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Opera concert – 26 February 2017
  • Concert
  • 26 feb 2017, Main Stage.
  • Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 interval
  • Ensemble Press images


    David Björkman


    Markus Pettersson
    Elisabet Strid
    Kersti’s mother
    Maria Streijffert
    Soldier, Kersti’s father
    Karl Peter Eriksson
    Sexton, Kersti’s grandfather
    Caspar Engdahl
    Brita, Mats’ sister
    Katarina Karnéus
    Mats’ grandmother
    Åsa Thyllman
    Mats’ grandfather
    Mats Almgren
    Mats’ father
    Ingemar Anderson
    Mats’ mother
    Hannah Körner
    Anna, Mats' sister
    Frida Engström
    Lill-Karin, Mats' sister
    My Wegnelius Jarlstedt
    Lill-Mats, Mats' brother
    Philip Engström
    Åke Zetterström
    Mats Persson
    Forskarlen (water sprite)
    Mattias Ermedahl
    Jordegumman (midwife)
    Ann-Kristin Jones
    Voice of the child
    Elisa Svedberg (akt 2), Inez Carlsson (akt 4)
    Mats' relative
    Daniel Ralphsson
    Kersti's relatives
    Frida Hagman, Tiina Markkanen, Mari Lindbäck, Petter Reingardt, Caspar Engdahl
    The Göteborg Opera Descant Choir
    The men from the Göteborg Opera Chorus
    Erik Enqvist
    Nikolaj Giljov
    Reima Killström
    Olof Söderberg
    Karl Johan Nordensten
    Thomas Sonefors
    Herbjörn Thordarson
    Sven Törnell
    The Göteborg Opera Orchestra


A Swedish opera based on a play by August Strindberg. Elisabet Strid will sing the title role in Rangström’s Kronbruden (The Crown Bride), part of the season’s concert series of important but rarely performed Swedish operas.

Even while August Strindberg was writing his play in 1901, it seemed to be crying out to be set to music. Twenty years later, composer Ture Rangström came to the rescue and created an opera based on the play.  The result became one of the most regularly performed and popular Swedish operas.

Elisabet Strid
Emelie Kroon

Combining folklore with impressionism and symbolism, the drama is about the proud Kersti, who drowns her new-born baby in order to be crown bride and marry her beloved Mats. But both her conscience and social pressure catch up with her. The scene in which the dead child appears to Kersti to the piercing tones of the orchestra’s celesta cannot fail to move. 

The lead role will be sung by Elisabet Strid, who has pursued a high-profile international career since performing our Rusalka in Dvořák’s opera in 2012. Kronbruden will be conducted by David Björkman.


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