- – Main Stage.
- Kerstin Perski
- Paula af Malmborg Ward
- Andreas Hanson
- Clara Svärd
- Set and costume design
- Marika Feinsilber
- Lighting design
- Anna Wemmert Clausen
Mytomania is a part of the city of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary.
A new opera about an unscrupulous celebrity surgeon.
Opera in two acts by Paula af Malmborg Ward (b. 1962). Libretto Kerstin Perski.
Performed in Swedish, with surtitles in both Swedish and English.
Francis is an eminent surgeon, revered and adored by all and sundry for his groundbreaking research. Meanwhile, in his private life, he attends couples therapy with his wife while having a passionate love affair with the therapist. But Francis’s life is built on pretence, and his research is all bluff. His patients occasionally die.
Perhaps swindlers are living out a secret longing for life to be more than it is. We’re all taken in by his lies. When somebody tries to alert us to his deception, we choose not to listen. Who dares unmask a fraud whom everyone is determined to believe?
”Mytomania” is an opera by Gothenburg composer Paula af Malmborg Ward and librettist Kerstin Perski, based on a joint idea and an original story by Kerstin Perski. Paula af Malmborg Ward has composed some ten operas, as well as orchestral, chamber and choral works and TV music. Her contemporary musical language follows every nuance of the drama. Playwright Kerstin Perski has written librettos for several new operas, both in Sweden and internationally. She was also the librettist for The Göteborg Opera’s previous world premiere, Notorious, with music by Hans Gefors.
Tenor Joachim Bäckström sings the role of the manipulative Francis, while his long-suffering, stoically devoted wife Rita is portrayed by mezzo-soprano Ann-Kristin Jones. Coloratura soprano Kerstin Avemo is Nelly the therapist, the drama’s real leading character. Nelly is torn between truth and deception, and does her utmost make people realise that the well-respected surgeon is a compulsive liar.
One hour prior to each opera on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held on the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free, limited seating.
Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction at the premiere performance.