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20 May - 03 June 2020

Opening Concert

with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Einar Selvik, Mari Eriksmoen, Eldbjørg Hemsing & Leif Ove Andsnes

Past events:

Welcome to the grand opening of the 68th Bergen International Festival!

​The Bergen International Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, which has taken place every year since 1953. Though we can’t share the joys of music and the stage in the same physical space this year, we are looking forward to sharing great artistic experiences during the 15 festival days online. This Opening Concert will be hosted by Arild Erikstad from NRK, the Norwegian broadcasting corporation, and the renowned Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen.

The concert features a varied artistic menu, with the festival theme of movement as a starting point, and music from the Festival composer Jörg Widmann, Mozart and Pärt and others. The artists include Wardruna’s Einar Selvik, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, to name a few, and you’ll also hear from the royal family and the prime minister of Norway.

Welcome to an extraordinary festival in extraordinary times!

Available until 20 June 2020. This service is offered by the Bergen International Festival. The music is reproduced with permission by TONO ( Unauthorized performance or copying is illegal.



    • Sjøforsvarets musikkorps
    • Peter Szilvay dirigent
    • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Edvard Grieg Kor
    • Edward Gardner conductor
    • Mari Eriksmoen vocal
    • Leif Ove Andsnes piano
    • Einar Selvik vocal, kravik lyre
    • Eldbjørg Hemsing violin
    • Guro Kleven Hagen violin
    • NRK / Arild Erikstad host
    • Else Olsen S. preparation 
    • Bergen Philharmonic Choir with guests 
    • Greetings by H.R.H Queen Sonja, H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Mayor of Bergen Marte Mjøs Persen

Music by

    • ​Widmann
    • Selvik
    • Nordraak
    • Mozart
    • Pärt


    Jörg Widmann (1973-) 


    Einar Selvik  (1979-) 


    Rikard Nordraak  (1842-1866)

    Ja, vi elsker 

    Trad. / tekst JOHAN NORDAHL BRUN

    Udsigter fra Ulriken 

    Jörg Widmann  (1973-)

    180 Beats per Minute 

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756-1791)

    Ch'io mi scordi di te? (K.505) 

    Jörg Widmann  (1973-)

    Con Brio 

    Arvo Pärt  (1935-)

    Tabula Rasa

Supported by

​H Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige Fond and The Kavli Trust



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