Published 17 May 2011

Tjolahopp, tjolahej!

Family concert with music from Astrid Lindgren's fantastic stories. Première at the Göteborg Opera on Friday 27 May at 7pm

Astrid Lindgren did not just write fantastic stories, she also wrote the lyrics for the songs in her plays and films. These were set to music by some of Sweden's most prominent composers such as Georg Riedel and Jan Johansson. Now as the Göteborg Opera rounds off a season of initiatives aimed at children and young people, it is going to hold a concert for the whole family, featuring music from Astrid Lindgren's fantastic stories. In Tjolahopp, tjolahej! we get to hear music from stories such as Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking), Karlsson på taket (Karlsson on the Roof), Ronja Rövardotter (Ronia the Robber's Daughter), Madicken (Mardie or Mischievous Meg), Saltkråkan (Seacrow Island) and Emil i Lönneberga (Emil of Lönneberga).

Göteborg Opera's Mia Ringblom Hjertner, manager of the Youth programme, has picked out some familiar songs and some less frequently played gems from among Astrid Lindgren's songs. The concert will feature soloists Hanna Brehmer, Lars Hjertner, Nina Ewald and Mattias Ermedahl together with the Göteborg Opera Chours, Children's Chours and Orchestra in addition to three dancers.

Hanna Brehmer has played roles such as Skorpan in Bröderna Lejonhjärta (the Brothers Lionheart)at Göteborg Opera. Nina Ewald played several of the roles, this spring, in the critically acclaimed Min mamma är en drake [My mother is a dragon]. During the season, Lars Hjertner has been playing roles such as Cecil B. DeMille in Sunset Boulevard, been the narrator in Babar and has just finished a tour in Skåne with Charlie Chaplin – en lek med allvar, a collaborative venture with Malmö Opera. Right now, Mattias Ermedahl is topical as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and is returning next season as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte.

The conductor is Alexander Hanson, who trained as a trumpeter at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he also commenced his training as a conductor. In 2001, he continued his conducting studies at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki. Since 2005, he has been principal conductor and artistic director for the Göteborg Wind Orchestra. Alexander Hanson has also made recordings with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the DalaSinfonietta.

Press showing of Tjolahopp, tjolahej! on Wednesday 25 May at 2.45pm. Please contact the undersigned if you will be attending.

For review tickets for the première, please contact Anita Manskog at or on +46 (0)31 10 80 34. Playing time around 1 hour and 50 minutes, including intermission.

With kind regards,
Christina Bjerkander
Press Officer
+46 (0)31 10 80 35

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