The best place to encounter a singer’s full potential is during recital concerts such as these, where you are also able to see the singer up close. Within the recital, a whole world is created, or a life-story narrated, and an endless range of moods is made possible with songs presented from different eras, styles and countries. Since the singer chooses their repertoire together with a pianist, the images and emotions that they can convey to the audience become a highly personal story. Experiencing the interplay between a singer and a skilled pianist is in itself usually what makes the concert worth attending.
For the concert series we call Grandi voci (Italian for “Grand voices”), we invite some of the greatest singers to the Main Stage. The singer and a pianist will perform in front of the curtain, which will reflect the sound outwards, making the acoustics both grand and intimate.
Recital with Maria Bengtsson
Joy, Sorrow and Passion, with pianist Sarah Tysman
Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson is a superstar – outside Sweden. Now, for the first time she will be performing in Gothenburg, in a recital with pianist Sarah Tysman.
Having started her career at Komische Oper Berlin among other companies, Maria Bengtsson has gone on to perform leading roles at the foremost European opera houses, as well as much-admired recitals. In spring 2022, she will be singing one of her signature roles, the Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at Wiener Staatsoper. Among her other recurring roles are Countess Rosina Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes and the eponymous heroines of Strauss’ Daphne and Dvořák’s Rusalka.
In her Grandi Voci concert at the Göteborg Opera, she will be accompanied by French pianist Sarah Tysman, professor of vocal repertoire at Berlin University of the Arts and head of music staff at Wiener Staatsoper.
A greeting to the audience from Maria Bengtsson:
“Colourful lyrics about dreams and reality set to beautiful music – with this as the foundation for our lieder matinee, pianist Sarah Tysman and I would like to invite you to join us in a multifaceted programme that reflects the joy, sorrow and passion of life and dreams.
Parts of the concert’s repertoire are taken from our 2019 CD Strauss: Lieder, which in fierce competition was gratifyingly nominated for the Opus Klassik Awards in Berlin. We will be performing songs by Rangström, Sibelius, Grieg and Schubert.
It is with immense pleasure that I look forward to meeting the audience in Gothenburg, a city to which I have links through my father and where I have spent many fantastic summers in the Bohuslän archipelago.”
Maria Bengtsson, soloist
Sarah Tysman, pianist
15 April 2023
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