A journey through the splendour of Opera

Music lovers in Sri Lanka are in for a rare musical treat as Sewalanka Foundation together with Concerts Norway, Aru Sri Art Theatre and the Norwegian Embassy present 'Classical Evergreens', a journey through opera.

The concert features three internationally acclaimed Norwegian opera singers, Rita Heigre (soprano), Nils Harald Sødal (tenor), Anna Einarsson (mezzo-soprano) and pianist James Duddle.

The first concert on June 15 will be at the Russian Cultural Centre Auditorium at 7 p.m and the second on June 20 at the Engineering Faculty Theatre (E.O.E. Pereira Theatre), Kandy at 6.30 p.m. In addition they will perform concerts and workshops for children and the youth in Colombo at Ladies' College, Musaeus College , Visakha Vidyalaya, in Negombo at Newstead Girls' school Auditorium, in Kandy at Trinity College and in Galle at Siri Dhamma College, Sangamittha College, Mahinda College and Richmond College. Entrance for all these concerts will be free of charge.

They will also hold a five day master class for the students of University of Visual and Performing Arts which will conclude with a joint performance by the artists and students on June 22 at 10 a.m. at the Lionel Silva Memorial Hall. There will be two more workshops for aspiring young singers on June 16 at 5.30 p.m. at the Institute of Western Music and Speech, Colombo and on the 20th from 9 a.m. onwards at 151, Riverdale Road, Kandy. The workshops are free of charge and those interested can register by mailing to

There will also be a collaborative music performance by the artists and the Symphony Orchestra on the June 26 for invitees only. This is the fifth group of Musicians touring Sri Lanka as part of a broader music cooperation established between Concerts Norway and the Sewalanka Foundation. Norwegian bands such as Ras Nas, The Indian Core, Nils-Olav Johansen Quartet and SISU who toured Sri Lanka previously as well as the Galle Music Festival have visited as part of this programme.

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