Politician Anette Trettebergstuen will open this jubilee year’s Kirsten Flagstad Festival. Even though this year’s festival will be somewhat different than usual, there will be a traditional opening event with a wreath laying ceremony outside Kirsten Flagstad’s home, Strandstuen in Hamar. This is where the world-famous Norwegian singer was born. Kirsten Flagstad herself often stressed the importance of her connection to her hometown.
The Kirsten Flagstad Festival is created on initiative from Hamar municipality. Musikkens Venner, Hamar og omegn, were given the assignment to make the wish of a festival named after Hamar’s famous daughter come true. This year we celebrate the 125-year jubilee of her birth.
Right after this LIVE opening, you can hear Elisabeth Teige sing the Vier Letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss from the Opera in Oslo. Watch this on our YouTube channel.
Kirsten Flagstad premiered the gorgeous songs at the Royal Albert Hall, 22nd May 1950 with conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.
The audience can participate at the opening, but you will need to book a ticket through TicetCo, in order to register. There are 30 available tickets. Remember to stay at home if you experience any symptoms of a cold.
You can book a ticket by pressing “billet” at the left on this screen.
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.