Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation's opera and ballet prize

The Opera and Ballet award was first established in 2009, and is awarded annually by the Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation.

The prize of 500.000 Norwegian kroner goes to talented performers within opera or ballet in Norway, who have made an outstanding artistic or administrative achievement. The prize money awarded is intended for further professional development.

The first award in 2009, was given to Maiko Nishino and Eli Kristin Hansveen. Since then, the following performers have been awarded; Silas Henriksen, Marita K. Sølberg, Yngve Søberg, Eugenie Skilnard, Audun Iversen, Camilla Spitzøe Cohen and Yolanda Correa

The Opera and Ballet award winner 2015
Mezzo-soprano, Ingeborg Gillebo was awarded the Tom Wilhelmsen Opera and Ballet award 2015.


Jury decision
Ingeborg Gillebo is one of the most promising and talented young singers Norway has today. She is recognised for her beautiful voice and ability to express her roles.

Those who have worked with Ingeborg, have experienced her impressive development the latest years, saying that it was not difficult to recognise her talent. Her voices natural beauty is obvious to anyone who listens to her. We know that this is only the beginning, and her personal attributes; hard working and fearlessness are a part of her success.

About Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation

Established in 1965, the foundation is a private and independently run organization. Its purpose is to support the community through the distribution of gifts or contributions to institutions, groups or individuals within science, humanitarian or culture. The foundation's contributions hope to provide for performers and encourage gifted youth or others to continue training, study or research.