From opera ensemble to a centre for performing arts
NorrlandsOperan was founded in 1974. Over the years, we have developed from a regional opera ensemble into a centre for performing arts with regional commissions and a broad range of activities. NorrlandsOperan includes a symphony orchestra and opera, dance, music departments, as well as Vita Kuben - our contemporary art gallery. NorrlandsOperan also has its own production workshops and studios and its own ticket office. The opera house houses a restaurant and bar - NorrlandsOperan Restaurang & Bar operated by an external restaurateur (Fazer Amica).
Both traditional and provocative
NorrlandsOperan's mission is to produce, promote and develop theatrical and artistic works. In addition to its own productions, NorrlandsOperan also hosts touring performances each season. Our yearly programme includes two festivals - the eclectic art festival MADE, held in the spring, and the Umeå Jazz Festival, held in the autumn. Our vision is to provide a venue for new artistic expression and we strive for our work to be characterised by both the traditional and the provocative.
Our regional mission
A number of our own productions tour the local region each year and NorrlandsOperan also collaborates with regional events organisers. These partnerships have created the opportunity for performances to be held at locations throughout northern Sweden. NorrlandsOperan conducts various county-based projects for children and youth, such as dance and music camps and the music competition Musik Direkt.
NorrlandsOperan has collaborated with South Africa's Cape Town Opera since 2004, a partnership that has resulted in the performance of operas like Rusalka, Porgy & Bess, the new work Poet & Prophetess and Peter Grimes. We also have an ongoing partnership in dance and opera with the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Hanoi. For the culture capital year 2014 we are involved in a couple of European projects. Richard Strauss Elektra in cooperation with Barcelona based La Fura dels Baus and a collaborational orchestra project involving the German orchestra Con Brio to name a few.
Our owners and sponsors
Västerbotten County Council owns a 60-per cent stake in NorrlandsOperan, with the remaining 40 per cent being owned by Umeå Municipality. NorrlandsOperan also receives funding from the Swedish Arts Council.
Our sponsors and partners:
Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper. Together with Swedbank, Sparbanksstiftelsen Norrland has also funded the purchase of two violins for use by NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra musicians.