With its versatility, vitality and musical quality of the highest standard, Trondheim Symfoniorkester (TSO) & Opera is regarded as a powerhouse of Norwegian culture, establishing itself as a source of inspiration for the nation as a whole.
The orchestra has enjoyed a long musical tradition. Up to the 19th century, Trondheim was a centre for sacred music, with many signifi cant musicians settling in the area. Keeping pace with the expanding European music culture, several music societies were formed. TSO was founded in 1909, and with the formation of Trondheim Chamber Orchestra in 1947, the modern symphony of Trondheim began to take on the shape we know today. During the Second World War the TSO was expelled from its concert hall, as the German occupying power appropriated the building and turned it in to their local headquarters, Deutsches Haus in Trondheim. However, that did not deter the TSO from presenting music to the people of Trondheim during these difficult years. Activity was upheld in the churches of the city, serving as a temporary stage for a string of concert performances throughout the war.
In more recent times, the orchestra has established a solid position as an inspiring impulse. Each season TSO presents a diverse classical programme including full stage opera productions. Through numerous education and community programs we display our commitment to the future of music and our support for the next generation of artists.