New Opera: Påske / Easter

04/04/2014

Saturday 5 April - Kilden, Kristiansand

Monday 7 April - Sandnes Kulturhus

Wednesday 9 April - Olavshallen, Trondheim

Friday 11 April - Logen, Bergen

Sunday 13 April - Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo

 

New Opera: Påske / Easter

 

Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull's new opera Easter is a strong and touching family drama based on a play by August Strindberg.

 

Strindberg's Easter creates a delicate dream world of love and compassion. Its three acts take place on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the eve of Easter. Composer Gisle Kverndokk, with librettist Aksel-Otto Bull examine the themes of suffering and transcendence through forgiveness, as Strindberg portrays the traumatic events in the lives of the Heyst family, shamed and tortured by family dis- grace. While the story sets out a bleak scenario, the conclusion is one of spiritual uplift and illumination.

 

Gisle Kverndokk / music
Aksel-Otto Bull / libretto
Magnus Loddgard / conductor
Åse Hegrenes / scenography and costume
Hallvar Djupvik / Elis
Melis Jaatinen / Kristina
Emil Solli-Tangen / Benjamin
Vibeke Kristensen / Eleonora
Toril Carlsen / Fru Heyst
Ketil Hugaas / Lindkvist

 

Kristiansand strykekvartett
Cikada strykekvartett

 

Choir:

Ola Marius Ryan / Elis 2
Kari Lise Høgseth / Kristina 2
Dagfinn Andersen / Benjamin 2
Silje Marie Aker Johnsen / Eleonora 2
Randi Bjerge-Sköld / Fru Heyst 2

 

Produced by Opera Sør

 

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