Published 19 March 2012
The Göteborg Opera 2012/2013 Season
Romantic operas featuring international stars, ground-breaking dance productions based on a theme of Homeland and Risk Zones – and a new version of the musical Chess in Swedish. Today the Göteborg Opera released its repertoire for the 2012/2013 season.
Story, myth, legend and romance saturate the coming opera season, which includes three new productions, two returning productions and a concertante oratorio.
On August 17th, Giancarlo Andretta will direct Bellini's I Capuleti i Montecchi in a concertance version starring the international mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus and Kerstin Avemo in the principle roles of Romeo and Giulietta.
Antonín Dvorák's Rusalka, based on the tale of the little mermaid, is the first première of the season. In her first ever performance at The Göteborg Opera, Elisabet Strid will perform the main role. Olaf Henzold will be conducting and David Radok will be directing.
The Göteborg Opera production of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, directed by Vladimir Morávek, has been praised by both critics and audiences. It will return to The Göteborg Opera in November, featuring Tobias Ringborg as conductor. Francesca Patanè will be performing the title role, a new addition.
Some of Scandinavia's leading singers have been brought together to perform Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. Isolde will be performed by Annalena Persson and her beloved Tristan by Lars Cleveman – a long-awaited guest at The Göteborg Opera. Chambermaid Brangäne is brought to life by Katarina Karnéus. Director Wilhelm Carlsson and his team will create the production. Together they have previously created several acclaimed Wagner productions. Stefan Lano will be conducting.
In the middle of next spring Giancarlo Andretta will conduct Giuseppi Verdi's popular Simon Boccanegra. The production, from the Hamburg Opera, will be directed by the renowned Claus Guth. Baritone Anders Larsson débuts in the title role and the role of his daughter will be performed by Malin Byström.
The season concludes with yet another long-awaited return: David Radok's hilarious production of The Barber of Seville which will be performed for the fourth time, this time conducted by Olof Boman and now featuring Ida Falk Winland and Martin Vanberg.
The 2012/2013 season will be the first bearing the signature of The Göteborg Ballet's artistic director Adolphe Binder. All pieces are derived from the overall theme of Homeland and Risk Zones. The season will include two versions of Stravinsky's Rites of Spring and a guest performance from Pina Bausch's dance company.
Sharon Eyal, former in-house choreographer for the Batsheva Dance Company and Gai Behar, will produce a new piece, which together with a new piece from the Dutch choreography duo Guy Weizman and Roni Haver make up the dance programme Homeland? , which will take a look at exclusion from different angles with gravity, irony and clever humour.
A joyful evening of dance will take place close to Christmas with crazy miXmas – a three-part programme featuring the celebrated productions La La Land by Alexander Ekman/Medhi Walerski and Outskirts by Jo Strømgren as well as a new creation by Fernando Melo.
In March 2013 there will be a chance to experience The Göteborg Ballet in the rebellious and prizewinning Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard's bODY_rEMIX and The Right of Spring – the latter with live music from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
The Belgian duo Franck Chartier and Gabriela Carrizo will create 33, Rue Vandenbranden for our dance company.
Top class guest performers of the season include Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in its first visit to Sweden in 15 years and the first ever to Göteborg, with Café Müller and Le Sacre du Printemps.
Several international tours are planned, including performances at the most important cultural centre in the US, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The dancers will turn up in all sorts of unexpected places outdoors, at museums and perhaps even in private homes.
Next season's big musical Chess in Swedish uses the current media controlled society as a dramatic metaphor for the Cold War. Internationally active director Mira Bartov will create her first production for The Göteborg Opera and conductor Anders Eljas returns to The Göteborg Opera where he has previously performed several times. The principal roles will be performed by Philip Jalmelid (Anatolij), Christopher Wollter (Freddie), Evelyn Jons (Florence) and Nina Pressing (Svetlana).
UNGA FÖR UNGA (By the Young for the Young)
The project Unga för Unga continues to grow. In Lite Lennart… Lennart Hellsing's verbose universe will be combined with swinging music. The production will mainly be performed for school children in Västra Götaland.
16-year old Sofia Ringhage's An Amputated Soul, which won last year's huge script-writing competition for college students, will première. The production features 10 to 15 teenagers from Västra Götaland.
In this year's Dance for the Young, Respect, the ensemble will include three teenagers from each area of Göteborg and dancers from The Göteborg Ballet.
The music from some of our most beloved TV series for children is being made into a family concert, Story Foyer continues its popular performances and a new descant choir for youth between the ages of 12 and 15 is to be formed alongside the existing children's choir.
The season will also include two orchestra concerts under the direction of The Göteborg Opera's Principal Conductor Giancarlo Andretta. Autumn Concert with music from Bel Canto operas and Spring Concert with Ludvig van Beethoven's famous Symphony no. 9 in D minor, opus 125.