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Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini. Performed by Nidarosdomens Guttekor and re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra

Nidarosdomens Cathedral Men and Boys Choir (Nidarosdomens Guttekor), Norway’s oldest men and boys choir, are finally making their much-anticipated public debut in Singapore. Be enchanted by their wide repertoire of traditional and classical works, including major pieces for choir, orchestra and soloists. In the first half of the programme, the choir will be accompanied by Magne Draagen on the organ, performing different repertoire on each night to showcase their range and versatility.

The choir continues a more than 900-year old tradition of Nidarosdomen. The Nidaros Cathedral is still their main concert arena and you can regularly find them participating at church services. The choir is also active outside the cathedral and represents Norway as cultural ambassadors at international events.

The choir abounds with a rich history dating back to the 9th century, when Norwegian and English Stonemasons came to Trondheim to build the Christchurch – a precursor to Nidarosdomen. Priests would teach the young sons of the Stonemasons the Gregorian liturgy. The boys would then participate during church services, originating the modern boys choir tradition of the cathedral we see today.

The choir is led by Bjørn Moe, the conductor and artistic director of Nidarosdomens Guttekor. Bjørn himself was a former Nidarosdomens Guttekor choir boy and has been conducting them since 1973. The Norwegian conductor was awarded the prestigious HM The King’s Medal of Merit in gold for his work with the choir.

Nidarosdomens Cathedral Men and Boys Choir will be accompanied by Singaporean chamber orchestra, re:SOUND, to perform Giacomo Puccini’s classic piece, Messa di Gloria, in what is expected to be a hauntingly beautiful rendition. re:SOUND is a chamber orchestra that is not led by a dominant artistic director or principal conductor, but by the musicians themselves.

Start Sales Date

4 May 2017, 9am

Other Channels:
4 May 2017, 10am

  • English
  • Norwegian
  • Latin
  • German

Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes 
(Inclusive of 20 minutes interval)

Promoter Name
Licha Stelaus Productions Pte Ltd

Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 10 years old
  • Children 10 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Late Seating Advisory

  • You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time
  • No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced
  • Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording or Audio recording is permitted for this event

This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.

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10% Discount for Mastercard
[Valid from 7 Sep 2017 onwards]

*25% Concession Package (both concerts) for Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / Local & Overseas Students / NSF
[Valid from 4 May 2017 onwards]
[Applicable with minimum purchase of 1 ticket from both concerts on 20 Oct and 21 Oct]

*15% Discount for Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / Local & Overseas Students / NSF
[Valid from 4 May 2017 onwards]

15% Discounts for Package (both concerts)
[Valid from 1 Jul 2017 onwards]
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15% Discounts for Group Booking (Min. 20 tickets)
[Valid from 4 May 2017 onwards]
[Applicable with minimum purchase of 20 tickets within same CAT in same transaction]

*Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC). Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry. Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.

20 October 2017

21 October 2017

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (Felix Mendelssohn)

Ehre sei Gott (Gustav Adolf Merkel)

Greater Love Hath No Man (John Ireland) *

Du Edle Gjest (Marc-Antoine Charpentier) *

O Jesus Krist, Jeg Flyr Til Deg (Carl Nielsen)

What Child Is This (English folktune) *

Kling No Klokka (Sound the Bells) *

Midt i Hårdest Vinter (Gustav Holst) *

Den Fyrste Song eg Høyra Fekk (First Song My Mother Sang To Me) (Norwegian folktune)

Requiem: Pie Jesu (John Rutter) *

Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck) *

Te Per Orbem (Ludvig Nielsen) *

I Was Glad (Sir Hubert Parry) *

In Te Domine Speravi (Ludvig Nielsen) *

Messa di Gloria (Giacomo Puccini)

Performed with re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra

*Performed with organist Magne Draagen

Bjørn Moe

Bjørn Moe has been the conductor and artistic director of the Nidaros Cathedral Boys Choir since 1973. Formerly a soprano whilst the choir was in the hands of his predecessor Ludvig Nielsen, Bjørn has worked tirelessly over the past 40 years to uphold the high artistic quality the choir holds today.

His impressive knowledge and experience in both music and pedagogy combined with his good humor has been essential in helping him obtain a number of accolades and awards, amongst them the Royal Golden Merit.

Bjørn was a professor at Trondheim’s conservatory of music for 42 years (1973 – 2015), where part of his responsibilities there is the education of new conductors.

Thomas Ruud

Tenor Thomas Ruud was born in Oslo, Norway, and has been a regular guest of many of Europe's leading opera houses for more than two decades since his debut at the Norwegian National Opera in 1994. Although he established himself internationally as a lyric tenor, over the last decade he has taken on increasingly dramatic roles, both from the Italian and French spinto repertoire, such as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen, Pollione in Bellini's Norma, Hoffmann in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, begun to take on roles from the dramatic German repertoire. The current season marks his debut in the German drmatic Fach as Bacchus in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos  with the Nordnorsk Opera in Norway. Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer  and the title role in Lohengrin are both in preparation.

Other roles of the lyric Fach in Mr. Ruud's repertoire include Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Count Ivrea in Verdi's Un giorno di regno, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Steva Burya in Janacek's Jenufa, amongst many others. Thomas Ruud has been a guest of some of the most important opera houses in Germany, such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and the Staatsoper Hannover.  Mr. Ruud has worked with conductors such as Patrick Fournillier, Timo Handschuh, Andreas Schüller, Christian Lindberg, Peter Szilvay, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Kjell Seim, and with stage directors such as Dietrich Hilsdorf, Calixto Bieito, Enrique Mazzola, Lisa Kent and Ronald Rørvik.


Thomas Ruud is also very much in demand on the concert stage. In June 2011 Thomas sang in a gala concert together with the legendary soprano Kiri Te Kanawa. His oratorio repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem, which he sang in Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen, and which he will reprise in the fall of 2017 in Norway, and Dvorak's Die Geisterbraut  which he performed to great acclaim in Nürnberg and Darmstadt. Upcoming engagements include Puccini's Messa di Gloria in Singapore.   

Mr. Ruud received his music training at the Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, and the University of the Pacific in California, USA. He currently lives in Berlin, and freelances as a soloist throughout the world, including the USA, Mexico and New Zealand.


Magne H. Draagen was born in 1974. He received  his  first  organ  lessons  from  Edvin Eriksen and Leidulv Grimsmo in Nordmøre. He studied organ with Terje Winge and Kåre Nordstoga  at  the  Norwegian  Academy of Music, from which he received a Bachelor’s in Church Music in 1997 and later a soloist diploma as organist. Draagen is former organist and choirmaster of Gamlebyen Church, Old Aker Church,  and  Holy  Trinity  Church  in Oslo. From 2002-2012 he served as organist and choirmaster at Oslo Cathedral and, among other things, as artistic director of Oslo Cathedral Boys Choir. From 2010-2011 he was Director of Music at Stavanger Cathedral as head of the choir department. Since the autumn of 2012 he holds the position as Director of Music of Nidaros Cathedral. He has taught various church music disciplines at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the University of Stavanger, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

As composer and arranger, Magne H. Draagen has written a number of religious works for diverse instrumentation. He performs regularly as concert organist at home and abroad, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the present day. He has contributed to numerous recordings as  composer, arranger, conductor, accompanist, and soloist. As Director of Music at Nidaros Cathedral, he represents Norway as artistic director in the association ECHO (European Cities of Historical Organs).

He performed with Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir for Singapore's Minister of Manpower Mr Tan on 8 February this year when Minister Tan visited Trondheim for the Sámi Conference.

Event Date
Fri, 20 - Sat, 21 Oct 2017


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$150, S$130, S$120, S$90, S$70
Esplanade Box and Premier Box: S$170
Gallery Behind Stage: S$90
Restricted View: S$90

- Ticket pricing S$170, S$150, S$130 includes complimentary Programme Photo Book worth $15.
- Ticket pricing S$120 includes $10 discount on Programme Photo Book while stocks last.

Seating Plan