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Champagne Tears

Music by Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880). Text by Mats-Arne Larsson.

Operetta at last! Flamboyant elegance with a poignant sting.

  • Length

    2 hours, including 1 interval

  • When

    29 Jan — 12 Mar 2022

  • Where

    Regional tour, incl. the Small Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Swedish, without subtitles.

  • Price range

    SEK 260

  • Accessibility

Ticket release TBC

Operetta at last! A passionate and exuberant mini operetta with music from Offenbach’s most popular masterpiece. Performed in Swedish.

Champagne Tears is a mini-operetta that explores the life of composer Jacques Offenbach, accompanied by his music. Offenbach was a master at parodying his contemporary world – which he did with exuberant, melodious music. The operetta’s entertaining and touching plot is based on actual events from the composer’s life. Who and what inspired him to create our best-loved operetta tunes?

At Offenbach’s side was his closest friend and dearest enemy, the eminent prima donna Hortense Schneider, for whom he created several leading roles. The two were often at loggerheads, but their friendship lasted a lifetime despite war, geographical distance and fierce critics.

Jacques Offenbach and soprano Hortense Schneider are portrayed by The Göteborg Opera’s popular and acclaimed soloists Åke Zetterström and Carolina Sandgren. Champagne Tears is Zetterström’s directorial debut. Musical artist Ingahlill Wagelin acts as a narrator guiding us through the story. The music is borrowed from operettas including La belle HélèneLes contes d’Hoffmann and Offenbach’s big breakthrough work, Orphée aux enfers.

The production will tour venues in Västra Götaland, including the Göteborg Opera’s Small Stage.

Jacques OffenbachÅke Zetterström
Hortense SchneiderCarolina Sandgren

Images from the performance

In photo:  Åke Zetterström, Carolina Sandgren, Ingahlill Wagelin|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel


Ticket release will be announced later


Saturday 29 January at 18:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Wednesday 2 February at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Thursday 3 February at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Sunday 6 February at 16:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Tuesday 8 February at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Wednesday 9 February at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Saturday 12 February at 18:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla


Tuesday 22 February
Hole spirit

Saturday 26 February
Årås Mill

Sunday 27 February

Wednesday 2 March

Saturday 5 March

Sunday 6 March

Saturday 3 March

More information is coming.