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This evening's performance has not been cancelled

Tuesday 6th and Friday 12th of June, opera by phone


Ring numbers below for a chat with an Usher a singer, director, costume designer, make-up person, etc – all closely related to an opera which has been cancelled due to Covid-19.


When the Theatrophone emerged in the late 1800s, this new and fashionable way of listening to opera soon gained avid supporters. Music loving Victorians, King Luis I of Portugal and the famous French writer Marcel Prost would all listen remotely to live performances at the Paris Opera via the Theatrophone. Now, you too can connect to operas all over Europe, when Bergen National Opera invites you to reach for your phone and dial in to the audio art project THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED.

The 2020 update includes more than a wireless connection. As you dial in you meet real people on the other end: a singer, director, costume designer, make-up person, etc – all closely related to an opera which has been cancelled due to Covid-19. You may also choose to listen to an aria, link to the special website, or hop between opera houses.


HOW DOES IT WORK There are many different languages to choose from, but English is available from all our partners. If you call our Norwegian number, you will hear the choices in Norwegian and English. If you call Spain you will have a choice between Spanish and English, and so on. Wherever you want to call, you start by dialing the number that is local to you, you can still choose to be transferred to another country. Local costs apply.

The event promises both unexpected conversations and exciting meetings about opera.



PARTNERS AND OPERA PERFORMANCES Bergen National Opera, Norway / La clemenza di Tito by Mozart Garsington Opera, UK / The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart The Airport Society, Belgium / Symphony of expectation by Schönberg and Berio Muziektheater Transparant, Belgium / Usher by Debussy & Van Parys Teatro Real Madrid, Spain / Achille in Sciro by Corselli Dutch National Opera, The Netherlands / Rusalka by Dvořák Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland / Voyage vers l'espoir by Jost Wuppertaler Bühnen, Germany / La Boheme by Puccini Staatsoper Hannover, Germany / The murder of Halit Yozgat by Frost

The operas Rusalka and The murder of Halit are presented by the Holland Festival, in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera (De Nationale Opera) and Staatsoper Hannover respectively.


WHEN CAN YOU CALL? Sunday 31st May and Tuesday 2nd June during the Bergen International Festival Friday 12th June during the Holland Festival in Amsterdam

All three evenings at 7:30PM to 9:30PM CEST (which is the same as Norwegian Time), this means at 6:30PM to 8:30PM BST (British Summer Time).

THE PHONE NUMBER YOU CALL FROM NORWAY IS 56 99 99 58


ARE YOU CALLING FROM ABROAD? Here is the full list of phone numbers per country:

Norway: +47 56 99 99 58 The Netherlands: +31 (0) 20 -7168 434 United Kingdom: +44 (0) 207 741 0077 Switzerland: +41 (0) 445 800 526 Belgium: +32 (0) 240 19133 Germany: +49 (0) 202 7169 9414 Spain: +34 914 146 601 Sweden: +46 (0) 850 662 774 Finland: + 358 923 195 616 Denmark: +45 787 237 03 Austria: +43 720 022 865 Poland: +48 221 530 708 France: +33 (0) 170 759 181 Ireland: +353 (0) 144 7529 Italy: +39 (0) 236 049 224

A PROJECT BY ZOË IRVINE The Scottish artist Zoë Irvine primarily works with sound, voice exploration, field recordings and the relationship between sound and image. She is also a sound designer and lecturer in sound for film. Her fascination for telephone-based work has also been explored in the art projects Your Voice is You (2015) and DIAL-A-DIVA (2005).


THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED will take place at the Bergen International Festival 31st May and 2nd June 2020. Our two other projects at the festival, Salome by Strauss - the opening concert, and Future Opera, are both cancelled due to Covid-19. After the festival this performance will be part of the program at Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

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