The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (in Norwegian,
Den Norske Opera & Ballett) is the first fully professional company each
for opera and ballet in Norway, the only such professional organisation in the
country. Its current residence is the Oslo Opera House, since the spring of
2008. Founded in 1957, the company's first general manager was Kirsten
Flagstad, from 1958 to 1960, and placed an emphasis on presenting operas and
ballets written by Norwegian composers, and Norwegian as the standard language
of the opera singers. Subsequent general managers have included Bjørn Simensen.
The Ballet School at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet was founded in
1965. In January 2009, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet was reorganized, during
the tenure of Tom Remlov as general managing director. The company's current
general manager is Nils Are Karstad Lysø.