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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

    10 Feb — 26 Mar 2022

  • Where

    Regional tour, incl. the Small Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Swedish, without subtitles.

  • Price

    SEK 260

  • Accessibility

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.


Jacques OffenbachLars Hjertner
Hortense SchneiderCarolina Sandgren
MusicianPer Larsson

Performances 2022


Thursday 10 February 2022 at 19:00 -Premiere
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Saturday 12 February 2022 at 18:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

Thursday 17 March 2022 at 19:00
Skövde Kulturhus, Valhalla

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


Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 19:00
Tuesday 10 March 2022 at 19:00
Saturday 12 March 2022 at 19:00
Sunday 13 March 2022 at 18:00


Saturday 26 February 2022
Årås Kvarn, Mullsjö

Sunday 27 February 2022 kl. 16.00
Apollon Folkets Hus Kulturhuset, Trollhättan

Wednesday 2 March 2022
Bergs Bygdegård, Berg

Saturday 5 March 2022
Hjärtumsgården, Hjärtum

Sunday 6 March 2022
Esplandteatern, Lidköping

Saturday 19 March 2022
Sätila Bygdegård, Sätila

Sunday 20 March 2022
Kulturen, Vårgårda

Tuesday 22 March 2022
Otterbäckens Folkets hus

Thursday 24 March 2022
Kulturbruket på Dal, Mellerud

Saturday 26 March 2022
Vrångöhuset, Vrångö – CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Watch this space for more information.


Images from the performance

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