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Published 23 September 2013

Kristina från Duvemåla at the Göteborg Opera 2014

The musical Kristina från Duvemåla [Eng: Kristina from Duvemåla] is opening at the Göteborg Opera in autumn 2014 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the opera house. The production is being done in collaboration with Blixten & Co who are taking the musical on to Stockholm in autumn 2015.

Kristina från Duvemåla is a musical constructed by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Lars Rudolfsson around author Vilhelm Moberg's epic emigrant story. The action is centred around Kristina, Karl Oskar, their family and friends from the region of Småland who, like a million other Swedes, emigrated to North America from the mid-19th century onwards. It was first performed in Malmö in 1995. After that, the musical played at the Göteborg Opera and at Cirkus in Stockholm during the period 1995-99 and was seen by more than 1 million people.

Kristina från Duvemåla was the first musical played at the then new Göteborg Opera, premiering here in 1996. It is the most successful production of its kind to have played in the house.

"Now that the Göteborg Opera is celebrating its 20th anniversary, it feels fantastic to be able to present Kristina från Duvemåla again with a new generation of artists," says Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director Opera/Drama at the Göteborg Opera.

In February 2012, the musical premiered again, this time at the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki. The role of Kristina was played by Maria Ylipää, Karl Oskar by Robert Noack, Ulrika by Birthe Wingren and Robert by Oskar Nilsson. Lars Rudolfsson directed. The same team and principal players will be in the production being staged in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

"After five years of performances in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm in the 1990s, and after its recent run in Helsinki, it is really great that Kristina från Duvemåla is coming to the Swedish stage again," says Benny Andersson.

"It is a huge honour to work on a modern classic like Kristina från Duvemåla. We are really looking forward to giving Gothenburg and Stockholm the greatest Swedish musical experience of all time," says Leif Blixten Henriksson of Blixten & Co.

Premiere at the Göteborg Opera on 25 October 2014 and at Cirkus in Stockholm in September 2015. Tickets for the Göteborg Opera are planned for release in April 2014.

Press photos for Kristina från Duvemåla, is available for download from the Göteborg Opera webbpage.

For further information:
Jenny Jernberg, Press Officer, The Göteborg Opera direct: +46 (0)31 10 80 35 mobile:
+46 (0)768 01 80 35
Vera Tjärnå, Blixten & Co direct: +46 (0)8 4409228

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