Ready for the national finals
Twenty singers competed for a spot in the national finals, and all of them impressed the judges and audience. Menno Feenstra, Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, chairs the panel of judges.
The five finalists are Mariann Fjeld Olsen (27), Nina Margrete Gravrok (28), Ingrid Vetlesen (25), Yngve André Søberg (28) and Rita Ziem (21). All the finalists will perform arias accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra during the national finals in Bergen on 26 April.
The winner of the national finals will qualify to participate in the international segment of the competition to be held in Oslo on 16-23 August. Some 50 singers from around the world will compete for concert engagements with several large orchestras as well as at festivals and opera houses. Cash prizes totalling over NOK 300,000 will also be awarded.
Her Majesty The Queen will award the prizes following the final concert at Oslo Concert Hall on 23 August.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.