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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

  • Where

    Regional tour, incl. the Small Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Swedish, without subtitles.

  • Price

    SEK 260

  • Accessibility

See below for booking info

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 Lars Hjertner and Carolina Sandgren.  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.

The 26 March performance on Vrångö has been cancelled due to illness.

For questions regarding ticketing, please contact the organiser Vrångö Bygdegårdsförening, tel. 0706-87 50 02


Jacques OffenbachLars Hjertner
Hortense SchneiderCarolina Sandgren
MusicianPer Larsson



Thursday 10 February at 19:00 -Premiere
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Saturday 12 February at 18:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Tuesday 15 March at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Thursday 17 March at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Tickets: Skövde Kulturhus 0500-49 80 99, Next Skövde 0500-44 66 88


Wednesday 9 March at 19:00
Tuesday 10 March at 19:00
Saturday 12 March at 19:00
Sunday 13 March at 18:00


Saturday 26 February
Årås Kvarn, Mullsjö

Sunday 27 February kl. 16.00
Apollon Folkets Hus Kulturhuset, Trollhättan

Wednesday 2 March
Bergs Bygdegård, Berg

Saturday 5 March
Hjärtumsgården, Hjärtum

Sunday 6 March
Esplandteatern, Lidköping

Saturday 19 March
Sätila Bygdegård, Sätila

Sunday 20 March
Kulturen, Vårgårda

Tuesday 22 March
Otterbäckens Folkets hus

Thursday 24 March
Kulturbruket på Dal, Mellerud

Saturday 26 March
Vrångöhuset, Vrångö – CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Watch this space for more information.



Note that the dates shown below are only for performances in Gothenburg. See above for information about performances on other stages.

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Images from the performance

In photo:  Lars Hjertner, Carolina Sandgren|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel