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Close Encounter

Concert. A music marathon where you come into closer contact with both the music and our musicians. The evening closes with Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, with soloist Katarina Karnéus.

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra & guests from Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

30 november 2014, 4:00-7:30 pm

Main Stage, Small Stage and Foyer.

In this film clip Henrik Schaefer, musical director for The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, describes the concept behind Close Encounter (in Swedish)

Close Encounter begins with Serenade, a one hour program with ensemble music by Hindemith, Strauss and Adams.

Following this act are a number of smaller walk-in concerts. These will be held up on the back-side of Main Stage as well as on the Small Stage. You come and go as you please and have plenty of time to enjoy more than one. Here you’ll find compositions by Wagner, Strauss, Jolivet and Caplet, among others. There is also time to dine, snack or mingle in The Göteborg Opera Restaurant.

The second act of the main concert, Metamorphosis, contains beautiful and melancholic music: Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder.

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra plays together with musicians Stefan Dohr and Ludwig Quandt from the renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert on the Main Stage is conducted by Stanley Dodds, from the very same orchestra.

Join us in this celebration of the chamber music repertoire, Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary and take the chance to come closer to the 86 musicians of The Göteborg Opera Orchestra!

Katarina KarnéusMats Bäcker


4:00-5:00 pm Part 1:/Serenade. Main Stage
5:15-6:00 pm Chamber music! Several smaller concerts on both the Main Stage and the Small Stage.
6:30-7:30 pm Part 2: /Metamorfoses. Main Stage

Restaurant and cafés

1:00-6:30 pm Restaurant open
3:00 pm Café opens

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  • Genre: Concert
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 30 Nov 2014
  • Last show: 30 Nov 2014
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 3 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 pause.


Idea and concept   Henrik Schaefer
Conductor   Stanley Dodds
Soloist   Katarina Karnéus
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Musicans from the Berlin Philharmonics