Evaluating the Opera

17 December 2015

BI professor Sigrid Røyseng has led the expert committee that on 14th December presented the much-publicized report that evaluates the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet's artistic quality and resource utilization.

 - It has been exciting to be involved in generating knowledge that can help to develop cultural policy further (in a good direction), said head of the expert panel and a professor at Department of Communication and Culture, Sigrid Røyseng.

In October 2014, the Ministry of Culture appointed an expert panel that was commissioned to evaluate the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Former Culture Minister Thorild Widwey highlighted the importance of such evaluations in order to drive knowledge-based cultural policies.

Focusing on all of Norway

The report, called «På de skrå bredder» («On the sloping shores»), concludes that the opera has not been an opera for the country, but more an opera for Oslo.

- I believe that the evaluation will increase the expectations from the Ministry of Culture to offer opera from around the country, says Røyseng.

Røyseng considers it particularly interesting that the expert panel has been helping to develop an approach where resources and artistic activities are understood in a combination.

- We have become very familiar with the Opera after 14 months of work, says Røyseng, and it has given us a good opportunity to provide insight into the artistic activity, resource utilization and management and organisation.

Nice part of the job

- To assess the artistic quality, we have seen many performances throughout this period, which has been a very nice part of the job, concluded Røyseng.

The evaluation covers the period 2011 to 2014. The expert panel consisted of Sigrid Røyseng (Chairman), Arne Fagerholt, Gunnar Thon Lossius, Gro Shetelig and Per Erik Veng.

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