Published 31 March 2014
Cry, laugh, be curious, gain new perspectives –
welcome to the Göteborg Opera 2014/2015
Four centuries of opera that invite you to make new discoveries, dance that investigates the magical land and looks in on our inner worlds, creative work with groups and young people, concerts with close musical contact, and the big musical Kristina from Duvemåla. Today, the Göteborg Opera presents its 2014-2015 season.
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro directed by Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director – Opera/Drama opens the opera season. Transposed to the Franco period in Spain, this comic opera is permeated with class conflicts and revolutionary ideas. Two teams of soloists each with its own conductor – Jane Glover and Patrik Ringborg – provide an opportunity to experience two different versions of the production.
Engelbert Humperdinck's enduring masterpiece Hansel and Gretel is coming at last to the Göteborg Opera. The action has a contemporary setting and many people are bound to recognise themselves in the parents who never have time and the children who turn to the world of their imagination. Just in time for Christmas, this promises some breathtaking experiences for the whole family, directed by Katharina Thoma. Conducted by Henrik Schaefer, Musical Director of the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
A Flowering Tree was first performed in 2006 but tells an Indian tale that is 2000 years old. The opera was written by John Adams, one of today's most highly praised operatic composers. Directed by Nicola Raab, creator of the Göteborg Opera's acclaimed and internationally highly successful production of Thaïs, and conducted by Joana Caneiro. This is a co-production by Teatro Communale di Bolzano and Chicago Opera Theatre. Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Schönberg's Erwartung together form a terrifying double-bill to fire the imagination, which drills down deep into the human psyche. Director David Radok brings them together into one whole performance. Conductor: Evan Rogister.
Two opera tours are to be undertaken in the county of Västra Götaland during this season.For love please hold is a two-part programme involving the short, comic operas La serva padrona dating from 1733 and The Telephone from 1946. Premiering in Skövde and touring within Västra Götaland. Directed by Mattias Ermedahl and Mia Ringblom Hjertner respectively. Spring 2015 the audience will be invited to experience Verdi's Rigoletto at close quarters in a tent. Rikard Berqvist, most recently involved with the acclaimed production of Carmencita Rockefeller, directs.
The season concludes with the revival premiere of David Radok´s charming production of Cinderella, with new singers in almost all of the roles, and conducted by Giancarlo Andretta. During the season, the casts will include several exciting Swedish and international guests, and the house's own strong group of soloists.
Under Adolphe Binder's artistic direction, each dance season is given its own theme – a theme that stands on its own and also links back to what has gone before. A binding thread of subjects to capture and explore contemporary transformations, fears and dreams. In the 2014/2015 season, the theme is Wonderland – weird and wonderful. All premieres on the Main Stage are world premieres created for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. First off, as early as September, is Wonderland/Wasteland by Anton Lachky from Slovakia and Ina Christel Johannessen from Norway. Lachky's piece is the surrealist A´s Adventure full of twisted, humorous characters in a magical landscape with dark forests and icebergs, in the same spirit as Alice in Wonderland. Wasteland questions our frenzied consumerism in an avant-garde, socially critical piece. Both are performed to live music – in A´s Adventure by the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, and in Wasteland by Stray Dogs from Belgium.
In spring 2015, the programme will include the premiere of Shadowland/Neverland by Michael Keegan-Dolan from Ireland and Alan Lucien Øyen from Norway. Keegan-Dolan and his company have been described as the most challenging and original in the world. In Shadowland, he creates a breathtaking trip to Blåkulla: witch-hunts, sorcery and a fervour to wipe out anything odd and unfitting. In the evening's other work, Neverland , Alan Lucien Øyen is inspired by Peter Pan and Puck from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Øyen has been awarded numerous international prizes for his dances.
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will be going on a number of international tours during the season, including one with the critically acclaimed Spirit.
There will be more dance in Northern(de)Lights 2, at the Gothenburg Cultural Festival, NUdans and 37°/Suburbia 2. In May 2015, about one hundred teenagers and older people will be performing in Stravinsky's The Firebird to a full orchestra and with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
Young people and participation ===
Pupils from some of Västra Götaland's upper secondary special schools will be responsible for performance and material for this year's By the Young For the Young, which is all about meetings. Concept and direction Mia Ringblom Hjertner and composer Per Larsson. Also on the programme are The Story Foyer for our youngest audience, concerts with the Göteborg Opera Children's Chorus and the Göteborg Opera Treble Chorus. Regardless of whether you are 2, 22 or 102, you are invited to the Göteborg Opera Opera/Drama's creative workshops with groups and young people. The aim is to create and stage new works with contributions from the general public and artistic ensembles.
Ever since it became known that Kristina from Duvemåla – the successful musical by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Lars Rudolfsson – was to be staged once again at the Göteborg Opera advance interest has been huge. 25 October is the date for the premiere of this production which was a smash hit in Helsinki in 2012. The same quartet that played the main roles then – Maria Ylipää, Robert Noack, Birthe Wingren and Oskar Nilsson, about twenty musical artists, the Göteborg Opera Chorus, the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, children and dancers, will all be performing. Kristina from Duvemåla is being staged in conjunction with Charlotta Teaterproduktion and Blixten & Co.
First in the concert season is a concert version of the Richard Strauss opera Daphne on 15 August. The Göteborg Opera orchestral concerts moved recently in a new direction, towards close contact with both the music and the musicians. On 30 November, there will be a special day for chamber music, entitled Close Contact. The Christmas Concert for all the family is being given a new look and will be presented by the Duratrion trio of singers, as Jultrad-i-trion. Living, dying and surviving in February will be a magnificent collection of pieces written around the time of the Second World War, including music that was banned by the Nazis and the childrens opera Brundibar. The Göteborg Opera will be converted into a cinema auditorium when the BBC's multi-award-winning documentary series Frozen Planet takes us on the ultimate polar expedition. The Göteborg Opera Orchestra will be playing live. A real experience for all the family.
Many ways to experience the Göteborg Opera ===
New digital transmissions to cinemas, in collaboration with Sweden's National Federation of People's Parks and Community Centres, are being planned for Wonderland/Wasteland and, with a particular focus on schools as the target audience, Hansel and Gretel. Sveriges Radio is to continue making its live broadcasts of the house's opera premieres, in Sweden and abroad.
During the season, there will also be celebrations for the Göteborg Opera's 20th anniversary including activities, events and special offers throughout 2014. An anniversary book will be published in the autumn and there will be special celebrations on the actual anniversary date of 1 October.
For further information: Jenny Jernberg, Press Officer +46 (0)31 10 80 35/+46 (0)768 018035.
Press photos of performers and some productions for 2014/2015 are available at http://en.opera.se/press/bilder/sasongen-2014-2015-pa-goteborgsoperan/.