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Let the voice be heard

A magnificent tribute to the female voice and women’s suffrage.

  • Duration

    1 h 50 min, incl. 1 intermission

  • Dates

    14 Oct 2021

  • Stage

    Göteborg Opera, Main Stage

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  • Price

    SEK 120–350

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As Sweden celebrates 100 years of universal suffrage, we give a concert to honour those who have campaigned for women’s suffrage through history. The programme includes legendary composer Ethel Smyth’s "March of the Women" as well as the Gothenburg composer Elfrida Andrée’s "women’s suffrage cantata".

The Göteborg Opera celebrates the female voice and the 100th anniversary of the first Swedish parliamentary election in which women were allowed to vote. The concert was originally scheduled for International Women’s Day 2021, but was postponed due to the pandemic.

In a magnificent concert with court singer Katarina Karnéus, soprano Sofie Asplund, the Göteborg Opera’s Women’s Chorus and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, conducted by Henrik Schaefer, we enjoy music by female composers from the 19th century to the present day.

The richly varied concert programme includes Helios, an oboe concerto by multi-award-winning Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave – featuring oboe soloist Geoff Cox, Callirhoë (op. 37 ballet symphonique) by French composer Cécile Chaminade, four songs by Hungarian-Croatian composer Dora Pejačević featuring soloist Katarina Karnéus, and Gothenburg composer Elfrida Andrée’s Cantata at the International Congress for Women's Suffrage – finally performed again after 110 years. The concert concludes with the suffragettes’ anthem, March of the Women by Dame Ethel Smyth.


Henrik Schaefer


Geoffrey Cox

Soloist, Mezzo-sopranoKatarina Karnéus
Soloist, sopranoSofie Asplund

Images from the performance

What are you prepared to fight for today?

Performances, speakers’ corner and conversations about democracy.
11–15 October 2021

In connection with the concert Let the voice be heard, we will hold theme days around the question What are you prepared to campaign for today? During these days, you can explore excepts from the newly composed musical about the suffrage activist Frigga Carlberg in Musikalen om Frigga, take part in seminars, have coffee and cake and experience a stage in the foyer where anything can happen.

We will discuss history, the present and the future, and are curious to learn about your experiences. Come and share your thoughts about performing arts and democracy – and perhaps we’ll hear you at our speakers’ corner.

Message for schools

Do you and your class want to work with us in preparation for our focus week? You can take part in workshops linked to the school curriculum, where older students will explore democracy and performing arts and younger students learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Your class can also take part in several individually tailored visits to the Göteborg Opera.

Contact skapa@opera.se  if you are interested. Don’t hesitate to ask for more information.