Musical magic along the Telemark Canal

A different stage for opera singer Emil Solli-Tangen from Porsgrunn. All photos: Maren Sandbakk

Our aim with the CUPIDO project is, among other things, to strengthen the existing companies in Nome. A key word here is collaboration – can new concepts and products be born when different players come together? The answer is YES!

An excellent example of this is the meeting between Villa Lunde; the artist home of painter Elisabeth de Lunde and opera singer Jakob Zethner in Lunde, and the traditional canal boats that carry many thousand passengers up and down the Telemark Canal every summer. The result was two musical cruises, from Ulefoss to Skien, and a truly unique way to experience the landscape and the canal. Imagine sitting on the deck in the August sun from blue sky, experiencing cultural heritage and cultural landscapes while listening to classical tones!

– We want to make this a permanent tradition every summer, says Janne Lindgren, head of the canal boats M / S Victoria and M / S Henrik Ibsen. The first concert was called “Showboat” where Hilde Norland Gundersen, Andreas Hoff and Jakob Zethner along with chaplain Espen Gundersen sang gems from the musicals “Showboat” and “The Phantom of the Opera”.

Emil Solli Tangen (t.v.) og Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal singing a duet.

The Sunday after, where the pictures in this post are taken, the concert got a more classic feel.
– It was more fun than I thought, says opera singer Emil Solli Tangen from Porsgrunn, who along with opera singer Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal from Lunde and pianist Dorina Komani sang classical gems from opera and operetta, but also Grieg and Erik Bye. A somewhat unconventional concert scene gave way to an intimate and close concert experience, which ended with standing applause as the boat sailed in to the dock in Skien.

Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal, Emil Solli Tangen og Dorina Komani.
A little break on the deck for pianist Dorina Komani (far right in blue).

Large speakers outside gave the audience the opportunity to enjoy the concert upstairs – which also brought listeners on land. And the feedback from the audience?
– Fantastic!