Published 3 August 2012

Stephen Langridge
Stephen LangridgeJoakim Hovrevik

Stephen Langridge – new Artistic Director for opera/drama at The Göteborg Opera

Everything is now in place for Stephen Langridge to take over as Artistic Director for opera/drama at The Göteborg Opera as from the 2013/2014 season. Stephen Langridge is an internationally active, renowned opera and theatre director who has worked at many of the world's major opera houses, including Teatro Nationale de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Lyric Opera in Chicago, Volksoper in Vienna, Greek National Opera in Athens and Tokyo Opera City. Throughout his career, he has alternated between the great stages and ground-breaking community-oriented drama projects in unconventional environments, frequently with groups of people who would not normally have the opportunity to express themselves in an artistic way, such as Julius Caesar and West Side Story in British prisons and a major multicultural project in South African townships. He has directed opera performances in Sweden and the Nordic region, and has been Artistic Director of Share Music, which does integrated musical theatre for young people with and without functional impairment. Before taking up his post at The Göteborg Opera, he will, among other things, direct Madame Butterfly at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and Parsifal for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.

- We are extremely pleased to have attracted Stephen Langridge, whose many years of experience in the international world of opera has been exceptionally broad-based, while he also knows a great deal about the Nordic theatre and its opportunities. Stephen's qualifications and his innovative ideas fit in very well with our strategy of developing into one of Northern Europe's leading opera houses," says Peter Hansson, Managing Director of The Göteborg Opera.

- I am excited to be joining this vibrant company - a company raising its ambitions at a time when so many are reducing, retrenching, and playing safe. I hope to build on the excellent work of Lise-Lotte Axelsson in developing the international profile of the company, while simultaneously both strengthening the company's position in the city and the region through strategic access and outreach projects. Firmly rooted in its community, producing international standard of work and nurturing new groth: With these three elements working hand in hand The Göteborg Opera has the potential to lead the way towards a dynamic new model for an opera company of the 21st century, says Stephen Langridge.

Stephen Langridge is 49 years old, from England and currently living in London. He will start his position ahead of the 2013/2014 season when the current Artistic Director for opera/drama, Lise-Lotte Axelsson, will be leaving her position, as planned, after eight seasons. His appointment will run for five years. The planning for the 2013/2014 season will be done by Lise-Lotte Axelsson.

Pressphotos Caption: Stephen Langridge – new Artistic Director for opera/drama at The Göteborg Opera as from 2013/2014. Photo: Joakim Hovrevik,The Göteborg Opera

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