The Norwegian National Opera.
The new children's opera "Purriot og den forsvunne bronsehesten" will have its world premiere at The Norwegian National Opera on May 12. The music is by Gisle Kverndokk, and the libretto by Bjørn F. Rørvik, based on his children's book by the same name, illustrated by Ragnar Aalbu. Stage direction by Heidi Bruun Nedregaard, costumes and stage design by Chinelle Markovic and lighting design by Dorthe Wiig Andresen. The opera is commissioned and written for and performed by The Children's Chorus at The Norwegian National Opera.
The Norwegian National Opera.
Gisle Kverndokk and Øystein Wiik's newest musical is "Fanny and Alexander" based on Ingmar Bergman's filmatic masterwork. A workshop reading of the musical will take place on March 5. at Dramatikkens Hus in Oslo, at 18:00. This is produced by Musikkteaterforum in collaboration with The Norwegian College of Musical Theatre, Landestheater Linz and Musik & Bühne Verlag.
Some of Norway's greatest musical- and opera-stars will be performing, along with students from The Norwegian College of Musical Theatre:
FRU HELENA EKDAHL – Guri Egge
OSCAR EKDAHL - Trond Teigen
EMILIE EKDAHL - Eli Kristin Hanssveen
ALEXANDER - 1. akt: Henriette Refsnes Lerstad – 2. akt: Anna Amalie Kjelstad
FANNY – Josefin Tønnessen
CARL EKDAHL – Lasse Vermeli
LYDIA EKDAHL – Trine Wenberg Svensen
GUSTAV ADOLF EKDAHL – Teodor Janson
ALMA EKDAHL – Solveig Andsnes
PETRA – Kornelia Sletten
JENNY – Andrea Rymoen
MAJ – Dyveke Sæther
ROSA – Hannah Therese Engen
ISAK JACOBI – Knut Skram
ARON RETZINSKY – Håkon Liknes Askheim
ISMAEL RETZINSKY – Christina Sparre Sole
EDVARD VERGERUS – Erik Wenberg Jacobsen
FRU BLENDA VERGERUS – Solveig Andsnes
HENRIETTA VERGERUS – Trine Wenberg Svensen
FASTER ELSA BERGIUS - Amalie Tolo
FRØKEN JUSTINA – Jannicke Berg De Flon
FILIP LANDAHL – Kent Sæterøy
MIKAEL BERGMAN – Torgeir Aase Løseth
DOKTOR FÜRSTENBERG – Jan Gunnar Garlid
POLITIKOMMISÆR GANTELIUS – Christoffer Mæland
ENSEMBLE: Josefin Tønnessen, Kornelia Sletten, Andrea Rymoen, Dyveke Sæther, Hannah Therese Engen, Håkon Liknes Askheim, Christina Sparre Sole, Amalie Tolo, Jannicke Berg De Flon, Kent Sæterøy, Torgeir Aase Løseth, Jan Gunnar Garlid, Johannes Aas, Christoffer Mæland , Henriette Refsnes Lerstad (2. akt) , Anna Amalie Kjelstad (1.akt)
Komponist: Gisle Kverndokk
Manus/libretto: Øystein Wiik
Regi 1 workshop: Aksel-Otto Bull
Regi 2 workshop: Matthias Davids
Pianist/repetitør: Tove Kragset
Musical Director: Tom Bitterlich
Oversetter/dramaturg: Arne Beeker
Here are excerpts from the New York Opera Society staged reading of "Letters from Ruth" September 24. - 2017:
Act 1, Scene 4,5,6:
Act 1 Scene 16:
Act 2, Scene 1:
Act 2, Scene 6:
Act 2, Scene 9:
Act 2, Scene 10:
The new musical "The Name of the Rose" by Gisle Kverndokk and Øystein Wiik, based on the novel by Umberto Eco, will have its world premiere at Domstufen Festspiele in Erfurt, on August 9., 2019.
November 26. 1942 is one of the darkest days in Norwegian history. On that day, 529 Norwegian Jews were deported with the ship D/S Donau, to the death camp Auschwitz. Only 9 survived. The young girl Ruth Maier was among those who were deported, and she was killed, together with all women, children and older men, in the gas chambers upon arrival.
HL-senteret in Oslo will have a commemoration of this at Universitets Aula on Sunday 26. November. At this event an excerpt from the musical "Ruth Maier" (Letters from Ruth) by Aksel-Otto Bull and Gisle Kverndokk, will be performed by Jannike Kruse as Ruth Maier and Silje Lundblad as Gunvor Hofmo, with Gisle Kverndokk at the piano.
Here is the full video of the event: The excerpt from "Ruth Maier" is on 52:50
75-års markering for deportasjonen av jødene i Norge med D/S Donau
As part of the New York Opera Society's concert "The There lives of Rosina Almaviva" - a program based on the Figaro Trilogy by Beaumarchais, Gisle Kverndokk and Ansel-Otto Bull has written a scene from the third play "The Guilty Mother". The world premiere will be at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The cast includes Kate Maroney, Gustavo Ahualli, Andrew Bidlack, Helen Karloski and Alisa Jordheim. Musical direction by Andrew Rosenbaum, stage direction by Andrew Bidlack.
"The Silk Road" a Wind Octet with Double Bass commissioned by Oslo Kammerakademi, was premiered at The Oslo Opera House on November 5 by Oslo Kammerakademi. The work is based on folk music from the silk road:
Venice: Song of the Silk Merchants
Turkey: Don’t leave any Hazelnuts on the Tree
Armenia: You are a Ploughman
Azerbaijan: Shampan Ragsi - Country Dance
Iran: Khayam and the Pots
Afghanistan: Atan – Nomad Dance
Uzbekistan: Morning in the Desert
Kyrgyzstan: Shepherd’s Melody
Mongolia: Dance Melody
China: I love you, Snow in the North
"Straddling opera and musical theatre, Letters from Ruth, with music by Gisle Kverndokk and text drawn from Maier’s diaries by the composer and Aksel-Otto Bull, is a moving chamber piece that traces Maier’s life from her youth in Vienna to her time in Norway and eventual arrest. Attentively presented with impressive cohesion by a cast that had first rehearsed together only two days before Sunday, the afternoon proved consistently compelling in its score and its dramatic objectives"
Read the review in Washington Classical Review Here
The chamber musical "Letters from Ruth" by Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull will have a staged reading at The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, on September 24. The show is produced by New York Opera Society. The cast includes Alisa Jordheim as Ruth Maier, Helen Karloski as Gunvor Hofmo, Molly Allen as Judith, Sarah Murphy as The Mother, and John Tiranno, Shannon Devine and Kenneth Overton in multiple roles. Musical direction by Andrew Rosenbaum and stage direction by Raquel Barber Vidal.
"Letters from Ruth" is based on "Ruth Maier's Diary - a Young Girl's Life under Nazisim" by Jan Erik Vold.
The world premiere production of the musical "In 80 Tagen um die Welt" by Gisle Kverndokk and Øystein Wiik, at Landestheater Linz won 6 awards at the Deutscher Musical Theater Preis at The Wintergarten in Berlin on September 18. The production was nominated in 11 categories, and won for Best Musical, Best Direction (Matthias Davids), Best Choreography (Simon Eichenberger), Best Costumes (Susanne Hubrich), Best Scenography (Hans Kudlich) and Best Supporting Actor (Rob Pelzer).
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