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Coffee Cantata

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Text: Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). Translated by Gerd Román-Hall and Eva Åkerberg.

Operatic coffee-break accompanied by Bach’s comedy.

  • Duration

    Approx. 30 minutes

  • Dates

    21 Aug 2021

  • Stage

    Göteborg Opera, Foyer

  • Genre


  • Language

    Performed in Swedish, without subtitles.

  • Price

    Free admission with ticket

  • Accessibility

An operatic "fika"! Bach’s comic cantata with the aroma of coffee, served in our foyer.

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote not only church cantatas, but also secular cantatas with far from religious motifs. Bach’s only comedy, called Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht became popularly known as the Coffee Cantata. The lyricist Christian Friedrich Henrici – also known as Picander – pokes fun at the fashionable habit of coffee drinking. The composition came about when Bach directed a series of concerts at Café Zimmermann (Zimmermannsches Kaffeehaus), so in keeping with tradition, we’re presenting this piece in our own foyer café.

In the cantata, a father (bass, of course) scolds his soprano daughter for drinking too much coffee, preferably served by the virtuoso tenor barista. She herself cannot get enough of this stimulant.

In this laid-back atmosphere you will encounter Göteborg Opera soloists Mia Karlsson, Daniel Ralphsson and Mats Persson under the spirited direction of Andreas Björklund, as they discuss the pros and cons of what we Swedes like to call “fika”.

It will be performed in Swedish in a vivacious new translation.

Is excessive coffee drinking harmful? Join us in the foyer for a cup of coffee and snacks and find out for yourself!

The DaughterMia Karlsson
The BaristaDaniel Ralphsson
The FatherMats Persson