Norwegian Opera and the Gesualdo Consort at Prague Spring festival

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: