Last Friday, I was treated to night out in Tromsø, to hear Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Technically it’s not an opera, but music for the play: however it’s got singing in, so for the sake of a good title, it’s an opera!
The concert took place in the Domkirken (the actual cathedral, as opposed to the ‘Arctic Cathedral’ over the bridge which is a parish church). Everyone involved was relatively young, and the production had a fresh feel to it. The story teller was the well known actor and broadcaster Ketil Høegh (and very funny). The vocal soloists were excellent, including Berit Norbakken Solset from Finnsnes (her father was with us on the trip). All in all a great evening.
At the risk of minimizing the concert, the journey was also spectacular, traveling on two of the large Hurtigruten boats. There was no photography (reasonably enough) in the concert, so below are pictures of:
- The journey there (11.45 am – 2.30 pm) on the luxury Trollfjord, including
- a panorama from Gibostad to Bjorelvnes (the churches closest together located about a mile apart, but an hour drive because of the sea!)
- the mountains of Senja
- inside the Trollfjord, including artwork by famous artist Kaare Espolin Johnson, the main observation lounge and the crush to leave the ship at Tromsø
Verdensteateret in Tromsø. Norway’s oldest cinema which is still in use today and is decorated with large paintings depicting Norwegian folk songs.
- The journey home (1.30 am – 4.30 am !). The sky and hills are amazing in the early morning light. In places the sea takes on an almost glass like appearance.
Don’t forget, if you click on the ‘permalink’ link below the photos, you can zoom in and out for more detail, especially on the panoramas.
That evening, we also spotted Hilary Clinton. See the previous post for pictures.
Sarah and Susanna arrive tomorrow via Toronto (Norwegian strikes permitting). I also now have my Norwegian social security number and a bank account, so there is just an outside chance I might get paid this month!