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Arctic Opera
Formed only last year, the company’s highlight for 2012 is a production of Puccini’s La bohème in April and May, conducted by Christian Lindberg and featuring the players of the Arctic Phil in the pit.

Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Given the tricky logistics of getting its far-flung players together, the Arctic Phil’s performances at Tromsø’s Kulturhuset are relatively few and far between but, on the evidence so far, well worth hearing.

Tromsø Chamber Orchestra
Formerly the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra, this ensemble recently downsized to become northern Norway’s only professional chamber orchestra and performs regularly both in the city and across the region.

Top of the World
This bi-annual international piano competition for players under 35 was founded in 2009 and in 2011 offered a not-to-besniffed- at $30,000 first prize, won by Alberto Nosé (above) of Italy. The next competition takes place from 24 to 29 June 2013.

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The article ‘Musical destination: Tromso, Norway’ was published in partnership with BBC Music magazine.

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