Standing ovation for Toralv in Oslo Cathedral

It came at the request of Det norske teatret’s director Erik Ulfsby and was both permanent and long-lasting.

– On behalf of a united Norwegian theater community, and with permission from the priest, I encourage the assembly to give Toralv a final, warm round of applause, said the theater manager.

King Harald, Storting President Masud Gharahkhani, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Supreme Court Justice Toril Marie Øie were among those present.

– He leaves a big mark in his wake. He was the last great artist and actor. We will never forget what he stood for, his half-sister Mari Maurstad told NRK before the funeral.

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Toralv Maurstad’s bier is carried out of the church after the burial in Oslo Cathedral. Photo: Alf Simensen / NTB

One of the biggest

Both Edvard Grieg’s “Dovregubbens hall” and “Åse’s song” were on the programme.

King Harald arrives at the funeral of Toralv Maurstad in Oslo Cathedral. Photo: Alf Simensen / NTB

– At the age of seven, Toralv Maurstad stood on the National Theater’s stage for the first time. At the age of 92, he enchanted us as Peer Gynt – a role he interpreted in all its nuances so many times, throughout most of his theatrical life – in an unforgettable way, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in his memorial speech.

Støre described him as an actor who left a lasting mark. A theater director who took the theater further.

– An artist who interpreted his time and gave it meaning, over so many decades. We are saying goodbye to one of the greatest figures from Norwegian theatre, said the Prime Minister.

At the state’s expense

The producer and screenwriter Petter Skavlan, acting colleagues Lise Fjeldstad and Svein Tindberg, conductor Per Christian Revholt at the National Theater and Maurstad’s wife Beate Eriksen also drew a picture of him in words, tone and poetry.

Maurstad died on 4 November, aged 95. He was born on 24 November 1926 and was therefore buried on the date he would have turned 96.

Toralv Maurstad was honored with a funeral at the state’s expense. The award is awarded by the government. Only around a hundred people have been laid to rest at the state’s expense since the scheme was introduced in 1881.

The article is in Norwegian


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