. She has recorded all of the piano...


Concert / Music
Crescendo Alisa Weilerstein3

A cello recital of Bach and Kodály. 'Alisa Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship,' according to...


Concert / Music
collage_CamillaKjøll&GunillaSüssmann

The concert master of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet and a passionate pianist. Camilla Kjøll, violin, has a busy schedule: she is into her first season as...


Concert / Music
Sonoko Miriam Welde m Sergio Tiempo

Grieg and Brahms in Ole Bull's home. Young Bergen violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde has already made a solid name for herself, both as a soloist and as the first...


Concert / Music
Vinner av Den norske solistpris Ludvig Gudim

In 2016 violinist Ludvig Gudim gained not only the title Virtuos (virtuoso) but also the Norwegian Soloist Prize. This concert in the Bergen International...


Concert / Music
Isabelle van Keulen og Kathryn  Stott

A versatile star duo performs French repertoire at Lysøen. Isabelle van Keulen, violin, from the Netherlands and Kathryn Stott from Britain are...


Concert / Music
Trio Bauge og Vebjørn Anvik

A trio of siblings at Siljustøl with a highly personal programme. TrioBauge consists of the Kyvik Bauge brothers Sverre and Einar and their sister Ragnhild....


Concert / Dramatised concert / Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Vidar Hardeland

Enchanting Sunday close to nature in Sæverud’s own paradise. The great family day at Harald Sæverud’s property is a valued and popular tradition. The...

Siljustøl

Sunday 28 May 2017
kl 12:00–16:00



Concert / Music
collage_AmalieStalheim_m_OleHaagenrud&EvaStalheim_2

Amalie Stalheim, cello, has already  made a name for herself in Sweden, and now makes her first solo appearance at the Bergen International Festival. In 2015...


Exhibition
Copyright © Jean-Baptiste Beranger

Jan Groth’s unique position in Norwegian visual art is the result of an unusually consistent artistic project. Over several decades his famous ‘line’ has been...

Bergen Kunsthall

Thursday 25 May 2017
kl 13:00–17:00


Monday–Wednesday, Friday–Sunday 26 May 2017–13 August 2017
kl 11:00–17:00


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Concert / Exhibition / Music
Copyright © Jean-Baptiste Beranger

A musical dialogue with Festival Artist Jan Groth's work. Peter Sheppard Skærved, violinist, performer and storyteller in equal proportions, likes to mix...


Concert / Dance / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Their Majesties the King and Queen will be present during the official opening of Bergen International Festival 2017, which takes place Wednesday 24 May at...

Torgallmenningen

Wednesday 24 May 2017
kl 12:30–13:30



Concert / Music
Grieghallen

Informal concerts with a low threshold and a high standard. The students at the Grieg Academy invite you to enjoy great musical experiences during daytime. The...


Exhibition
HM Dronning Sonja utstilling

Throughout her life, HM Queen Sonja has always had a passionate relationship to the arts and the cultural field. The queen has been an enthusiastic promoter of...

KODE 1

Monday–Sunday 23 May 2017–27 August 2017


Concert / Music / Other events
Copyright © Helge Skodvin

The 90 members of Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BFUng) make their Bergen International Festival debut on the open-air stage in the city square...

Torgallmenningen

Thursday 25 May 2017
kl 14:00–15:00



Exhibition / Family/children
Kulturmønstring

A multitude of visual artistic representations by children and youth. Sculpture, graphics, drawing, painting, film, and performance; these are some of the...


Concert / Music / Other events
Copyright © Espen Winther/WinPics

History in the area of the god of hunting. Ullensvang takes its name from the god of hunting, Ullin. Places with names derived from Ullin were often religious...


Exhibition
Musikalsk skrift

What does a composer’s notepad look like? Ahead of the Bergen International Festival 2017 an exhibition opens at the Bergen Public Library. It follows two of...

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen Public Library)

Monday–Thursday 08 May 2017–07 June 2017
kl 10:00–20:00


Friday 08 May 2017–07 June 2017
kl 10:00–17:00


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Concert / Dramatised concert / Music / Theatre
Copyright © Jørn Lavoll

A celebration of life – and a disturbing yet beautiful concert performance about the basis of our existence. The composer duo Sagn has created a musical work...


Family/children / Theatre
Copyright © La Strada Graz

A wordless, yet eloquent masque. The German ensemble Familie Flöz have specialised in entertaining performances for the whole family, and their productions are...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Steve Riskind/Özgür Albayrak

Master Classes led by Richard Goode, Jan Jiracek von Arnim and Leif Ove Andsnes In collaboration with the Professor Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy, the Bergen...


Club / Concert / Disco / Music
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End the Festival evening on the dance floor! The DJ’s at Lysverket’s night club get inspired by the mighty music programme that fills the city during the...

Lysverket

Thursday 25 May 2017
kl 22:00–01:00


Friday 26 May 2017
kl 22:00–01:00


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Concert / Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

The Bergen International Festival a meeting place for artists of many genres. Each day you will meet some of them on the small stage at Torgallmenningen. 25...

Torgallmenningen

Monday–Sunday 25 May 2017–06 June 2017
kl 16:15–16:30



Concert / Music
Copyright © Steve Riskind/Özgür Albayrak

In the course of five days of master classes, international students of the highest calibre will have honed their technique, working with and receiving...


Contemporary circus / Family/children
Copyright © Alexandre Galliez

Excerpt from Reversible at Torgallmenningen. Supported by Grieg Foundation and the Kavli Trust

Torgallmenningen

Friday 26 May 2017
kl 17:00



Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Helge Hansen

Performed in Norwegian without surtitles.


Theatre
Copyright © Øystein Klakegg

Would you like to join Henrik Ibsen behind the scenes at the DNS theatre? During the Bergen International Festival the world-renowned playwright returns to his...


Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Festspillene i Bergen

This traditional seven-mountain hike is an attraction and a great day out. The Bergen International Festival contributes with musical vitamin injections along...

Festival on the Seven Mountains

Sunday 28 May 2017
kl 07:00–20:00



Concert / Music / Organised hiking / Other events
Copyright © Espen Winther/WinPics

A dive deep into the art of boat building and the Bronze Age. Evidence suggests that Os has been an important and strategic Nordvegen port, with a wealth of...

Os, Oseana Kunst- og Kultursenter and Solstrand Hotel & Bad

Sunday 28 May 2017 19:00–20:15
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Family/children / Music / Theatre
AlgoRitmo

Excerpt from AlgoRitmo. Supported by Grieg Foundation and the Oticon Foundation

Galleriet

Monday 29 May 2017
kl 15:30–15:50



Concert / Food

On select concert days during the festival, you can enjoy a light meal at Troldhaugen's restaurant, In order to do so, please place your order in advance. You...


Family/children / Music / Other events
Papagøyene

Children’s songs to samba rhythms. How does Troll Mother sing in South America? Papagøyene’s repertoire consists of well-known children’s songs rearranged in...

Fløyen, Amfiet

Monday 29 May 2017
kl 12:00–12:45



Concert / Music
Copyright © Ole Jørgen Bratland

Classical launch Crescendo violinist Guro Kleven Hagen and pianist Marianna Shirinyan celebrate the launch of their new album with a free concert at Apollon....

Apollon

Tuesday 30 May 2017
kl 20:00



Concert / Dramatised concert / Music
Copyright © Gustav Borgen

Performed in Norwegian without subtitles.


Club / Concert / Music / Party
Copyright © Ester Segarra

Welcome to more Hugsjá in Tårnsalen after the concert in Grieghallen. You can look forward to musical contributions by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik and to...

Lysverket, Tårnsalen

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Concert / Dramatised concert / Music / Opera
La Passion de Simone ingen kredit 1_web

A chamber opera about a philosopher and political activist. Philosopher and teacher Simone Weil (1909–1943) grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Paris...


Concert / Music
Copyright © Peter Adamik

Club music on string instruments. Stavanger-based 1B1 Ensemble has a thing for trying out new musical fields. On this special concert at Fløien...


Concert / Dance / Dramatised concert / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Festival performance with selected young talents. On this evening performance in the Peer Gynt Hall in Grieghallen you will see and listen to artists who...


Debate / Exhibition

During spring 2017 the Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) are running a master course in collaboration with BIT Teatergarasjen on the subject of transforming...

Sentralbadet

Monday–Sunday 01 June 2017–07 June 2017
kl 11:00–16:00



Concert / Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Tonny Kolås/Den Grønne Sykkel

A symphony of and with two-wheelers. Inspired by Frank Zappa, last year’s Festival Bikes, and the 2017 Road World Championships in Bergen, the BIT20 Ensemble...

Torgallmenningen

Friday 02 June 2017
kl 12:00–12:40



Contemporary circus / Family/children / Other events
Copyright © Massao Mascaro

French acrobatics – high and low. The contemporary circus collective Collectif de la Bascule is renowned for their world-class acrobatics. The performance...

Torgallmenningen v/Sjøfartsmonumentet

Saturday 03 June 2017
kl 12:00–12:35


Saturday 03 June 2017
kl 14:00–14:35



Family/children / Other events
Copyright © Thor Brødreskift

Three days packed with music, dance, theatre, boxcar races, boating activities, veteran cars, guided tours, markets, museums, games and other activities near...

Laksevågparken

Friday 02 June 2017

Saturday 03 June 2017

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Concert / Dramatised concert / Family/children / Music
Copyright © Siv Sivertsen

An enchanting sphere of music, impressions, and perception. In an abstract universe of sound, light, and movement violinist Ingerine Dahl, accompanied by...


Contemporary circus / Family/children / Other events
Copyright © Massao Mascaro

French acrobatics – high and low. The contemporary circus collective Collectif de la Bascule is renowned for their world-class acrobatics. The performance...

Fløyen

Sunday 04 June 2017
kl 12:00–12:35


Sunday 04 June 2017

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Family/children / Music / Other events
Copyright © Ingerid Jordal

An atmospheric free concert at Fløyen by and with Morgonfrosken. Morgonfrosken (The Morning Frog) sings songs about the big questions and topics like the...

Fløyen, Amfiet

Monday 05 June 2017
kl 12:00–12:40



Concert / Music / Other events
Copyright © Espen Winther/WinPics

Ancient sagas and magnificent scenery in historical harmony. Moster and Bømlo constitute an ideal starting point for a Nordvegen work: toolmakers were rife in...




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