Norwegian Opera and the Gesualdo Consort at Prague Spring festival

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As part of the programme of the Prague Spring international music festival currently underway in the Czech capital, the State Opera in Prague has presented the world premiere of a Norwegian opera, called 'Circus Terra." Circus Terra is the second Norwegian opera to be premiered outside Norway, and coincidentally the first one was also premiered in Prague - in the year 1900.

Circus Terra is a joint project that features singers from the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, but the conductor, choreographer, costume-designer and stage designer are from the State Opera in Prague. I spoke with composer Trygve Madsen, and asked him to introduce us to his opera: