Advent Concert: Winter Journey

In the darkest period of the year we invite our audience into a world of longing and loneliness. Sunday 8 December baritone Magnus I. Kjelstad and pianist Christian Grøvlen presents Schubert’s Winterreise in Troldsalen.

Towards the end of his short life, Franz Schubert wrote ‘Winterreise’, to the text by the German poet Wilhelm Müller.

The songs will be performed in Norwegian, re-invented by the Norwegian author André Bjerke in 1976.

The poets tells the story of a young man searching for hope after being betrayed by his beloved. Through the 24 songs, we follow the wanderer and his thoughts and feelings in dialogue with nature, animals and his own heart. But still, Schubert’s musical form and the poetic text gives light to this dark theme:

Snart vil svale vinder stryke
over marken: Gresset gror,
isen brister, og den myke
sne vil smelte som ifjor

From ‘Flom’ (‘Wasserflut’)


Advent Concert in Troldsalen, Sunday 8 December at 13.00
Vinterreisen (Winter Journey) by Franz Schubert, re-invented in Norwegian by André Bjerke

Magnus Ingemund Kjelstad, bariton
Christian Grøvlen, piano

Magnus Ingemund Kjelstad graduated from the Opera Academy in Copenhagen the spring of 2019 where he studied for three years with renowned singing teacher Susanna Eken. He made his debut at the opera in Copenhagen in 2017 and took part in several main stage productions during his studies. In the season ‘19-‘20 at The Royal Theater in Copenhagen he’s singing the roles of Morales and Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen, and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosí fan Tutte. Whilst being a young and promising opera singer, he’s already an experienced and versatile lied- and concert singer. 

Christian Grøvlen "(...) the last in a shining row of Norwegian piano phenomenas(...)" (, has played the piano since the age of 5 and is today regarded as one of Norway's most prominent young and exciting artists. In 2016 he was awarded the Robert Levin Prize in Oslo. In 2017 he was given a two year grant for newly established artists by Arts Council Norway and in 2018 he was awarded the Leonie Sonning Talent Prize in Denmark. Christian made his Copenhagen Debut in 2017 and in the Norwegian National Opera the same year. His first album “Bach – Inside Polyphony” was relased in summer 2017 to great acclaim.

Tickets and booking

Adults NOK 290,-
Bergen Card NOK 250,-
KODE Members NOK 200,-
Students/Children NOK 50,-

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* Adults NOK 290 / Bergen Card NOK 250 / KODE member NOK 200 / Students and Children NOK 50