For ten years, Bergen National Opera has been building a unique identity, bringing a wide range of opera to the Norwegian people. A people of the outdoors, skiing and hiking, many Norwegians may have thought that opera meant entertainment of a somewhat high-brow character. However, over the years Bergen National Opera has captured the hearts of the locals by storm. “Opera is still a very young art form in Norway, and traditionally only the big and famous performances were being played. Thus, when we started we wanted to bring new things to the country and explore the entire sphere of opera together with the people of Bergen,” says opera director Mary Miller.