Stockfish opera from a 40 meter long fish drying rack
The north of Norway and their contribution of stockfish to Bergen, played an important role during the Hanseatic times. A 40 meter long and 12 meter high installation, formed as a fish drying rack, will be a visible reminder of this collaboration during the Hanseatic days.
On Sunday the 12th of June we welcome you to witness something as rare as a stock fish opera performance from a stage inside the fish drying rack.
A visible reminder
The fish drying rack comes from the project “SALT” which started on an island north in Norway, Sandhornøy. The installation will be transported to Bergen and set up during the event as a visible reminder of Bergen’s historically close cooperation with the north of Norway, and the importance of stockfish trade in Bergen.
SALT has received worldwide coverage in magazines such as Monocle, D2 and leading newspapers such as The Guardian, Zuddeutche Zeitung, Wallstreet Journal and The Independent.
During the Hanseatic Days the Fish rack will function as a portal for the Hansamarket as well as a stage during the festival. Hundreds of kids from Bergen will decorate the rack with their interpretation of “fish from the future”, designed in aluminum.
The Querini – Opera will be part of the program during the Hanseatic Days. Photo: The Querini Opera.
Dry fish opera
Sunday 12th of June we welcome you to experience parts of the Querini-Opera performed by professional opera singers from the stage under the fish drying rack.
The opera is about the 15th-century trader Pietro Querini from Venice in Italy. Bound for Bruges in Flanders, he was being shipwrecked in Røst in northern Norway in the winter of 1432. The survivors spent three months with the Røst inhabitants, before returning to Venice. This dramatic incident was the origin of trade between northern Norway and Italy, that made possible – among other beneficial outcomes – the combination of Norwegian stockfish and Italian cooking.