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Let’s celebrate!

The 2021/2022 season is marked by celebration. It will be a packed season – “knôkad” is the word people use in Gothenburg. Once we re-open the doors, we’ll never want to close them again.

We look forward to celebrating music, the performing arts and a love of opera – so we’ll start with some real classics. Look out for Barber and Tosca! But first up is a concert with pieces chosen by you, our much loved and dearly missed audience.

When the musical Kärlek skonar ingen, based on songs by Håkan Hellström, takes over the Main Stage, we celebrate the city, life and love. And what better way to do that than with music by this beloved Gothenburg native.

In December we reach the final destination on our winding journey with the Wagner masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. We’re immensely proud to have performed Gothenburg’s very first Ring Cycle. In the last part of the cycle, Götterdämmerung, we experience the twilight of the gods. The world sinks into ashes, and then re-emerges. But with Wagner even the downfall is breath-taking, mesmerizing and overwhelmingly beautiful.

After Wagner, it’s time for the Christmas season. We sincerely hope to see you at Julglitter och operakaos (Tinsel and Tumult), and of course at our spectacular Twelfth Night Concert and Ball.

This winter we finally welcome you to Herr Arnes penningar! Gösta Nystroem’s music meets Selma Lagerlöf’s hair-raising tale of violence, revenge and ghosts – set on the bleak and windswept Marstrand island off the Bohusland coast. When we performed this piece as a concert in 2017, the critics waxed lyrical. Now it’s back with full costumes and stage design and I promise you: this is something you don’t want to miss.

Don’t miss out on the concert Kvinnors röst (Let the voice be heard), the intimate show Champagnetårar (Champagne Tears) – a close-up encounter with Offenbach – or Boye & Hörberg, where poetry full of longing is accompanied by timeless music.

We end the season as we began it: with a declaration of love for opera, music and performing arts – something the Italians do so well. We bring you mediterranean warmth and a longing for Italy with Verdi’s Rigoletto and Donizetti’s Viva la mamma.

All this and much more will be on stage during this “fullknôkad” season. Let’s keep the doors open!

— Henning Ruhe, Artistic Director Opera/Drama