Date: February 2 to 18, 2017
Translated as the opera weeks, Operafestukene is a 17-day opera gala hosted along the western coast of Norway during the month of February. The festival takes place in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county in the small town of Kristiansund which is the administrative center of the municipality. Known as a recognized opera city, Kristiansund congregates Norway’s oldest opera festival, which was established in 1928 by Edvard Bræin, a Norwegian choir and orchestra composer and conductor. Each year several of Norway’s most dedicated musicians come together with local talented artists resulting in full-scale opera, operettas and musicals. Not only does this city offer free performances in cafes, restaurants and shopping malls in addition to the concert events but also a candid picture of exceptional coastal architecture that survived bombings from World War II.