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Anna Karenina

Photo: Erik Berg. Eugenie Skilnand
26. October–16. November
Main Stage
2 h 15 min / 1 break

Everything for love

Anna Kareninahas been called the greatest work of literature ever written. The Norwegian National Ballet is once again dancing Leo Tolstoy’s engaging and bitter love story.

“Anna Karenina is not only a story about families, but about an entire society, with hints of the Russian revolution and even communism. It is a masterpiece.” These are the words of Christian Spuck, the German choreographer who turned Anna Karenina into a character-driven classical ballet in 2014.

In demand

Zurich Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet have joined forces to produce Anna Karenina, which the magazine Dance Europe proclaimed to be the best ballet premiere in 2014. After premiering in Zurich and performing in Oslo in 2016, the ballet has been danced around the world.

Anna Karenina meets Vronskij during a train ride between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Before long, she can no longer imagine returning to her husband and family life but must make a fateful choice between family – and her son – and an all-consuming love. This takes place among the rustling of dresses and gossiping at parties in the upper class of which she is a part.

Grand music

Christian Spuck has chosen to set the ballet to music by Russian composer Sergej Rakhmaninov and Polish composer Witold Lutosławski. The music is performed by the piano soloist Håvard Gimse and the Norwegian Opera Orchestra and Ingebjørg Kosmo sings an interpretation of several of Rachmaninoff's Russian folk songs.

Anna Karenina is a co-production between Zurich Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet.

  • Free introduction in Norwegian one hour before the performance
  • Pre-order intermission refreshments at the opera:


Artistic team and cast

  • Choreographer
    Christian Spuck
  • Music
    Sergej Rakhmaninov, Witold Lutosławski, Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Josef Bardanashvili
  • Set designer
    Christian Spuck, Jörg Zielinski
  • Costume designer
    Emma Ryott
  • Lighting designer
    Martin Gebhardt
  • Dramaturgy
    Michael Küster, Claus Spahn
  • Video design
    Tieni Burkhalter
  • Sound collage
    Martin Donner
  • Conductor
    Robert Servenikas
  • Performers
    The Norwegian National Ballet, The Opera Orchestra, Håvard Gimse (piano), Ingebjørg Kosmo (mezzo soprano)
100–795 kr
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  • Saturday 26. October
    18.00 / Main Stage
  • Monday 28. October
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 30. October
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 5. November
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 7. November
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 9. November
    15.00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 13. November
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 15. November
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 16. November
    18.00 / Main Stage