The Troubadour

The Troubadour (1945) was an opera production by The National Stage, based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi (music), Salvatore Cammarano (libretto) and Leone Emanuele Bardare (libretto).

Solveig Engelsgaard directed it.

Sverre Jordan conducted it.

Per Grønneberg sang the role of Count Luna.

Svanhild Helland Hansen and Sofie Bull Øvrevik sang the role of Leonora.

Arne Hendriksen sang the role of the troubadour Manrico.

Randi Lindtner Næss sang the role of Azucena.

The Troubadour was the first production to be performed at The National Stage after the liberation of Norway after World War II. During opening night, both the royal anthem and the Norwegian national anthem were sung by the audience in unison.


(Objekt ID 63942)
Object type Production
Premiere May 12, 1945
Produced by The National Stage
Based on The Troubadour by Giuseppe Verdi, Salvatore Cammarano, Leone Emanuele Bardare
Audience Adults
Number of events 32
Language Norwegian
Expressions Opera, 2nd World War
Running period May 12, 1945  


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Name Role
Leone Emanuele Bardare – Libretto
Salvatore Cammarano – Libretto
Nils-Reinhardt Christensen – Translation
Solveig Engelsgaard – Direction (overtok fro Bjørn Talén som ble syk)
Bjørn Talén – Direction (Talén ble syk)
Sverre Jordan – Musical Management
Giuseppe Verdi – Composer
Per Schwab – Stage design
Norma Balean – Singer (Inez)
Per Grønneberg – Singer (Greven av Luna)
Svanhild Helland Hansen – Singer (Leonora)
Arne Hendriksen – Singer (Trubaduren Manrico)
Randi Lindtner Næss – Singer (Azucena)
Sofie Bull Grieg Øvrevik – Singer (Leonora)
Performance dates
May 12, 1945Store Scene, The National Stage – Opening night