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
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