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"Devilishly good" – Expressen
  • Opera
  • 13 apr12 may 2019, Main Stage.
  • Duration: 2 hours, including 1 interval.
  • Ensemble Press images


    Claire Levacher
    Direction & Set design
    David Radok
    Costume design
    Zuzana Ježková
    Lighting design
    Přemysl Janda
    Video design
    Dalibor Fencl

    Trois fragments de Juliette

    Kerstin Avemo
    Joachim Bäckström
    The seller of memories, Grandfather Youth, Nightwatchman, Old arab
    Anders Lorentzson
    The seller of memories, Grandfather Youth, Nightwatchman, Old arab 10/5, 12/5
    Roman Hoza
    Torgny Sporsén
    Marianne Schell
    The girl
    Alice Påhlsson / Blanka Räftegård Evanne
    Siri Carbin Åhlund, Alice Edvardsson, Dina Grundberg, Julia Lindgren, Ida MacGregor, Hilma Persson, Ebba Tegelberg, Siri Wirefeldt Blylods
    The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

    La voix humaine

    The Woman
    Kerstin Avemo
    The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

Trois fragments de Juliette & La voix humaine

The dream of a dream relationship.

Trois fragments de Juliette

One-act opera by Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959). Libretto by the composer, based on a play by Georges Neveux: Juliette, ou La clé des songes. Critical edition by Aleš Březina.

La voix humaine

One-act opera by Francis Poulenc (1899–1963). Libretto by Jean Cocteau.

Performed in French with Swedish and English surtitles.
The premiere will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P2.

The idea of the perfect relationship—unblemished love—is an illusion people are eager to keep alive. We write poems about it, sing about it, long for it and dream of it.

The Göteborg Opera’s director David Radok has lately produced unexpected combinations of one act works, such as last season’s Die Sieben Todsünden & Gianni Schicchi. This double-bill will also interweave two distinct works into a new entity – a surreal love story.

Trois fragments de Juliette

The night begins with a world premiere: the first staging of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů’s surrealist Trois fragments de Juliette, consisting of three scenes from his opera Julieta (1938). The French libretto was based on a play by surrealist George Neveux. The opera’s Swedish title, Nyckeln till drömmarna (The Key to Dreams) is taken from the subtitle of this play.

Michel is trying to find a woman he has designated the love of his life – a woman whose voice he heard once a long time ago. Is she real or a figment of his imagination? Martinů himself regarded the plot of his opera as balancing on the border between reality and illusion: “The opera is full of unexpected situations and illogical events. The only consistent thread running through it is the human mind. Memory.”

La voix humaine

Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine, (The human voice) from 1959 describes a woman’s desperate attempts to save a relationship. She talks to her former lover on the phone and is flung from hope to despair, and denial to acceptance. Once the dream of love has died, she can see only one way out. Death. Reality shifts and an illusion takes its place. Are this pair of lovers the same people as in the previous piece?

In the roles of Juliette and the Woman is multi-award-winning Kerstin Avemowhose unparalleled power of expression enthrals audiences. Her Michel is Joachim BäckströmThis intense double bill is directed by Claire Levacher from France.

Kerstin Avemo sings a section from Poulenc’s ”La voix humaine”. Recorded during our season presentation concert, August 2018.

The Small Stage, 1 hr before each performance (except the premiere)

Take the opportunity to learn more about the performance and get insight into the story and the background. Introductions take place either on our Small Stage an hour before opera and dance performances (but are not held before premieres, guest performances or dance performances which have a physical introduction).

Introductions do not cost anything extra, use your performance ticket to enter. Introduction take about 20 minutes and are presented in Swedish. They are popular, so come early to make sure you get a seat!

Martinů exhibition

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Czech Centre in Stockholm, the Göteborg Opera shows parts of the exhibition “The Martinů Phenomenon” from the National Museum in Prague. The exhibition is about the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959), whose “Trois fragments de Juliette” will see its first staging ever this spring.

The exhibition is open to all during the performance period.

Commented presentation: On 13 April at 4.30pm (prior to the premiere performance), a commented presentation of the exhibition will be held in English, led by Martinů expert Aleš Březina.

Premiere 13 April 2019
6 performances, runs until.


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