Suzan Erens & Ed Martin
Suzan Erens & Ed Martin
During the past week, I had the opportunity to visit with Suzan Erens
and see/hear her
sing at the Kulturverkstedet on Sjogata Street in the historic section of Mosjoen, Norway.
This was advertised as a "Luncheon with Opera" or perhaps an "opera with your coffee".
Anyway, I decided that it was time to see Suzan
and learn about her
new home..... So where exactly is Mosjoen, Norway and how do you get there ??
For me, the easiest solution is to plug some numbers/data into my Garmin GPS planning page and look at a "proceed direct" solution.
From Dallas, USA to Mosjoen
, Norway, the shortest route would be a route over Canada, Greenland, thru the Arctic Circle, north of Iceland, across the Norwegian Sea and arrive at Mosjoen.
Distance covered would be 4082 nautical miles or 7560 kilometers.
And yes, Suzan is closer to us (USA) now compared to when she lived in the Sittard.
GPS in Plane, Route to Suzan Erens in Norway
From here, the Kulturverkstedet was just around the corner where Suzan
was singing !
As I was early, I could hear Suzan
still rehearsing and running checks, etc. in the next room.
I decided to go into the auditorium part and take a seat quietly while she
was still busy with the Vefsn Ensemble group.
saw me, waved and came over to give me a hug.
bounced back to the stage to finish last minute items.
I was glad that I came early because the place began to fill-up.
It wasn't long before the Overture and Suzan began to sing the first selections from "Didos and Aeneas" by English Composer Henry Purcell.
Working with the Vefsn Ensemble and Franziska Wika on piano, Suzan sang selections from "Dido and Aeneas" including "Ah, Belinda" and "Dido's Lament".
Suzan Erens Singing in Norway
sang "Voi Che Sapete" from "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart.
Suzan Erens & Franziska Wika
After an instrumental number, Suzan
came back on stage and sang "Memory" from Andrew Lloyd Webber.
To complete the Lunch Menu, Suzan
sang one of her
favorites "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
Suzan Erens singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow
At the conclusion, the Vefsn Ensemble
posed with Suzan
for a group photo.
Suzan Erens with the Vefsn Ensemble and Franziska Wika
Following the Opera-Luncheon, Suzan
and I had coffee while talking about this small community on the Norwegian Coast.
new home in an area that reminds one of small towns in the Colorado Rocky Mountains but with the added advantage of the ocean nearby.
Who knows where this will lead but for now, she
is happy and healthy in her
Norwegian retreat with an outlet for her
Life doesn't get any better.
Suzan Erens and Ed Martin
One of the nice things that Suzan
enjoys in Mosjoen
is taking her
dog, Bobbie, with her
Bobbie patiently waits for Suzan
and is a very friendly dog with everyone .....
But when he
hears that distinctive Voice speaking Dutch, Bobbie runs straight to Suzan
Suzan Erens with her dog Bobbie