New faces at the Göteborg Opera 2013-2014
This season's new employees at the Göteborg Opera were introduced today. They include Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/Drama and seven new dancers in the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
Today was the first official day at work for Stephen Langridge, the new Artistic Director Opera/Drama at the Göteborg Opera (read more below). He is now taking over after Lise-Lotte Axelsson who ended her appointment last spring after eight seasons. The approaching opera/drama season was planned by Lise-Lotte Axelsson but Stephen has some exciting new items that he will be introducing very soon.
During the past season, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani has met with great success, internationally and at home. Ahead of the coming season, seven new dancers from five different countries are starting here. A new Rehearsals Manager has also been taken on for the company (read more below). The dance programme, given the theme of Mind & Spirit, was planned by Adolphe Binder, Artistic Director - Dance, and it is now opening the second season that she has planned at the Göteborg Opera.
All new employees:
Artistic Director Opera/drama:
Stephen Langridge (aged 50) from the UK. Stephen Langridge has worked as a director at opera houses and theatres throughout the world. He is well known for alternating major world stages with pioneering community-oriented drama projects in unconventional environments, often with groups that would normally not be given the chance to express themselves artistically. His most recent assignments as a director were for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Grange Park Opera. More information is available about Stephen in a press release from August 2012, when he was first appointed to the post.
Dancers, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani:
Nigel Campbell, from New York. Trained at The Juilliard School in New York and has previously worked with the Dance Company, Ballet des Saarlandisches Staatstheater and Luna Negra Dance Theater.
Martyn Garside, from the UK.
Mai Lisa Guinoo, from Norway
Maxime Lachaume, from France. Trained in Lyon, France. He has managed to fit in dancing with five different European companies and comes most recently from the Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam, where he had been a dancer since 2009.
Pascal Marty, from France
Jan Spoták, from Slovakia. Trained at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava and has previously also worked, for example, with dance companies such as the Slovak Dance Theatre, Norrdans and Dansk Danseteater.
Isaac Spencer, USA (not present today)
Rehearsals Manager, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani:
Pascale Mosselman, from France. Has danced in Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy, Nederlands Dans Theatre I, has been rehearsals manager at the Ballet Gulbenkian och Europa Danse, dance teacher at Esola Superior de dança and the national conservatory in Lisbon.
Musicians, The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Alex Hambleton, tutti horn
Francisco Lopez Martin, first flute
The Göteborg Opera chorus:
Season programme 2013-2014, as a PDF file http://sv.opera.se/om-oss/aktuellt/2013/sasongsprogrammet-for-2013-2014/