Before the performance

Introductory lectures

For new and experienced opera and ballet goers alike, we recommend our introductory presentation. With sound, visuals and information, our knowledgeable presenters will introduce you to the opera or ballet you are about to see. Introductions start one hour prior to all performances in the Main House and last for approximately 30 minutes. We also offer introductory presentations 30 minutes prior to all concerts in the Main House. 

All introductions are free of charge and open to everyone.
Welcome to the Education Centre  to the right of the stairs in the foyer!

NB! The introductions are in Norwegian.

Premiere discussion

Première discussion

A few days prior to our opera premières we invite you to a discussion of the thoughts and ideas behind the staging, visual effects and dramaturgy of the production. Here, you can meet the stage director and other artists, and see – and hear – excerpts from the production.

The event is free and no ticket is required for entry. The discussions generally take place in the Education Centre (unless another location is specified), and are held in Norwegian and English.

There are no première discussions prior to repeat performances.

Duration approx. 45 minutes.




At Saturdance events you can see excerpts from ballets about to première, and meet dancers, choreographers and Ballet Director Ingrid Lorentzen. The events provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with the dance, and are free and open to everyone. And who knows, perhaps the youngest audience members will also have a chance to test out the dance floor afterwards? The events are held in the foyer.

There are no Saturdance events prior to repeat performances.

I forestillingsprogrammene kan du lese om handlingen, verket og ideene bak forestillingen, og få utfyllende informasjon om det du opplever på scenen.

Dessuten er det en lekker trykksak med fotoer fra prøvesal og scene, som mange ønsker å ha med seg som et minne. Programmene er ferdig trykket til premieredagen, og kan kjøpes i billettluken, foajeen, barene og Operabutikken.