About opera, musicals and concerts
“We are investigating the standard repertoire in a new, powerful way, while also introducing less well-known works from the whole 400-year repertoire of musical theatre and opera,” says Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director for Opera/Drama.
We aim to be a hub of creative activity, providing a platform for the development of new work. A place where experimentation can lead to new commissions.
Classic works mix with new ones, and popular works with others that are seldom produced. Different art forms enrich one another in creative encounters of the highest quality. Our stage artists maintain a high international level of performance, and indeed we often act as a springboard for the great artists of tomorrow.
“The Göteborg Opera will offer works spanning the period from the very beginnings of opera up to the present day including everything from baroque and grand opera to musicals. The name we give it is of less importance. A musical like Puccini's La Bohème is perhaps closer in style to Les Miserables than Monteverdi's Orfeo, the first operatic masterpiece, but we are focussed on quality and dynamic performance rather than narrow definitions of genre.”
The Göteborg Opera's collaborative ventures with other leading European opera houses means that we are able to present productions of international distinction by the very best creative teams. These collaborative ventures also lead to our own productions continuing their life on other stages. They help to put the Göteborg Opera on the European map.
The boundary between what constitutes a musical and what constitutes musical theatre, or even opera, can sometimes be somewhat diffuse. So says Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director for Opera/Drama.
At the Göteborg Opera it is our intention to stage all forms of musical theatre, from the beginnings of opera right up to the present day. Baroque opera, musicals and everything in-between. It’s all music theatre – who cares which category it’s filed under?
In recent years, the Göteborg Opera has been able to present exclusive musical titles such as Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Chess in Swedish and Mary Poppins. In several cases, the premier on the Main Stage has been the first outside London and New York.
A musical at the Göteborg Opera is usually staged in Swedish and, time and again, in a new translation. We are really proud to be able to say that we have developed the art form of musicals to the highest level, with an international standard of production of the very highest quality.
The Göteborg Opera also contributes to developing the musicals genre by commissioning new musical works, principally in a smaller format and for the young audience.
“We want concerts at the Göteborg Opera to provide a rounded, three dimensional experience – just as you get with an opera or a musical.”— Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/Drama
We hold a large number of concerts at the Göteborg Opera each season. In the small format, the concerts we put on include The Story Foyer for our very youngest audience, and foyer concerts which allow you to get really close to our singers and musicians. On the Main Stage, our orchestra concerts and operas put on as concert performances broaden our repertoire and make the Göteborg Opera Orchestra more visible than usual. Beyond this, we also invite audiences to attend family concerts, the Twelfth Night Concert and Ball, and more.
In the next few years, we are going to develop our concert offering giving these important events a unique and sometimes surprising flavour. Watch this space.