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Trollet på Fantøya (Troll on Crook Island) Various composers

The dramatic landscapes on the short boat journey from Viksdal to the open prison on the island of Ulvsnesøy set the scene for BNO’s fairy tale-inspired opera premiere. One could just imagine trolls lurking in the vertiginous mist-brushed mountains that slope into the steely calmness of the fjord

Norway

BERGEN NATIONAL OPERA

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Staging ***

Bergen National Opera’s singers and staff worked with the entire prison community of 31 inmates and 26 staff on the production of Troll on Crook Island. The inmates who chose not to perform, sing or play an instrument, were involved in other aspects of the project, from erecting and decorating the large marquee to making sets and costumes, organising the boats and knitting square seat covers.

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