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20 May - 03 June 2020

Future Opera

World premiere
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​Two world premieres in one performance.

Two young composers explore how we communicate with each other. Do we really understand what the other person is saying? Or are we talking past each other? 

Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due mainly expresses himself in melodic phrases, while Icelandic composer Bára Gísladóttir writes music completely without melody. This promises to be an exciting double performance where two very different musical expressions find their basis in the mutual theme of communication. Both composers have two singers and six musicians putting music to words that lead to misunderstandings and embarrassing situations, but also to clarification and laughter.

The operas are being developed in Bergen and Reykjavik on commission by the Bergen National Opera and the Icelandic Opera, and has an international group of mentors comprised of composer Ondrej Adamek (Czech Republic), director Sjaron Minailo (Netherlands), playwright Krystian Lada (Poland) and conductor Stephen Higgins (UK). 

After the world premiere in Bergen, the performance continues on to Operadagen Rotterdam and to Dark Music Days (Myrkir músíkdagar) in Reykjavik.

Photo: Vizerskaya/BNO



​1 h 15 min


  • Standard: 350 
  • Senior: 315 
  • Under 30/student: 190 
  • FiB Fordel until 11 March: 245 
  • FiB Fordel from 12 March: 280  
  • BT Fordel: 262

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    • Nika Goric  soprano      
    • Daniel Norman  tenor             
    • Elena Postumi piano           
    • Björg Bryansdottir flute            
    • Petur Bjornsson violin           
    • Zoe Martlew cello            
    • Mark van de Wiel clarinet       
    • Jennifer Torrence percussion 

Presented in partnership with

​Bergen National Opera and the Icelandic Opera

Music by

  • Barratt-Due
  • Gísladóttir


  • Bára Gísladóttir (1989–) 
  • Peder Barratt-Due (1993–) 
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