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 festival taking place in the arctic town of Bodø, Norway, June 24 – July 2, 2022. 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.


Follow a competition created to encourage singers to delve into the Early Music repertoire with a particular awareness of the musical interplay between singers and ensemble.

The main events:

  • Monday, June 27, 17:00 CET: Aria Borealis Bodø, live competition round 1, concert A
  • Monday, June 27, 20:30 CET: Aria Borealis Bodø, live competition round 1, concert B
  • Saturday, July 2, 17:00 CET: Aria Borealis Bodø, live competition round 2


The jury

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In addition to the competition concerts, the jurors and other international artists and ensembles will, together with the four orchestras of the Nordic Baroque Scene, contribute to the festival program, with chamber concerts and exciting crossover concerts. We recognize the close relationship between Baroque music and other genres and will make this festival a unique musical party of music making and comradeship across the often artificial genre boundaries.

Full concert calendar to be announced in January 2022.


Master classes and workshops will be led by jurors, festival musicians and internationally known instrumentalists from the most important academies and conservatories throughout Europe.

This is where we will create a living and vibrant village of musicians, local audiences and interested international visitors who enjoy Early Music on a grand scale.

Full overview of the workshops to be announced in January 2022


Musicians aged 10 – 20 years are especially welcome at the festival, and invited to play alongside, and to be guided and mentored by professional musicians in a relaxed and explorative setting.

Participants will be encouraged to develop their interpretive skills, with friendly guidance and encouragement from their professional ensemble co-musicians, who are orchestral performers affiliated with the Nordic Baroque Scene (NBS).

More information to be published in January 2022

Lunch talks

Early Music is all about rhetoric, timing and finding one’s place in the bigger picture – universal qualities which benefit musicians at all levels. In this informal setting, musicians and non-musicians alike can gather to follow topics of interest in light and entertaining ways. Full list of lunch talks to be announced in January 2022

Community of music lovers

Come and join us for a buzzing week of Baroque music. Enjoy days packed with workshops, rehearsals and concerts with fellow music lovers. We are creating a village of musicians, competition contestants, music students and enthusiastic amateurs in the most stunning surroundings under the never setting sun.

Aria Borealis Bodø

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