You are viewing an archived production from GöteborgsOperan.

Back to main site

For love, please hold 2014

Opera. Our regional stages promise two wonderful comic operas from different centuries.

The Göteborg Opera Skövde stage
Performances in Skövde and at Kronhuset in Gothenburg. Performed in Swedish.

The house soloist, Mattias Ermedahl, has directed several opera productions before, but now he is doing it at The Göteborg Opera for the first time. He is directing La serva padrona and is also performing as Ben in The Telephone, directed by Mia Ringblom Hjertner. After several successful productions for children and teenagers, she is now directing her first adult opera. Soprano Eva-Lotta Ohlsson faces the challenge of playing both strong-willed Serpina and Lucy.

Tour For love, please hold

18 Oct
Partille, Kulturum
031-792 96 00

6 Nov
Vårgårda, Kulturen
0708-11 53 53

7 Nov
Hunnebostrand, Folkets Hus
0523-66 46 54

8 Nov
Trollhättan, Hebeteatern
0520-42 25 00

14 Nov
Vänersborg, Vänersborgs Teater
0521-57 57 57

La serva padrona

Opera buffa in two acts by GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (1710-1736).
Libretto by GENNARO ANTONIO FEDERICO based on a play by J A Nelli.
Swedish translation by Carin Bartosch.

In history's first comic opera, Pergolesi's La serva padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress), dating from 1733, the wilful and temperamental serving girl, Serpina, has given herself the task of hooking her brusque master as a husband. Through cunning, she finally marries him and thus becomes mistress of the house.

The Telephone

A comic opera in one act by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911-2007).
Libretto by the composer. Swedish translation by Nils Castegren.

In Menotti's The Telephone, dating from 1946, a young man, Ben, tries to find the right moment to propose to his garrulous girlfriend Lucy, but he is constantly interrupted because she has to answer the phone. Finally, he comes up with a solution as to how to get to speak to his beloved.

Watch an interview with the directors


  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 27 Sep 2014
  • Last show: 1 Nov 2014
  • Location:

    Kronhuset, Göteborg

    Skövde Stage, Skövde

  • Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including 1 interval.
  • Info:Performances at Skövdescenen in Skövde and in Kronhuset in Gothenburg. Regional tour October 18, and November 6-14.

Musical direction   Joakim Kallhed
Director   Mattias Ermedahl
Set and Costume Design   Gunnar Ekman
Lighting Design   Joakim Brink
Musical direction   Joakim Kallhed
Director   Mia Ringblom Hjertner
Set and Costume Design   Gunnar Ekman
Lighting Design   Joakim Brink

Uberto   Mats Persson
Serpina    Eva-Lotta Ohlsson
Vespone    David Lundqvist
Lucy    Eva-Lotta Ohlsson
Ben    Mattias Ermedahl
Pianist Frank   Joakim Kallhed


Play Interval