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Fyra körsångare står framför en fond som visar ett målat renässanskyrktak. De bär gyllene diadem och tunikor i romersk stil.

Beethoven’s Oratorio

Schicksalslied, Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) / Christus am Ölberge, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Choral concert in Frihamnskyrkan.

  • Duration

    Approx 1 h 15 min. No interval.

  • Dates

    23 Mar 2024

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  • Price

    175–350 kr

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The Opera’s soloists and chorus plus the entire Göteborg Opera Orchestra visit the Frihamnskyrkan church to begin Holy Week with Beethoven’s only and rarely performed oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives.

In Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives) we meet an anguished Jesus after the Last Supper, overcoming all fears in his tenor voice during a moment of torment in the Garden of Gethsemane. Prayer, the comfort of angels, the loyalty of friends, the realisation that it his mission to save humanity, the final capture and the hallelujah of angels – all are portrayed with tenderness and great drama. Perhaps the emotional register of the work reflects Beethoven’s own despair and slender hope at a time (1803) when his hearing was deteriorating rapidly.

The concert begins with Brahms’ shimmering Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny). This 17-minute symphonic poem for choir and orchestra hovers between the carefree realm of the gods and the trials and tribulations of mortals.

The concert will be conducted by internationally renowned Beethoven specialist Andreas Spering.

Bag restriction

Bags are not allowed inside Frihamnskyrkan, with the following exceptions: you are allowed to bring one smaller handbag (20x30 cm max), and exceptions are made for people who must carry a bag for medical reasons or diaper bags for children. All such bags will be inspected before admission. Please note that Frihamnskyrkan doesn’t offer storage for larger bags.

How to get there

Address: Frihamnen 14
If you are taking public transport, take Bus 16 to Frihamnsporten or tram 5, 6 or 10 to Frihamnen.


Outerwear is not allowed in the concert hall.

Frihamnskyrkan offers both unmanned (no fee) and manned cloakroom. The manned cloakroom costs 40 kr on-site and 25 kr if booked in advance. Click here to pre-book space in the cloakroom on nortic.se.


Frihamnskyrkan’s café is open 13:30–18:00, no pre-ordering is available.


Tobias Westman


Kristian Lindroos