Se ilden lyse (Fire in Your Heart)

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"Se ilden lyse"
Se ilden lyse singel.jpg
Single by Sissel Kyrkjebø
from the album Innerst i sjelen
Released1994 (1994)
FormatCD single
StudioOslo Lydstudio
Songwriter(s)Jan Vincents Johannessen
Producer(s)Svein Gundersen
Sissel Kyrkjebø singles chronology
"Innerst i sjelen"
"Se ilden lyse"
"Eg veit i himmerik ei borg"
"Fire in Your Heart (duet with Plácido Domingo)"
Single by Sissel Kyrkjebø, Plácido Domingo
Released1994 (1994)
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Jan Vincents Johannessen

Se ilden lyse (in English: Fire in Your Heart) is a single from Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. It is the official song of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, it was a huge hit in Norway and peaked on number one for three weeks. In English this song is also sung as a duet with Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.[1] Both versions are written by Jan Vincents Johannessen[2] and composed by Svein Gundersen, and both versions were also included on the 1994 number one album release Innerst i sjelen.

"We knew he had expressed an interest in her before. Via Deutsche Grammophon we had good connections with Domingo, he asked us to send her complete portfolio to L.A., but due to the terrible earthquake the mail arrived too late, so we didn't get an answer in time. Two days before the Games he arrived in Oslo for a concert. We tried it again, and he came by car all the 200 kilometers from Oslo to Lillehammer. A few hours before the opening ceremony he recorded his part in an improvised mobile studio, from where he had to rush back to Spain, but not after inviting her for a guest slot on his upcoming album."

—PolyGram Norway MD Jørn Johnsen talking to Music & Media about the duet between Sissel and Plácido Domingo.[3]


The duet between Sissel and Plácido Domingo, Fire in Your Heart, was recorded in a canteen in Lillehammer before the opening of the 1994 Winter Olympics; because of the tight schedules of both Plácido Domingo and Sissel, they had only a few hours to record this English version of the Olympics anthem before the opening ceremony. When they recorded the song in the canteen, coffee cups and food could still be seen on the tables![4]


In Norway Se ilden lyse reached number one on VG-lista topp 20 and stayed on this list for nine weeks, with three weeks as number one;[5] the international single-release, Fire in Your Heart peaked on number nine on Sverigetopplistan - Singles top 60 in Sweden and managed to stay on this list for six weeks.[6] The duet-version with Plácido Domingo peaked on number twenty in Switzerland and on number 26 in Germany.[7]

Se ilden lyse[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Denmark (IFPI) 17
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 27
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 1

Fire in Your Heart[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 9

Fire in Your Heart (duet with Plácido Domingo)[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Germany (Media Control Charts) 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 20


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  3. ^ Tilli, Robbert. "Sissel Carries Lillehammer's Olympic Flame Forever" (PDF). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ Soprano Sissel sings for the love of singing The Boston Globe
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  8. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  9. ^ "SISSEL KYRKJEBØ - SE ILDEN LYSE (SONG)". Retrieved 15 January 2018.