Singers from the Metrapolitan Opera sends their greetings to the Kirsten Flagstad Festival from New York for the 125-year jubilee. Amongst the artist we will hear are countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and pianist Bryan Wagorn.
Flagstad held a position as a soloist at the Meteropolitan Opera, New York 1935-1941. In the 1930s the operahouse was struggeling greatly due to the great depression. Flagstad made her debut at the Met in the role of Siglinde in The Walküre by Wagner at a matinee Saturday February 2nd 1935. This performance was broadcasted on the radio as they regularly were. This Norwegian debutant was competely unknown, and the turnout was average for this time of crisis. Then, something happened that caught the audience’s attention both in the theatre and those listening to the radio. They heard something new. After the first act people were flocking to the Met’s ticket office, and when the curtain rose for the second act, the theatre was completely filled, which it continued to be every time Kirsten Flagstad sang.
A Digital festival
The Kirsten Flagstad Festival will be ONLINE this year, and will thereby be an INTERNATIONAL festival. We will make Kirsten Flagstads 125 year jubilee available for the entire opera world! We celebrate one of the world’s most famous sopranos, who was called “ The Voice of the century”. For those who do not know, Kirsten Flagstad was born in Hamar July 12th 1895.
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Kirsten Flagstad 125 years anniversary
On July 12th 2020, it will be 125 year since Kirsten Flagstad was born in Hamar. This has to be celebrated despite the current strict rules and in a society which is partly shut down. The Kirsten Flagstad Festival does also celebrate a 15 years anniversary in 2020. Due to this, it was not an option for us to cancel. We will hereby welcome to this year’s DIGITAL festival. In addition we will welcome you to a drive-in-Opera at Hamar Airport, a festival service for a few in Hamar Church, and opera for children where we can have live audience. You may purchase tickets to a concert in Hamar Theatre at Thursday June 18th and another concert in Hamar Cultural House at Saturday June 20th. The rest of our varied programme will be sent directly to you digitally.
Our partners and sponsors
Kirsten Flagstad Festival will thank all our sponsors and partners:
OBOS, Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark, Sparebank 1 Østlandet, Innlandet fylkeskommune, Hamar kommune, Hamar Arbeiderblad and Avis.
We have been given an extra grant from the county council on occasion of the jubilee, which we are immensely grateful for.