Opera. Richard Strauss would have been 150 years old in 2014. We're celebrating by performing his opera Daphne for the first time ever in Sweden.
Above Man and the Gods, she loved Nature
Premiere 15 August 2014.
Also performed on 17 August
Performed in German with Swedish surtitles.
This mythological opera is not one of his most frequently performed operas, but in recent years it has had something of a resurgence in the world's opera houses. Daphne is the tale of a nymph who avoids the god Apollo's hot-blooded advances by metamorphosing into a bay tree. Strauss has his opera end on a matchlessly magical and orchestral shimmering way when Daphne grows into the sighing foliage – metamorphoses of various kinds are themes that are particular favourites of his.
The title role is performed by internationally celebrated soprano Agneta Eichenholz, who recently had a major success in our opera house as Handel's Alcina. Apollo is sung by Daniel Frank, who is also well on his way to an international career although specialising more in Wagner, and the house's very own Tomas Lind sings the part of his rival and Daphne's first love Leukippos. The orchestra is given a major, demanding task under the direction of Henrik Schaefer.
Menu for Daphne
Gazpacho made from yellow tomatos served with montenebro and crostini
Spiced pickled herring (Matjessill) with sour cream, red onion and browned butter
The Opera’s shrimp sandwich - with MSC certified shrimp on organic Danish rye bread with horseradish and lemon mayonnaise
Butter-fried polenta with baked portabello mushrooms and artichoke served with roast capsicum and basil pesto.
Grilled salmon fillet with yoghurt-flavoured vegetables, butter-tossed beetroot, and boiled new potatoes.
Barbecued veal sirloin with salt-roasted potatos, asparagus and red wine sauce
Gin and tonic bavaroise with lemon cremeux and mini dreams
Home-made organic chocolate truffle
Hamburger with french fries
Crumbed and fried fish burger (cod) with remoulade sauce