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Opera in three acts by Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929).
  • Concert
  • 815 mar 2019, Main Stage.
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min, including a 30 minute intermission.
  • Ensemble Press images


    Marit Strindlund


    Markus Pettersson
    Julia Sporsén
    King Helge
    Mats Almgren
    Ann-Kristin Jones
    King Ring
    Carl Ackerfeldt
    Anders Lorentzson
    Peter Loguin
    An old woman
    Anna-Karin Simlund
    First woman
    Karin Hammarlund
    Second woman
    Rakel Haskiya
    Third woman
    Karin Andersson
    Voice from the attic
    Yvonne Helander
    First thrall
    Charlie T. Borg
    Second thrall
    Erik Enqvist
    Third thrall
    Thomas Sonefors
    Fourth thrall
    Tore Sverredal
    Voice from the courtyard
    Olof Söderberg
    A fighter
    Thomas Jönsson
    Voice from the cellar
    Herbjörn Thordarson
    The Göteborg Opera Chorus
    The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

Fritiofs saga

We are celebrating International Women’s Day with a captivating premiere of an opera by two important female artists: composer Frida Andrée and author Selma Lagerlöf.

A three-act opera by Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929). Libretto by Selma Lagerlöf based on Esaias Tegnér’s epic poem.

Performed as a concert in Swedish, with Swedish surtitles.
The performance will be broadcast live on Swedish National Radio.

Julia Sporsén sings Ingeborg’s aria from Frithiof’s Saga. Recorded during Gothenburg’s Cultural Festival 2018.

In the Old Norse love story, we meet the Viking hero Frithiof the bold and the king’s daughter Ingeborg, whose relationship leads to political conflict, the wrath of the gods, exile and reconciliation.

Marit Stridlund, conductor
Sandra Lee Pettersson

Frida Andrée was among other things a conductor, a choir leader, and Sweden’s first female cathedral organist (in Gothenburg Cathedral). When a competition was announced in 1894 to compose an opera for the inauguration of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, she submitted an entry. The text was written by Selma Lagerlöf, who had based her story on Esaias Tegnér’s epic poem Frithiof’s Saga.

Andrée’s contribution did not win (and nor did any of the other scores submitted, by the way) and so she turned it into an often performed Frithiof suite for orchestra. Wermland Opera first performed an hour-long excerpt from the opera in 2013, but it is only now that we will have the opportunity to hear this late-Romantic opera in its entirety. A world premiere in a way!

We will be giving a concert performance of the opera with all the focus on song and music. The conductor is Folkoperan’s Music Director Marit Strindlund.


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