Opera, musicals and concerts
Making history together
If you had been in Milan in 1904, would you have gone to La Scala to see the premiere of Madama Butterfly? Or would you have, instead of experiencing this historic moment, stayed at home that night, and waited for an opera you already knew? The first run of Notorious – with the peerless Nina Stemme – will be one of those “I was there when …” moments. A Gothenburgian premiere that will end up being written about in books – and the audience response is a vital part of the story. So don't stay at home and rearrange your music collection or browse through your favourites lists on Spotify. Instead, go out and impact the future of musical drama!
Another historical writer who has influenced musical drama is William Shakespeare.
In 2016 it will be 400 years since he died. We will celebrate him in many ways, including with an orchestra concert and two operas (Hamlet and Macbeth) based on his plays.
Opera and musical theatre offer an imaginative, emotional and compassionate workout that is very difficult to surpass. We want to build an artistic community that extends to the parts of society that do not always have a voice among the established cultural institutions. The Göteborg Opera has worked, for example, with refugees, integrated groups of both disabled and non-disabled people as well as children and young people. We take this side of our work very seriously and continue to develop it.
But we are also capable of extreme silliness. If you ever need a break from harsh reality and need to let your hair down, and just have a good time – come to see Crazy for you! I promise that it will be some time before you can get the smile off your face as Gershwin sends you tap-dancing and humming homewards.
–Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director, Opera/Drama