We are celebrating International Women’s Day with a captivating premiere of an opera by two important female artists: composer Frida Andrée and author Selma Lagerlöf.
A four-act opera by Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929). Libretto by Selma Lagerlöf based on Esaias Tegnér’s epic poem.
Performed as a concert in Swedish, with Swedish surtitles.
In the Old Norse love story, we meet the Viking hero Frithiof the bold and the king’s daughter Ingeborg, whose relationship leads to political conflict, the wrath of the gods, exile and reconciliation.
Frida Andrée was among other things a conductor, a choir leader, and Sweden’s first female cathedral organist (in Gothenburg Cathedral). When a competition was announced in 1894 to compose an opera for the inauguration of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, she submitted an entry. The text was written by Selma Lagerlöf, who had based her story on Esaias Tegnér’s epic poem Frithiof’s Saga.
Andrée’s contribution did not win (and nor did any of the other scores submitted, by the way) and so she turned it into an often performed Frithiof suite for orchestra. Wermland Opera first performed an hour-long excerpt from the opera in 2013, but it is only now that we will have the opportunity to hear this late-Romantic opera in its entirety. A world premiere in a way!
We will be giving a concert performance of the opera with all the focus on song and music. The conductor is Folkoperan’s Music Director Marit Strindlund.