Published 29 March 2020
Season 2020/2021 is here!
Opera favourites like Don Giovanni, La bohème and Nabucco as well as more rare experiences like Wagner’s Siegfried and the newly-written opera Mytomania. There are big show numbers in the gripping musical Cabaret, breathtaking dance by several of Scandinavia’s best choreographers, and concerts which will blend both genres and orchestras!
Opera by Puccini
We welcome the revival of the successful production from last season, staged by a young British team led by director Max Webster. Ida Falk Winland (Mimì) and Sofie Asplund (Musetta) appear in their respective roles for the first time, while young South Korean tenor Jung Soo Yun takes the role of Rodolfo.
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Operetta music by Offenbach
Offenbach was a master at parodying his contemporary world – which he did with exuberant, melodious music. The operetta’s entertaining and touching plot is based on actual events from the composer’s life. On tour in Västra Götaland.
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Opera by Verdi
Film screenings of Das Rheingold and
Operas by Wagner
Part of Der Ring des Nibelungen 2018–2021. No-one does doom and destruction quite like Wagner. His epic work Der Ring des Nibelungen (the Ring Cycle) spans three generations or characters and four operas. Prepare for Siegfried by watching our screenings of the preceding operas in the Ring Cycle.
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Opera by Wagner
Part of Der Ring des Nibelungen 2018–2021. In part three of the Ring Cycle, a member of the new generation enters the plot: Siegfried, an orphaned and fearless youth who was raised from birth by the Nibelung dwarf Mime. The four operas are conducted by Evan Rogister, Principal Conductor of Washington National Opera. The director is Stephen Langridge, The Göteborg Opera’s artistic director for Opera/Drama in 2013–2019.
Opera by af Malmborg Ward and Perski
A new opera about an unscrupulous celebrity surgeon. 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. 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.
Opera by Bellini
Bel canto means beautiful singing in Italian, and the term has given its name to an entire operatic style. The ultimate gem of bel canto opera is Bellini’s Norma, a tragedy spun from sublime, sensual music, such as the famous aria "Casta diva". The title role requires gripping presence, flawless technical skill and a voice capable of both heavy and light nuances. Swedish court singer Katarina Karnéus received the Opera Prize from Svenska Dagbladet for her portrayal of the role in 2018. In this revival, the young Adalgisa is sung by soprano Mia Karlsson. The deceitful Pollione, whom both women love, is sung by tenor Tomas Lind. ”Takes your breath away” — Dagens Nyheter.
Opera by Mozart
The man we love to hate. Mozart’s opera about the unscrupulous rogue Don Giovanni is musical theatre of the highest order as well as one of Mozart’s darkest operas. Its diabolical atmosphere, comic moments, well-observed female characters and complex title character places it firmly among the greatest operas of all time.Learn more about Don Giovanni
Out of Time
Creations by Jo Strømgren and Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman
Dancing with time. Two world premieres with one of Europe’s leading dance companies. And many missing horses...
Ministry of Unresolved Feelings When the social safety net isn’t enough. Who do you turn to if you’re only capable of crying when you don’t want to, if you get angry with dustbins, or if bread gives you panic attacks? To the Ministry, of course! On tour in Västra Götaland.
Creation by Jo Strømgren
12 songs +
Creations by Kenneth Kvarnström, Hofesh Shechter and Wang Ramirez
Staged creations for voice and movement. One of Scandinavia’s most leading musicians, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra. Combined with two amazing revival creations.
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Inger & Øyen
Creations by Johan Inger and Alan Lucien Øyen
Two world premieres by Scandinavian choreographers. Johan Inger from Sweden and Norway’s Alan Lucien Øyen will each create a piece for the company.
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Musical by Fred Ebb, John Kander and Joe Masteroff
When darkness falls, we must light up the darkness. Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Those bold enough to step into the Kit Kat Club will never want to leave. There’s a place here for everyone. Under the watchful eye of the compere, this Berlin nightclub is a free haven where no fantasies are out of bounds.
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Boye & Hörberg
An intimate musical story based on the poetry of Karin Boye and Barbro Hörberg, created and performed by musical artist Ingahlill Wagelin. She lovingly portrays the two women and their approach to life. Performed in Skövde, Gothenburg and on your in Västra Götaland.
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Tinsel and Tumult
Tinsel and Tumult is a new family musical. Accompanied by new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes, a musical adventure unfolds with joy and seriousness in equal measures. The Göteborg Opera soloists, chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra throng the stage conducted by Lars Kvensler.
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Musical theatre by Jacob Andréas, Rudina Hatipi and Micaela Sjöstedt
Hashtag life, hashtag you’re ok. The new musical Filter explores young people’s thoughts on identity and self-image in today’s social media-dominated world. The first performance will be given for the school students who took part in the process. Filter is primarily written for teenagers aged 13–16, but will be appreciated by anyone who has ever been young and questioned their own identity. Performed at schools in Gothenburg, and on the Small Stage.
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Rakel and the Oracle
Mini-musical by Per Larsson och Anders Wängdahl
A thought-provoking story for children from 6 to 8 years old. Having a best friend is the best thing ever. But friends sometimes fall out. How can they make up again? Supported by the magic of the stage and inventive choreography, the audience joins Rachel and her anxious teddy-bear Pentti on a imaginative journey that provides food for thought for people of all ages.Learn more about Rakel and the Oracle
Join us for a scintillating evening in the company of Gothenburg’s liveliest 100-year-old! In 1920, the theatre Stora Teatern, formerly a venue for guest performances, became home to the Gothenburg Lyric Ensemble. For the first time, Sweden’s second city gained its own institution with an orchestra, choir, ensemble of soloists and administration. This is a 100th anniversary worth celebrating.
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The Göteborg Opera and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform all Beethoven's nine symphonies – in one day! For a total of 12 hours, all nine symphonies will be performed over three concerts at Gothenburg Concert Hall and the Göteborg Opera.
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Winter Choral Concerts
The Göteborg Opera Chorus on tour. Classic Christmas songs, art songs and operatic favourites. When half of the Göteborg Opera Chorus embark on a winter tour, exquisite music is in focus. Enjoy a varied programme of pieces, from the singers’ personal favourites to popular classics.
Twelfth Night Concert and Ball
Only the best will do. Experience an unforgettable Twelfth Night overflowing with fantastic music and delicious food and drink. This bespoke winter concert will pay magnificent tribute to Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary.
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You choose what we play! What do you want to hear? Do you have a favourite aria, a special song you can’t get enough of or an orchestral piece that gives you goosebumps? Well, now’s your chance to express your wish.
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Late Summer Concert
Opera gems and previews from the upcoming season. Soloists Mia Karlsson, Ann-Kristin Jones, Tomas Lind and Mats Almgren perform excerpts from all the operas in the 2020/2021 season as well as their own favourites.Learn more about the Late Summer Concert
Gothenburg Culture Festival
Singers and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra will fill the Main Stage with glorious glimpses from the upcoming season. GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will also appear in a selection of short films.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard
To mark International Women's Day, we will celebrate women’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the first Swedish parliamentary election in which women were allowed to vote. The programme includes Elfrida Andrée’s Kantat vid internationella kvinnliga rösträttskongressen (Cantata at the International Congress for Women's suffrage). The Göteborg Opera’s soloists, female chorus and orchestra will join in the tribute.
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Sing Along! / Existence
Choral pieces by John Barber and Susanna Lindmark
Welcome to a concert for the whole family! A concert in two halves packed with sing-along numbers and a brand new work for young singers. A collaboration with Arctic Light (Norrbottensmusiken).
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Recreate: The Ministry
Together with professional artists, a group of young people aged 13 to 21 will create a new work based on themes from choreographer Jo Strømgren’s humorous dance piece The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings.
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Fun days where children and young people can dance, sing, listen, play and learn more about all the art forms offered at The Göteborg Opera. Examples of activities include children’s choir singing and baby dancing. Family Foyer is held twice per season.Learn more about the Family Foyer
Relaxed PerformancesOur “relaxed performances” are a type of concert specially created for audience members who have difficulty attending ordinary performances for some reason or other. The concerts have an informal atmosphere, and the audience is free to move around, dance, sing or just listen to the music and sounds. Audience members can easily come and go as they please.
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During the February break, The Göteborg Opera will open its doors to all inquisitive children, teenagers and their grown-ups. Free admission, but some activities require pre-booking.
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Inspiring days for curious people. Skapa Days are the perfect opportunity to explore music, singing, musical drama and dance. It’s a fabulous opportunity to try things out, get ideas or inspire others.
Learn more about Skapa Days 2020/2021