Kirsten Flagstad Festival Announces Livestreamed and Limited-Audience Festival

By Logan Martell
(Credit: Nasjonalbiblioteket – Flickr: Portrett av Kirsten Flagstad, ca 1940-45)

The Kirsten Flagstad Festival has announced that this event will be taking place digitally through digital recordings, as well as live performances with a limited audience in attendance.

The program is also set to include performances for children and families, as well as seminars, interviews, and more.

This year’s festival will also commemorate the 125th anniversary of Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, who was born in Hamar on July 12, 1895.

Here is a breakdown of the schedule (all times are local to Norway).

Thursday June 18

Opening ceremony outside Kirsten Flagstad Museum: 10:00 am.

Opera brunch with Monica Levin: 1:00 pm.

Exhibition opening with festival artist Christopher R. Raadlund: 2:00 pm.

Performance of Norwegian epic poem “Terje Vigen”: 5:00 pm.

Performance of songs from Flagstad’s repertoire: 7:00 pm.

Friday, June 19

Livestreamed tour of Flagstad’s home: 12:00 pm.

Opera brunch with Moa Levin: 1:00 pm.

Conversation between Turid Karlsen and Stefan Herheim: 2:00 pm.

Opera for kids live with TangOpera: 3:00 pm.

Medieval ballads and excerpts from “Tannhauser”: 5:00 pm.

Saturday, June 20 

Conversation with Bernt Ola Volungholen and Roger Andreassen: 12:00 pm.

Opera for kids “The Magic Opera Suitcase”: 3:00 pm.

Party for Flagstad: 7:00 pm.

“Operapub” with the Brothers Jacobsen: 9:00 pm.

Sunday, June 21 

Live performance from Hamar Cathedral: 11:00 am.

Interview with Elisabeth Teige, and performance of Strauss’ “Vier letzte Lieder”: 1:00 pm.

Performances will be streamed from the Festival’s YouTube channel.