Published 31 March 2011

The Göteborg Opera season 2011/2012

Three internationally acclaimed directors, the world première of a new musical drama, new dance productions, Sasha Waltz's famous dance production noBody and two new talents performing the principal roles in West Side Story. Today the Göteborg Opera released its programme for the 2011/2012 season.

The programme includes four new opera productions, a concertante opera and the return of a favourite production.

Richard Strauss' scandalous Salome starts off the season, with Göteborg Opera soprano Annalena Persson performing the title role. The production is a joint production with De Nederlandse Opera and directing will be the world famous Peter Konwitschny. Patrik Ringborg will be conducting. Ingela Brimberg will perform the title role in Tosca as Giacomo Puccini's classic is produced in a completely new version, directed by Sicily-based Lorenzo Mariani and conducted by Shao-Chia Lü. Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District will be the first ever chance at the Göteborg Opera to hear Copenhagen-based singer Maria Sjöberg. Thomas Sanderling will be conducting, and Graham Vick, one of the most acclaimed opera directors of our time, will direct. The third world famous director of the season: Christof Loy. This time he will be directing Gaetano Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia. The infamous murderess will be portrayed by Russian soprano Katya Morozova Levin and the orchestra will be led by our First Guest Conductor Giancarlo Andretta. Andretta will also conduct the concertante opera of the season – Attila by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Anders Lorentzson and Francesca Patanè, among others. We will also bring back a favourite of both critics and audiences - Die Zauberflöte from 2009, directed and translated by Rikard Bergqvist.

The musical drama world première of the season is Duktig pojke (Good Boy), based on Inger Edelfeldt's famous young persons' novel with the same name. Composer Ann-Louise Liljedahl is composing the music for ten singers and four musicians and Elisabeth Linton will direct. The world première will take place on the Small Stage and the production will then tour the region. The target group is young people attending 9th grade and up. The initiative Unga för unga (By the Young for the Young) will continue, led by Mia Ringblom Hjertner. This season the focus will be on kids in 4th grade. School pupils will be invited to send in ideas that then play a part in creating the production. The Göteborg Opera Children's Choir will perform in concerts of their own and will also participate in the opera Tosca. The popular Storytelling in the Foyer for the very youngest members of our audience will continue.

One choreographer at the very forefront of contemporary dance will work with the Göteborg Opera for the very first time next season, German choreographer Sasha Waltz. The Göteborg Ballet will produce her famous work noBody. The dance company will continue to explore collaborations with new choreographers, and this season will offer three world premieres: Leinonen/Franzén/Zappalà. Finnish Susanna Leinonen, Swedish Helena Franzén and Italian Roberto Zappalà will each create a work to completely new music composed by Kasperi Laine (Leinonen), Jukka Rintamäki (Franzén) and Puccio Castrogiovanni (Zappalà). Mats Ek's modern classic Törnrosa (Sleeping Beauty) will return and the Small Stage will host a dance production for children from 4th to 6th grade, as well as performances of the seasonal student company NUDANS. A large part of the spring season will be reserved for the international tours of the Göteborg Ballet, which will include performances in the US. In addition, we will offer a guest performance of a ballet classic, Giselle, which will be danced by the Dutch National Ballet.

The great musical of the season, West Side Story, will see Maria being sung by Sofie Asplund who is currently attending the University College of Opera in Stockholm. Tony will be performed by Bruno Mitsogiannis who currently is performing the male principal role in We will rock you, a production which has been performed in Stockholm and is currently being performed in Oslo. Stina Ancker will be directing and Peter Svenzon will create the choreography. Nick Davies and Finn Rosengren will be conducting.

Smaller productions include the musical Freuds cigarr (Freud's cigar), which will tour the region. Jan-Erik Sääf is the composer, and the role of Freud will be performed by Jonas Nerbe. The production has previously been performed at the Boulevard Theatre in Stockholm.

We will also offer an orchestral concert on the theme of Schumann and Schubert this autumn, conducted by Henrik Schaefer. The spring orchestral concert will be based on Beethoven and conducted by Giancarlo Andretta. The Göteborg Opera's popular Christmas Concert Jultrad-i-ton will return, and our Epiphany Concert and Ball will be performed as is our tradition.

The Göteborg Opera general programme for the season of 2010/2011 is available as a page-turning pdf .

Generalprogrammet 2011/2012 (pdf).

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