Published 13 March 2017
We have revealed the coming season!
Nina Stemme. Ohad Naharin. Edda Magnason. Sven Bertil Taube. Not to mention The Phantom of the Opera. Take a look – next season at the Göteborg Opera.
The Phantom of the Opera is on its way, Norma and Boris Gudonov as well. Gianni Schicchi has promised to turn up, and we’ll experience Die sieben Todsünden. Nina Stemme and several other reknowned sopranos will honour our godmother Birgit Nilsson, and internationally acclaimed choreographers Ohad Naharin and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will return.
Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/drama:
– According to many analysts, we are living in a post-truth reality; a world where evidence and facts that contradict opinion or a political narrative are denied; where public figures can say one thing now and the opposite later without shame; where disinformation and fake news are disseminated to control opinion; a world where Reality TV takes real people and turns them into two dimensional stereotypes; where the daily news makes some of the most outlandish opera plots look rational. Here at the Göteborg Opera we are on a different mission. We are making honest, truthful fiction; we bring made-up characters to life as complex, detailed, and multi-dimensional human beings. Through music and song we can imagine ourselves into someone else's world.
Katrín Hall, Artistic Director GöteborgsOperans Danskompani:
– GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is proud to present new commissioned works by Sharon Eyal, Roy Assaf, Sang Jijia and Damien Jalet. We are also honoured to continue our working relationship with the legendary choreographer Ohad Naharin, presenting a new version of his piece Decadance especially created for our Company with the title Decadance Gothenburg. Achieving a connection with you, our audience, is the most vital and important part of my future vision for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. We will continue to reach out, inviting you to open rehearsals and post-performance talks as well as introducing new creative ways to increase dialogue and participation. My aim, hope and intention is to increase the awareness and visibility of this unique company and to share our passion for the art form by delivering highly ambitious dance productions.
Premieres at The Göteborg Opera during 2017/2018
The Phantom of the Opera, 23 Sep 2017
Two major Nordic opera houses – the Göteborg Opera and the Finnish National Opera – have now joined forces in a new, extravagant productio– the first to be created for the fantastic opportunities that a real opera house can offer. The enduring narrative and music are given a lavish staging, and are interpreted by a large orchestra and opera chorus.
A Christmas Tale, 16 Dec 2017
We all love Christmas, don’t we? Well, no. Not everybody. One grumpy old man in particular hates it. It’s all humbug. How can we share the spirit of Christmas with this miserable old miser? Let’s start off with ghosts, humour, human generosity and warmth … Who could resist?
Die sieben Todsünden & Gianni Schicchi, 21 Oct 2017
Influences from jazz and cabaret – and Puccini’s uproarious comedy Gianni Schicchi (with one of the world’s most love arias: ‘O mio babbino caro’) are brought together in an inspired and decadent double-bill. The subject: loathsome people. The stage design combines the works into a single tale of excess, disdain, moral decay and sin.
Norma, 2 Dec 2017
Bellini’s masterpiece is the pinnacle of bel canto opera. A tragic love triangle in a dangerous world of political and religious conflict is expressed through sensual and beautiful music. There are not many singers who can rise to the challenge, but we are proud to present a home team of singers in this production from Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Titlerole sung by Katarina Karnéus.
For Love, Please Hold, 25 Jan 2018
This entertaining comic double-bill presents two short operas where love is calling. In La serva padrona, we meet a quick-witted serving girl who wants to move up in the world, preferably by snaring her surly master as a husband. The Telephone is a vivid comedy, where a telephone becomes the obstacle to a marriage proposal.
Ariadne auf Naxos, 3 Feb 2018
Richard Strauss’ beautiful opera of fervent passion and exuberant humour, is an ingenious and playful piece of theatre, that brings the conflict between ‘high’ art and popular culture to a head. A co-production, with Opera North, this new staging is set in a 1950’s Fellini-style film studio replete with film stars, clowns … “and action!”
Il barbiere di Seviglia, 24 March 2018
This captivating production of Rossini’s comedic masterpiece went down a storm at its premiere in 2000, with reviews such as: “Immensely successful. Rarely have I enjoyed myself so much at an opera” and “What a ‘Barber’! If I lived in Seville, I’d go for a haircut every day!” The Barber of Seville is a tribute to the zest for life and young love, in which the old and the self-righteous can only lick their wounds.
Boris Godunov, 21 April 2018
Mussorgsky’s opera is a bold, intense and magnificent chronicle about how a charismatic man manages to deceive the masses – a theme that sadly has not lost its relevance. It’s also an extraordinary portrait of a manipulative tyrant who is himself trapped in the machinery of power.
The Monster in the Maze, 30 May
Jonathan Dove’s opera brings together over 200 people on the Main Stage: opera singers, amateur singers of all ages, professional orchestral musicians and young musicians. Their mission: to defeat the Minotaur. Three of the main roles are played by three huge choruses put together especially for the production.
Kult, 9 Sep 2017
This double-bill presents two of the leading artists in contemporary dance: Decadance Gothenburg by Ohad Naharin and Sacre by Roy Assaf. Naharin will develop a new version of his Decadance for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. It’s a tribute to the joy of dance; a playground that allows us to celebrate dance through the ability to laugh at ourselves. Wonderfully ironic and exquisite, Sacre is a world premiere with Stravinsky’s masterpiece Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) performed together with the orchestra. Assaf will bring new meaning to the music while the men and women of the dance company will take turns in the sacrifice.
Damien Jalet & Icon, 7 Nov 2017
A new creation by highly-acclaimed choreographer Damien Jalet, in combination with Icon by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (a co-production with Eastman). An incomparable, stunning dance creation featuring live Japanese-Italian music, 18 outstanding dancers and 3.5 tonnes of clay.
Damien Jalet & Noetic, 24 Nov 2017
A new creation by highly acclaimed choreographer Damien Jalet, in combination with the international success Noetic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Noetic explores man’s instinctive need to structure every detail of our existence, our longing to break free from the rules and to discover what lies beyond them.
S & S, 3 March 2018
Two hypnotic creations – one by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, one by Sang Jijia – that seamlessly interweave dance, visual surprises and sound effects to a bold and seductive world premiere. The award-winning creative duo Eyal and Behar integrate dance, techno and technology; sometimes explosive, sometimes sublime. Former Forsythe-dancer Sang Jijia is a well-established choreographer in Asia, known for his alluring creations that inventively combine astounding physical dance with an emotional touch.
National Dance Collaboration, Spring 2018
We proudly present a brand new collaboration between Sweden’s three foremost dance companies: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, The Royal Swedish Ballet and Skånes Dansteater. A national co-production where three choreographers, one from each company, will be selected to create new pieces for each other’s companies. The exciting result will be performed by the best dancers in the country. On tour to Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö.
Carmen (dance guest performance), 14 June
Dance piece in two acts by Johan Inger. Compañía nacional de danza (National Dance Company of Spain) makes a guest performance with the award-winning creation by Swedish choreographer Johan Inger. He approaches the story from the perspective of an innocent child, focusing on the violence in this timeless story. The title role was created for Emilia Gisladottír, a member of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. The music is a collage of Bizet’s opera, Shchedrin’s ballet and newly commissioned music by Marc Álvarez.
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani’s reputation continues to grow internationally, with invitations from venues all over the world. During the 2017/2018 season, the company will be visiting Sadler’s Wells, London; Luxembourg; Paris – just to name a few.
Taube sings Taube, 12 Aug 2017
Singer, actor and entertainer Sven-Bertil Taube is one of Sweden’s most beloved artists. His artistry blends melancholy and seriousness with joy and an intense glow. In this concert, he performs some of the most treasured songs composed by his father, the national icon and troubadour Evert Taube. New arrangements for large orchestra by Peter Nordahl, conductor.
Mozart & Beethoven, 26 Aug 2017
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra goes on regional tour with an inspired programme: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth.
Ariadne 360°, 1 Oct 2017
This season, we’re staging Ariadne auf Naxos and The Monster in the Maze, both of which are based on parts of the Greek myth of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur. This orchestral concert lends the stage to five more Ariadne-inspired composers from different eras: from the Baroque period, Benedetto Marcello’s music for the theatre and Nicola Porpora’s opera, via Haydn’s cantata from the Viennese Classical style, to 20th century ballets by French composer Albert Roussel and American composer Elliot Carter.
Twelfth Night Concert with Ball, 5 Jan 2018
An unforgettable evening with a concert dedicated to Leonard Bernstein whose centenary falls in 2018. After the concert, the Main Stage will be transformed into a ballroom, where our Viennese Orchestra will strike up with some dance music, followed by a swing band and guest artist. Top off the evening with something delicious from the specially designed menus before or after the concert.
Dawn, 8 March 2018
On International Women’s Day, the Göteborg Opera Orchestra presents varied and exciting orchestral concert with music by some of theWestern world’s foremost female composers, such as Joan Tower, Ethel Smyth, Elfrida Andrée, Alma Mahler and Germaine Tailleferre. Conductor Ruut Kiiski.
A Tribute to Birgit Nilsson, 17 May
An epic celebration of the Göteborg Opera’s godmother – Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson whose centenary falls 17 May. Seven of her successors will assemble for a programme that will show La Nilsson’s entire span – from Wagner and Strauss via Verdi and Puccini to Swedish Lieder. The grandiose finale will see Katarina Dalayman, Katarina Karnéus, AnnLouice Lögdlund, Christina Nilsson, Annalena Persson, Elisabet Strid and Iréne Theorin performing The Ride of the Valkyries together!
Gothenburg Cultural Festival, 16 & 18 Aug 2017
An harmonious preview of what’s in store for the season, featuring soloists and orchestra, as well as the Göteborg Opera’s and Swedish Red Cross’ International Chorus. Conductor Henrik Schaefer.
Miniscen (Mini Stage)
Mini Stage is an umbrella term for our mobile productions created for children. Like our other stages, the Mini Stage presents all of our art forms: opera, dance, musical and concert. Mini Stage performances will appear on the Small Stage, the Skövde Stage, on tour and sometimes on the website GOfilm.se. This season, Mini Stage will present a newly composed mini musical theatre by Per Larsson and Linda Mallik.