The Golden


When to see it



The Grieg Hall


150kr - 750kr


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A grand opera about war, love and a golden cockerel. Directed by Emmy and Tony award winner Mark Lamos. Composed by Rimsky-Korsakov, who also composed the famous symphonic suite Scheherazade.

terning_nett"Amazing singers, staging and scenography" Bergens Tidende

The brilliant Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) wrote his last opera as a fairy tale, but the authorities in his homeland were not fooled: Behind the opera's seductive surface of sensual music and exotic stories lies a story of biting criticism of the Tsar and his efforts in the Russian-Japanese war. Rimsky-Korsakov thus never got to see the Golden Cockerel performed on stage in Russia, however at the opera houses in Paris, London and New York the opera was a great success.

The ageing Tsar Dodon rules over an enormous country, but is being threatened from all angles. His astrologer gives him an unexpected gift, a golden cockerel which will sound an alarm call whenever an enemy is near. As thanks the astrologer may wish for anything he wants. The Tsar goes to war, loses his two sons but meets an attractive oriental princess, who he marries and takes home. There the astrologer awaits his reward...

When Mark Lamos, who baffled the Bergen audience with his production of L'Étoile, returns to Bergen to direct the Golden Cockerel, we can guarantee a visually blending performance. Mikhail Tatarnikov, educated at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire, conducts Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in full scale romantic format, together with international artists and a large choir.

Presented by Bergen National Opera, in cooperation with Edvard Grieg Choir and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Golden Cockerel was first performed 7th October 1909, at Moscow's Solodovnikov Theatre. Read the synopsis here.

Presented by Bergen National Opera, with Edvard Grieg Choir and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Introduction in Norwegian by Gunnar Danbolt in the foajé 1 hour prior to the performance, all days.

29.3 Director Mark Lamos and General & Artistic Director Mary Miller
31.3 Nicolai Riise, Head of Programme at Bergen National Opera
2.4   Asbjørn Eriksen, Professor of Musicology at the University in Oslo
4.4   Nicolai Riise, Head of Programme at Bergen National Opera


Ticket prices between 100-750 NOK. You can buy tickets online (date TBC), or call the Grieg Hall or Billettservice directly, see details below.

The ticket office is situated in Kafé Edvard, just out side the Grieg Hall.
Telephone: +47 55 21 61 50 (local number)
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00-17.00, Thursday 10.00-19.30, Saturday 11.00-14.00.

Telephone: + 47 815 33 133 (call prices may vary)
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00 Saturday 10.00-14.00.
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Duration: Approx. 2,5 hours including break
Number of breaks: 1
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Norwegian


Contributing actors


Mikhail Tatarnikov

Mikhail Tatarnikov is at present Music Director and Principal Conductor at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
He is renowned for his versatility in the opera pit with a wide ranging repertoire including Berlioz, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss and Wagner as well as an extensive knowledge of Slavic scores. Recent highlights include "Nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" at Opera de Bordeaux and a new production of "Onegin" at the Latvian National Opera in Riga.
This season Mikhail will conduct numerous productions at the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres in St. Petersburg including new productions of "Billy Budd", "Romeo et Juliet", "Onegin" and "Pique Dame" as well as "Eugene Onegin" at Teatro alla Scala Milan, "Rusalka" at Bayerische Staatsoper, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He will conduct concerts with Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Moscow House of Music and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society as well as a giving his long anticipated UK debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, followed by an appearance at the London Coliseum with the Mikhailovsky Ballet.
Mikhail has also worked with renowned soloists including Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vilde Frang, Jennifer Larmore and Vadim Repin.


Mark Lamos

Mark Lamos has directed opera productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass, Chicago Lyric Opera and the opera companies in San Francisco, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Washington, Seattle, Dallas, San Diego, Toronto and Gothenburg. His theatre productions have been performed at Broadway and Off-Broadway, by the Lincoln Center, in the Pusjkin-theatre in Moscow, the Stratford-festival in Canada and at theatres all over the USA. Many of Lamos’ productions have been filmed for television, amongst others "Madama Butterfly", which won an Emmy. He also received the Tony Prize as Artistic Director for Hartford Stage. Two of Lamos’ Broadway-productions have been nominated for the prestigious Tony-prize. He has worked with a lot of dramaturges, amongst them Arthur Miller and Edward Albee and also composers like John Harbison, Dominick Argento, Charles Wuorinen and Michael Torke. Lamos is Artistic Director for the Westport Country Playhouse.

Scenography & Costume:

George Souglides

George was born in Cyprus and has lived in Greece and England before moving to France three years ago. He studied 3-D design at Kingston University and Theatre Design at Motley.
Current and recent work includes: I Vespri Siciliani (Freiburg Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (Goteborg), Tristan und Isolde (Kolobov Moscow), The Light in the Piazza (Leicester Curve) and 42nd Street (Chichester Festival). Don Carlo (Sao Carlos, Lisbon); Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Herod Atticus amphitheatre for the Greek National Opera).
Previous work includes: La Damnation de Faust (Chicago Lyric Opera); Otello (Salzburg Festival and Rome); The Flowering Tree (Chicago Opera Theatre); Orphee et Euridice and Il Prigioniero (Greek National Opera); Salome (Malmo Opera); and Blaubart (Bregenz Festival, St Polten and Grange Park), Peace by Aristophanes (Epidauros Festival, Greece); Arcadia and Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre of Northern Greece); The Marriage of Figaro, Maria Stuarda and The Barber of Seville (Grange Park Opera); the world premiere of The Possessed and Xerxes (GNO); Der Freischutz and Arianna in Creta (NRO); Semele (Buxton); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh festival); The Talking Cure, Pterodactyls and The Picture of Dorian Grey (Athens).


Sean Curran

Seán Curran began his dance training with traditional Irish step dancing as a young boy in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to make his mark on the dance world as a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He received a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for his performance in Secret Pastures.

A graduate and guest faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran was also an original member of the New York City cast of the Off-Broadway percussion extravaganza Stomp, performing in the show for four years. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival.

Recent projects include choreography for the New York City Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio, and Acis and Galetea; the Playwrights Horizons' production of My Life with Albertine; and Shakespeare in the Park's As You Like It. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut choreographing Romeo and Juliette, and most recently, he directed Salome for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the San Francisco Opera.

Light design:

Guiseppe di Iorio

Giuseppe di Iorio has worked internationally with light design and scenography for opera, fashion and dance since the 90ies. He is educated at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Tsar Dodon:

Andrew Shore

Andrew Shore is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding singer/actors currently working on the lyric stage. He has performed with all the major opera houses in the UK. Internationally, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera New York, La Scala Milan, Paris Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Lyon, Nantes, Montpelier, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vancouver, Ottawa and Santa Fe Opera. Roles have included the title roles of Falstaff, Wozzeck, King Priam, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, to name but a few.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Kolenaty in Makropoulos Case, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier and Doctor Bartolo in the Barber of Seville. Concert performances include Gotterdammerung with Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Le Nozze di Figaro with Glyndebourne Festival Opera at the 2012 BBC Proms, a performance of extracts from Rheingold and Siegfried with Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet with New London Orchestra and Beethoven 9 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Queen of Shemakha:

Laura Claycomb

Grammy® Award winning soprano Laura Claycomb has firmly established herself as one of the finest operatic coloratura sopranos of her generation, best known for her ethereal high notes, impeccable musicianship and dramatic stage presence. Ms. Claycomb has appeared repeatedly with the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre de la Monnaie, the London Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Le Concert d’Astrée, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Further highlights of her varied career range from engagements at the Salzburg Festival in Austria and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, to the BBC Proms in London and the title role of Linda di Chamounix at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Looking forward to some highlights of the next seasons, Laura Claycomb makes her Glyndebourne debut as Zerbinetta this summer, and will sing her first Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Bregenz Festival. She will return to the role of Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at Houston Grand Opera and to the role of Amina in La Sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theater before she debuts the role of the Princess of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel in Bergen.


Alexander Graf

Alexander Graf has established himself as a first-rate “Spieltenor” having appeared in many of the world’s leading opera companies including the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Basel, Bayrische Staatsoper, Bonn, the Royal Opera House and Grand Théâtre de Genève. His roles have included Norman in Lucia Di Lammermoor, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Monsieur Triquet in Eugen Onegin, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Noticed for his exceptional stage talent and his top C, he made his debut as The Drunkhard in Lady Macbeth of Mzensk in Teatro Real de Madrid - a role which he has since repeated many times, e.g. at the Staatsoper Berlin and in Amsterdam.
Upcoming engagements for the next season includes productions of Die Zauberflöte in Toulon and Sharikov in A Dog’ s Heart in Lyon before he heads to Bergen to play the role of the Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel.

The Golden Cockerel:

Ulrik M. Lullau

Ulrik started his acting career at the tender age of 3. He is now 14 years old and has already played many roles both for theatre and film. In his role as the Golden Cockerel he has studied the movement of birds and thankfully has no fear of heights as the golden birdcage he sits in is sometimes as high as 10 meters above the ground.


Zlata Bulycheva

The Russian mezzo-soprano is currently working as soloist at the Mariinskij Theatre in St. Petersburg. She is educated at the Music Conservartory in St. Petersburg and started her career as a member of the talent program at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart. Bulycheva has performed a range of roles at opera scenes around the world, amongst them Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Carnegie Hall and wit the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Bulycheva has recently performed at the recording of the DVD of Berlioz’ Les Troyens, directed by Valery Gergiev. Her repertoire from Marinskij includes the roles as Amneris in Verdi’s Aïda, Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Delilah in Saint-Saën’s Samson and Delilah and the title role in Carmen. As soloist she has also toured with the Mariinskij Theatre in Europa, USA, South-America and Japan.

Prince Gvidon:

Oleg Balashov

Oleg Balashov was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 1999. He worked as soloist with The Moscow municipal New Opera theatre from 1998–1999 and the Mariinsky Theatre from 1999. Balashov has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the world's leading theatres, among them the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Teatro Real and the Théâtre du Châtelet. He has also been on tour to Berlin, Stockholm, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Washington, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Balashov’s repertoire includes the roles of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Siegmund in Wagner’s Valkyrien.

General Polkan:

Ilja Bannik

Bannik was born in Ukraine and is today working as bass-soloist at the Mariinskij-theatre in St. Petersburg. He has on two occasions reached the final of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia-competition and is a prize-winner of Maria Calla’s International Song Contest. Bannik has performed central roles at e.g. the Glyndebourne-festival, the Welsh National Opera, the Vancouver Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Den Norske Opera in Oslo. His most famous roles include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Barber in Sevilla and Nazarene in Strauss’ Salome. Bannik’s concert repertoire includes the bass roles in Stravinskij’s Les Noces, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s ninth symphony. He has previously performed at the recordings of Rimskij-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, Wagner’s Rhingullet and at The Russian Album with Anna Netrebko.

Prince Afron:

Dmitrij Lavrov

The Russian baritone is educated at the Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg. In 2010 he joined Deutsche Oper am Rhein’s talent programme, and in 2011 he became a member of their ensemble. Roles at the Oper am Rhein include Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and the count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Lavrov won the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in 2011 and in January 2013 he came second in the Paris Opera Awards. His most famous performances include the title roles in Tsjajkovskij’s Eugene Onegin and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Robert in Tsjajkovskij’s Iolanta, Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Shelkalov in Mussorgskij’s Boris Godunov.

The voice of the Golden Cockerel:

Oksana Shilova

Oksana Shilova was born in Russia and took her education at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Having become a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999 she joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007. She has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company throughout Russia and abroad, also performing recitals with Larisa Gergieva in Belgium, Finland, the USA, France and Great Britain. She took part in a production of Shostakovich's operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Opéra de Lyon, in 2006 she sang the role of Lucrezia (Lucrezia Borgia) at De Nederlandse Opera and in the 2008-2009 season she appeared in a new production of Rossini's opera Il viaggio a Reims, performing the role of Madame Cortese.

All play times

  • 29/03 Saturday 18:00

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  • 31/03 Monday 19:00

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  • 02/04 Wednesday 19:00

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  • 04/04 Friday 19:00

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