Open-Air Opera At Historical Oscarsborg Fortress

Oscarsborg festning kveldEvening at Oscarsborg Fortress located to the left 

Just a short ferry ride from Oslo, you can experience the spectacular open-air opera “Elskovsdrikken” (The Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti at the bygone Oscarsborg Fortress.

In brief, the opera is about Nemorino who is in love with the beautiful Adina. Unfortunately, she is charmed by the newly arrived officer Belcore, and the two decide to marry. After drinking a little “elixir of love”, Nemorino starts planning how to win Adina’s hand before she marries Belcore.

The Elixir of Love is a wonderful mix of love, deception and despair. All mixed with a good dose of humor and wrapped with beautiful music.

Best Acoustics In Norway

Oscarsborg festning ElskovsoperaenThe Oscarsborg Fortress located in the Oslofjord has been open to the public all summer, and according to opera producer Anne Schinrud they can offer an exciting and alternative opera performance.

– Here you can feel free to come straight up from your boat, buy a beer and sit right down. We hope this can motivate people to become more interested in opera, she says.

Although the show takes place outdoors, none of the soloists requires microphones.

– This is definitely the best outdoor acoustics in Norway, says conductor Terje Boye Hansen. He has conducted every performance at Oscarsborg Fortress since the productions began in 1998.

A New Taste Of Love

The acclaimed Norwegian director (and Emmy-nominated actor) Stein Winge has extensive experience from international productions, but he loves to work at Oscarsborg.

– This is an absolutely wonderful place. This year’s performance is very special because of the exclusive acoustic, Winge says.

– Winge’s participation has definitely revolutionized the performance. No one has ever tasted such an elixir of love, an excited Schinrud said before the premiere.

The arena can take up to 1500 spectators.


Upcoming Performances:

Wednesday August 21st: 7:30 pm

Friday August 23rd: 7:30 pm

Saturday August 24th: 730 pm

Click here for tickets.



The Oscarsborg Opera is a non-profit foundation established in 1998. Since then, they have set up well-known operas suitable for outdoor performances annually.

This year’s production is “The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti, directed by Stein Winge. Conductor Terje Boye Hansen, designer Ingeborg Berneth and set designer Benoit Dugardyn.

Orchestra Oslofjord Kammerfilharmoni, and Oscarsborg Opera Choir conducted by David Maiwald

Ferries from Oslo, Sandvika and Drøbak.

Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews

Source: Oscarsborgoperaen

Photo: Forsvarsbygg

Categories: Culture, Eastern Norway, Music, Travel

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