Search at konserthuset.se
Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocal music

Double Drama with STEMME, KARNEUS AND KRÄNZLE

Two operas featuring, among others, Nina Stemme and Katarina Karnéus.

Nina Stemme! Without the slightest hesitation, she is one of Sweden’s strongest shining stars of opera on the global level. In recent years, she has appeared on stages including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, Opera Bastille in Paris, Royal Opera House in London and opera houses in Stockholm, Zürich, Munich, Barcelona, Houston and San Francisco. She often appears in Wagner roles, such as Isolde in Tristan and Isolde, Brünnhilde in The Ring of the Nibelung and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.

Together with Swedish Katarina Karnéus and German Johannes Martin Kränzle – who are also internationally acclaimed – we will experience two one-act operas: Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung (with Karnéus) and Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle (with Stemme and Kränzle).

The text and music in Bluebeard’s Castle are strongly influenced by contemporary symbolism and the ideas of Sigmund Freud, something it shares with Schoenberg’s Erwartung to the utmost degree, an opera with unique inherent drama and a distinctive monologue. They are often performed together, which is precisely the case at this concert. The basis for the libretto in Erwartung came from Shoenberg’s own life. His wife Mathilde left him for an affair with the young artist Richard Gerstl, but after a while she chose to come back to Schoenberg. Gerstl hanged himself shortly thereafter in front of a mirror in his studio.

Two operas featuring, among others, Nina Stemme and Katarina Karnéus.

Thursday 17 January 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00

Price:

125-420 SEK

Nina Stemme! Without the slightest hesitation, she is one of Sweden’s strongest shining stars of opera on the global level. She is the recipient of the major, prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize 2018, which was presented on 11 October at the Royal Swedish Opera in the presence of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia.

Nina Stemme will appear here together with Swedish Katarina Karnéus (recipient of the Svenska Dagbladet Opera Prize 2018) and German Johannes Martin Kränzle – who are also internationally acclaimed award winners – and we will hear two one-act operas: Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung (with Karnéus) and Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle (with Stemme and Kränzle).

Time stops. The protagonists in both pieces are in dreamlike situations, their surroundings charged with symbolic explosive forces. Both Erwartung and Bluebeard’s Castle were composed early in the last century, during a revolutionary turn-of-the-century era for both art and science, in the years leading up to World War I. The exploration of the subconscious takes us down the mind’s mysterious twists and turns; quantum physics theories turn concepts upside down, causing the ground beneath us to quake and leading us to marvel at our own existence. The past is present, and the operas' presentations of human destiny also reflect our time.

The lyrics and music in Bluebeard’s Castle are strongly influenced by contemporary symbolism and the ideas of psychoanalysis, something it shares with Schoenberg’s Erwartung to the utmost degree, an opera with unique inherent drama in a stream of consciousness. These one-act operas are frequently performed together.

The performances are directed and staged by Bengt Gomér, and Konserthuset will be transformed into an opera hall – these will be complete theatrical versions of both operas! Among other things, the choir platform will be transformed into part of the stage for the participants.

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • Arnold Schönberg Erwartung
    25 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • Béla Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle
    55 min
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sakari Oramo Conductor
  • Nina Stemme soprano
  • Katarina Karnéus mezzo-soprano
  • Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone
  • Bengt Gomér Stage Director & Scenography

Thursday 17 January 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00

Price:

125-420 SEK


Other occasions