Aria Borealis Bodø is a festival as well as an innovative international singing competition for Early Music singers. The Aria Borealis Bodø Singing Competition is the centerpiece of the biennial festival taking place June 24 – July 2, 2022, in the Arctic town of Bodø, Norway – European Capital of Culture 2024.

All music enthusiasts and lovers of Early Music are invited to enjoy the festival’s concerts, workshops, masterclasses and opportunities to make music together, while at the same time following this unique competition in a town buzzing with Baroque music for over a week.

The competition jury consists of renowned musicians and artists such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, the Artistic Director of Concerto Copenhagen – harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, stage director Stefan Herheim, soprano Tuuli Lindeberg and tenor Anders J. Dahlin.

Aria Borealis Bodø International Singing Competition is aiming to encourage singers to specialize in Early Music performance and to promote Early Music in general, with a particular awareness of the musical interplay between singers and instrumentalists. The competition has a novel and innovative approach, which highlights this interaction as well as emphasizing an active communication with the audience. The Baroque repertoire is at the core of the competition, but elements of folk music will also be explored.

The competition and festival are initiated and developed by Stormen Concert Hall and the collaborative platform Nordic Baroque Scene, comprising Concerto Copenhagen (CoCo) from Denmark, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FIBO), Barokkanerne from Norway and Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Sweden.

Aria Borealis Bodø

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09:00–15:30 CET