Alexander Rybak – moved back home to his childhood room.
Source: Paper issue of Se og Hør, published 16.7.2021. Text by Harald Gautner, photos: Espen Solli. English translation: Tessa La, revision by Anni Jowett.
Text to the featured picture: Playfulness: A lot is about music in the Rybak family’s home. Dad Igor gives private lessons in violin, Mom accompanies on piano, while Alexander creates new and fantastic music.
Welcome, says Alexander Rybak, who now lives at home with his mum and dad.
Not many know that the musical genius from Nesoddtangen set deep in the Oslo Fjord was asked to write the Melodi Grand Prix song for the “Queen of Austria”, Conchita Wurst . This was in 2014 and about four years after he himself won the competition with “Fairytale”.
“Se og Hør” met an openhearted Alexander Rybak (35) in his childhood home, which he left 17 years ago. There he has “corona-lived” the last 1,5 years.
Alexander Rybak plays the violin on the Romanian artist Roxen’s new song “Wonderland” released November 27.
ROXEN was scheduled to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Alcohol You” before the event’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related cancellation. She was also nonetheless internally selected as the country’s representative for the 2021 contest. Her music style has been deemed as deep house by music critics, and her appearance compared to Billie Eilish and Dua L ipa. Info from Wikipedia, provided by Maria-EcaterinaMihăescu
Many ESC-related websites have picked up the new song and the collaboration and here is what some of them say about Alexander’s contribution:
Published on columbiachronicle.com , September 18, 2020. Text by Paige Barnes, Audience Engagement Editor. Photo: Alexander Rybak
Article about Alexander Rybak in Columbia Chronicle
The Columbia Chronicle is the official student-run news publication of Columbia College Chicago. While providing award-winning news content on Columbia’s campus and the South Loop area for their readers, the Chronicle also serves as a laboratory for journalism instruction and practice, producing professionals in various fields who can successfully contribute to their industries. Alexander is a student at this college in the next 2 years, and The Columbia Chronicle has in that case made this nice interview with him.
A summary of an interview in the local news paper in Nesodden – AMTA, published 26.7.20 and in addition some info found on several accounts on Instagram.
In a short interview with the local news paper Amta in Nesodden Alexander, who by now lives at Aker Brygge, reveals that he has some certain plans and that there may be some changes this autumn. What these changes are he won’t tell yet, but in first instance this means he will spend more time in Nesodden for a while.
” It is not certain that I will be living in Oslo from this autumn to put it that way, Alexander says.“
Ingeborg Walther played the role of Alva in Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
When I first met Alexander at the audition, he seemed very kind. And it turned out to be a correct first impression.
Alexander said of Ingeborg in an interview -“Many applied to audition ( for the role of Alva), almost 300. But even if it had been 3000, Ingeborg would still have got the role.” Please read on to hear more about this talented actress/singer and her answers to our questions about the role and working with Alexander. Many thanks for joining our “Fiddler’s Bunch”
NAME: Ingeborg Walther BIRTHDAY: 26.09.1999 HOME COUNTRY: Norway
Per Elias Drabløs arranged and directed the music for the musical Trolle Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
Alex is one of a kind.
Per Elias Drabløs
Per Elias Drabløs answered our Fiddler’s bunch questions. Read on to find out more about this very accomplished musical man and how it was working with Alexander to bring the music to the Kilden stage.
NAME: Per Elias Drabløs BIRTHDAY: October 11 HOME COUNTRY: Norway
STIG-WERNER MOE brought the Hulder king to life on stage in his role in Alexander’s musical “Trolle og den magiske fela” in 2019.
Alexander is so damn good playing that instrument, wish I could be as good on the trumpet.
Stig-Werner Moe has taken the challenge to answer the Fansite’s questions, read on further to find out more of his views on working with Alexander and Trolle, and actually what does he have in his pockets 🙂
NAME: Stig-Werner Moe BIRTHDAY: 28 May HOME COUNTRY: Norway
REVIEW OF “TROLLE OG DEN MAGISKE FELA” AT KILDEN THEATRE, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
By Jane, London , UK
I was fortunate to be able to attend both the opening and closing nights of “Trolle” in Kristiansand. This meant that, when I first saw it, I didn’t know what to expect, but when I saw it again I was able to focus more on detail. I knew the music and had an idea of the plot – but how would it translate into a full performance (and one in a language that I only have the very basics of)? Before I went I tried to find translations of as many of the songs as I could, which helped, but couldn’t find key songs either in English or Norwegian. I was going to have to hope for the best. Would there be much spoken dialogue? If not, it was going to be quite a short evening as the album runs just over 45 minutes.
Alexander’s Musical “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle” opened on November 28 and ran until December 28 , 2019 at the Kilden Theatre and Cultural Hall in Kristiansand, Norway.
The show drew ticket sales from far and wide attracting an international audience to the theatre. Around 10,000 tickets were sold to at least 16 different countries, including Norway, Germany, the UK, Poland, USA, Ireland, Russia, Greece, Croatia, Slovakia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Hungary and Norfolk Island!
“It is quite fun that Trolle and Alexander appeals to people outside of Norway. The first ticket for this year’s Christmas show was sold to a lady from Ireland. This was already in January this year. People from Slovakia and Denmark bought tickets right afterwards, so Rybak’s fans have been out early”
–Janneke Aulie, Sales and marketing manager at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall.
“Trolle og den magiske fela” is a fairy tale about daring to be different and accepting what is different from others. Alexander Rybak had an ensemble of talented actors on stage with him who, together and with spectacular scenography and captivating music, enchanted their audience from start to finish.
“My dear fans. ❤️ Thank you SO MUCH for giving me support from all the world. I’m so happy that you have united from so many different countries to come see my fairy tale. I have worked for so many years on this, and it means everything to me that you are enjoying yourselves. And as a bonus, you get to see the wonderful Stig Werner as my nemesis “Hulderkongen”😎 I hope you’re having a wonderful December ❤️ #trolle “
ALEXANDER RYBAK’S VIOLIN MAGIC RETURNS TO MELODI GRAND PRIX
“Over the Sea” sailed through the fourth semifinal to win a place in the grand final of the 2020 Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, (the national selection show of the Eurovision Song Contest).
Singer Magnus Bokn teamed up with songwriter/producer Joakim With Steen (aka JOWST) and Alexander Rybak to write the song. Bokn performed in the semi-final for Western Norway on Saturday, February 1st. While it was Alexander who played the violin on the recorded released version, it was Manuela-Ruth Ötves who joined Magnus on stage with the violin in the semifinal performance. “Over the Sea ” now will advance to the Grand final in Trondheim on 15th February.
In September 2019, Alexander returned to Poland to perform at a free outdoor concert in one of Warsaw’s parks to celebrate the end of the summer holidays. Alexander’s fans in Polish Rybak’s Mafia were there and delightedly tell us about their celebrations…
When Alexander Rybak toured with “Fairytale”, he began writing the story about Trolle. Ten years later he is ready to create magic on the musical stage. When Kilden opens its doors to the premier in November, it will be a sensual and visual party with spectacular costumes and big scenography.
Alexander’s post in social media 1.9.2019: Questions & Answers🧚🏼♀️ Hey, how are you? The next few days I’m traveling a lot. Which means I will have some time for Instagram. 💪🏼 Send me your best questions in the comments section, and I promise to answer at least 33😃
And he kept his promise and answered a lot more than 33 questions. Many happy fans got their question answered, and we have collected them here for you. Hopefully we have managed to get them all. Enjoy:) The ones who are not originally in English are translated and have a blue background.
Julia.ell I’m already looking forward to the new Zelda game. Will you play it too when you get home?Greetings from Hamburg Germany! 😊😬🎮 Hello Hamburg 🤪 I look forward to playing both Luigi and Zelda this year!
The Norwegian celebrity magazine “Se og Hør” and TV2’s sing along summer show “Allsang på grensen” invited the Norwegian people to vote, during the summer, for the best Eurovision song of all time. The winner was announced at the final show 7th of August, and who else could the winner be than “Fairytale” by our one and only Alexander. “Se og Hør” also made an interview with Alexander which can read below.
In the Norwegian TV-show “Allsang på grensenAlexander Rybak performed his legendary “Fairytale”, and “Stjernen vår”, from his upcoming musical “Trolle”, in a duet with Ingeborg Walther. Ingeborg will play the role of “Alva” in the musical.
Featured picture: photo by Allsang på grensen/Viken Foto og Video
Alexander and Ingeborg also gave an interview to the Norwegian magazine “Se and Hør”. Scroll down to read it 🙂
“Stjernen vår” (Our star) was performed by Alexander Rybak and Ingeborg Walther for the first time in the Norwegian TV-show “Allsang på grensen” 4.7.2019
“Stjernen vår” is a song from Alexander Rybak’s children’s book “Trolle og den magiske fela” and is written by Alexander and his father Igor.
The night Trolle and Alva became friends there was a star shining brighter than the others. Alva pointed at the star and said: “Let this be our star from now on, and it will always shine for us, no matter how far we are apart”.
The Norwegian lyrics are translated to English by Jorunn Ekre and Anastasia Silakova.
An interview with Alexander Rybak and Ingrid Berg Mehus at Barratt Due, where they Saturday 23th February played a concert together. Source: paper issue of Dagbladet 26.2.19 and db.no 27.2.19 Text: Amanda Strand Askeland. Photos: Original article photos by Christian Roth Christensen is not use in this post. Romerikes Blad 25.2.19. Found by Anastasia Silakova, translated by TessaLa, revised by Anni Jowett.
Singers, violinists and composers. Ingrid Berg Mehus and Alexander Rybak have a lot in common.
As 2018’s “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” tour came to it’s final concert in Fagerborg Church, Petra Maczewski from Varel in the northwest of Germany was present at her very first experience of seeing Alexander perform live. Here’s her story…
It’s almost already one week now since I’ve returned from Oslo and still it all seems like a dream. It had all been planned for so long, I had already booked the flights in June and on the same day bought tickets for “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt”. It would be the first time I would see Alexander Rybak live and when my husband said he could imagine spending Christmas in Oslo and going to the concert, I was beyond excited! Continue reading Fan Report: Alexander Rybak at the Stille Natt Hellige Natt concert at Fagerborg→
On the go in my Eurovision shoes … a fan’s journey to Lisbon.
Anni Jowett (United Kingdom) reporting.
I’ve been a fan of the Eurovision song contest for as long as I can remember, and I always hoped I would actually get to go to experience the contest in the host city someday. So when Alexander Rybak was selected to represent Norway for a second time in March 2018 I had no doubt that this year would be THE year to pack my bags and head for Eurovision in May.
Alexander Rybak is featured in Christian Ingebrigsten’s joik on “Muitte Mu”
In Norway the current series of “Muitte Mu” continues and the fourth episode had a great surprise for Alexander Rybak’s fans. In this episode it was the turn of Christian Ingebrigtsen He invited Alexander to play violin on his studio performance of the joik written to honour his father Stein Ingebrigtsen.
Christian has a special message for Alexanders fans and has told Alexander Rybak News ” It’s always a pleasure hearing Alexander play, and such an honour having him perform on my joik. He plays the melody beautifully.”
Christians whole Joik can be seen here, and his whole episode here.
Here is a video of the highlights ( with English translation) of Alexander’s appearance in Christian’s episode.
A sparkling good Maria in “the Mother of all Christmas Concerts”
Text to the cover picture: SOLD OUT: Two full churches at Finnsnes last night at the Christmas concert with Maria Haukaas Mittet, Rune Larsen, Tor Endresen, Alexander Rybak and Lisa Børud.
Source: Folkebladet. Published 23.11.18. Text by Reidar Ingebrigtsen. Photo: Trond Sandnes.Translated by TessaLa, revision by Anni Jowett.
30 YEARS ago, the producer Tore Arne Ranghus had an idea.In short, this idea was about organising church concerts in the pre-Christmas time.But to succeed one hundred percent with this he had to bring with him a bunch of well-known artists.The first gang of the “Stille Natt Heilige Natt” concert was Anita Skogan, Karoline Krüger, Nora Brockstedt and Karstein Isachsen. Since that time, more than 500,000 people have settled in front of a tour team with stage performers who have come and gone, where our own Maria Haukaas Mittet is in her fourth season of Ranghus’ team. Continue reading Alexander Rybak and “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” in Finnsnes church, article in Folkebladet 23.11.18→
It’s a valuable promotion when Alexander Rybak shows beautiful Sør-Varanger in Muitte Mu.
The artists in “Muitte Mu-(Remember me)”, about coming to Kirkenes and Sør-Varanger
The artists who come to Sør-Varanger say they experience a unique tranquility here, tells Ole Rune Hætta, editor of NRK Sápmi and co-responsible for this year’s season of the programme “Muitte Mu-Remember Me.”
Article published in Sør-Varanger Avis on 16/11/2018 Author: Kjersti Sundland , Found by TessaLa, Translation by Jorunn Ekre. revision by Anni Jowett
With Alexander Rybak as one of the personalities, the images from Sør-Varanger will reach fans in a number of countries worldwide.
The artists who have joined us in Kirkenes and Øst-Finnmark express that they have experienced a unique, almost indescribable tranquility when they get here, tells Hætta to SA.
A Royal Fairytale performance: Borgholm, Sweden 14/7/2018
NIELS PEETERS REPORTING
Borgholm is a beautiful small Swedish city on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea.
It’s a nice place to visit. With the houses and the nature, you really feel like you are in an Astrid Lindgren movie. It is one of the most popular summer resorts in Sweden. The Swedish Royal Family’s official summer Palace can be found just a couple of kilometres outside the city centre.
This year we travelled to Sweden for our summer holidays, and were able to visit Borgholm on 14th July to attend the Victoriadagen. Victoriadagen is an annual event on the island and is a tribute to the Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday. This year’s celebration was extra special for me because Alexander Rybak was one of the seven artists invited to take part in the 2018 concert.
Alexander Rybak: Had a nervous breakdown and reached the end of his limits: I have changed.
Text: Linn-Christin Marthinussen Translated by Jorunn Ekre, revised by Anni Jowett.
MGP WINNER: Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian MGP finale, and will represent Norway in Lisbon in May. The former Eurovision winner received a text message from a very special person after the triumph. Reporter: Linn-Christin Marthinussen / Video / clip: Ørjan Ryland
Alexander Rybak thinks he is better equipped for Eurovision now than he probably was nine years ago.
– It has sunk in now. The victory feels good, says a quiet but obviously satisfied Alexander Rybak (31) when Dagbladet meets him on top of Oslo Plaza on Sunday afternoon.
The artist made history when he won the Eurovision final in 2009. Nine years later the 31 year old could once again rejoice when he won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday.
Fans fly over Europe skies to support Alexander Rybak’s return to Melodi Grand Prix in 2018: Stories from Oslo
Nine years after his victory at the Eurovision Song contest in Moscow, it was revealed in January that Alexander would return to the Melodi Grand Prix (MGP) stage to compete for the chance to represent Norway again in the Eurovision song contest. This caused a wave of excitement amongst his fans, and some started making their plans immediately to travel to Oslo for the 10th March to be there to show their belief in his talent and support him at the live show. Fans came not only from many parts of Norway, but many other countries including Germany, UK, Hungary, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia. And some of those fans have shared their adventures with us. Continue reading Alexander Rybak fan reports from Oslo and the Melodi Grand Prix 2018→
The 2018 Norwegian MGP finalists are revealed! Fans Report from the Press conference
The 10 acts competing in Norway’s national final for Eurovision, Melodi Grand Prix 2018 , were announced on 15th January during a special press conference held by the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. Press, celebrity guests and members of the public were invited along to be present in the TV studio during the live broadcast which revealed this year’s participants. Stine and Trine are two Norwegian MGP fans were present at the event and give us the inside scoop from the studio…
“On the Go in our Tourist Shoes” in the Czech Republic
Fan Reports from the Alexander Rybak & Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts in Ostrava and Plzen
Attending Alexander Rybak’s concerts always gives his fans the opportunity not only to enjoy his music, but to travel and to explore different places together. This was certainly the case last autumn when Alexander returned to the Czech Republic and he went on a mini tour with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Find out more about the concertsHERE
Fan Reports from Alexander Rybak’s Meet and Greet in Athens, Greece 19.08.2017
This summer Alexander took a few days vacation in Greece, during his visit he made time to meet up with some of his Greek fans.
“I am sick and coughing all the time. So if you’re crazy enough to meet me tomorrow, bring some vitamin C with you, so you don’t get sick as well.” – Alexander Rybak
Athina and Marthina attended the Meet and Greet, and were among the first to excitedly post their photos on Instagram. They are very happy to share their experiences of meeting up with Alexander, keep reading to hear their stories.