Mona Levin in conversation with Lise Davidsen about her career, dreams, experience and the road ahead. The conversation is recorded in the foyer at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo in front of the great painting of Kirsten Flagstad, for the marking of her 125 year jubilee.
Flagstad was the first director of the Norwegian National Opera, 1958-1960. During this period she worked without receiving any wages, and donated a substantial amount of her own funds to hire a handful of young talented singers and stipends. She also contributed funds so that the Opera orchestra could hire 35 musicians instead of the 28 that were available from the National theatre’s orchestra.
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