New Opera: Påske / Easter

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

Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo

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