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“The orchestra is very flexible,” says Mette Berntzen, Head of Orchestra at the Göteborg Opera. “The opera house has a broad repertoire and we play everything from baroque opera to musicals. The musicians have a good command of many different styles and adapt their way of playing to what is happening on stage.”

About two weeks before the premiere the musicians move from their rehearsal rooms and begin to rehearse in the orchestra pit together with the rest of the ensemble. The number of musicians in the orchestra pit varies.

“If it’s a great romantic opera, by Strauss for example, then all of us are in the orchestra pit. At other times there might only be about thirty of us. It depends altogether on what kind of performance it is,” says Mette.

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra gives concerts of its own on the Main Stage and also on tour. Some of the musicians are also active as chamber musicians and also play in the opera’s foyer concerts.

See the list of upcoming performances to read more about what the orchestra have planned for the season.

Violin I

David Bergström

First concertmaster

Øyvor Volle

First concertmaster

Dieter Schöning

First associate concertmaster

Anna Wirdefeldt

First associate concertmaster

Violin II

Yuki Tashiro

Principal, Violin II

Vacancy

Principal

Mattias Johansson

Co-principal, Violin II

Ronnie Sjökvist

Co-principal, Violin II

Helga Hencz

Violin II

Pin Ju

Violin II

Viola

Emil Jonasson

Principal, Viola

Vacancy

Principal

Johanna Fridolfsson

Co-principal, Viola

Magnus Pehrsson

Co-principal, Viola

Cello

Patrik Harryson

Solo Cellist

David Bukovinszky

Principal, Cello

Lars-Erik Persson

Principal, Cello

Hampus Linderholm

Co-principal, Cello

Vacancy

Tutti

Double bass

Johan Ekenberg

Principal, Double bass

Thomas Allin

Co-principal, Double bass

Frida Grinne

Co-principal, Double bass

Mats Larsson

Double bass

Flute

Vacancy

Principal

Gunnar Vallin

Co-principal, Flute

Oboe

Jonas Albrektson

Principal, Oboe

Geoffrey Cox

Co-principal, Oboe

Vacancy

English horn

Clarinet

Helena N Panofsky

Principal, Clarinet

Kate McDermott

Co-principal, Clarinet

Bassoon

Sebastian Wagner

Principal, Bassoon

Gabriel Litsgård

Co-principal, Bassoon

Vacancy

Tutti

Trumpet

Johan Åkervall

Principal, Trumpet

Ulrika Dahlberg-Danielsson

Co-principal, Trumpet

Monika Holst-Olsen

Trumpet, substitute

Trombone

Louise Pollock

Principal, Trombone

Adam Samuelsson

Co-principal, Trombone, substitute

Vacancy

Co-principal

Thomas Hulten

Trombone, substitute

Tuba

Harp

Shan Llewellyn Jones

Principal, Harpa

Vacancy

Co-principal

Percussion

Hans-Christian Green

Principal, Timpani

Vacancy

Co-principal, timpani

Fredrik Duvling

Principal, Percussion

Simon Trabjerg Pedersen

Co-principal, Percussion

Johan Bejke

Percussion, substitute

Orchestra management

Mette Berntzen

Orchestra Manager

Service and administration

Anders Buller

Orchetra service

Anders Haglund

Orchestra service

Daniel Leandersson

Orchestra service

Pierre Torwald

Orchestra Admnistrator, temp.

pierre.torwald@opera.se