Queen goes Opera – with Cantemus
External promoter: Cantemus
Sunday 12 January 2020 14.00Ends approximately 16.30
The Cantemus choir presents Queen’s gems and songs from Freddie Mercury’s amazing musical world, with 400 Cantemus singers and one of Sweden’s most respected interpreter of Queen and Freddie Mercury: Peter Johansson.
Participants also include opera duo DivineOpera, with sopranos Caroline Gentele and Gabriella Lambert Olsson, as well as an orchestra featuring the best of the best musicians under bandleader Carl Flemsten.
Freddie Mercury’s highly publicised collaboration with world-famous Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé in the song “Barcelona” inspired this programme and the choice of soloists from the worlds of rock and opera. In newly composed choral arrangements, he marries the classic choral sound with Queen’s versatile rock style. The orchestra combines acoustic instruments such as piano and strings with electric guitar, bass and drums.
Peter Johansson established himself as an interpreter of Queen and Freddie Mercury after four years as a soloist and as the lead in the Queen musical “We Will Rock You” in London’s West End from 2003–2007. Since then, he has become one of Sweden's most acclaimed musical artists.
DivineOpera, with sopranos Caroline Gentele and Gabriella Lambert Olsson, have become well-known in the Swedish opera scene with their “mission to spread opera to everyone, everywhere,” since their formation in 2007 when they sang at the Stockholm Water Prize ceremony. They have had royal assignments at state visits and performed the music at the 2013 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. In recent years, the duo has toured with the shows “The Swedish Nightingales” and “Ingmar Bergman and the Music”.
Cantemus was founded in 1999 by the two musicians and conductors Sofia Staxäng and Göran Staxäng. They have led Cantemus for over 20 years, and the Stockholm singers have refined their voices and the power of song in productions ranging from classics, such as Handel’s Messiah and the opera production M/S Aurora – which was specially composed for Cantemus by Jonas Dominique – and in musicals and programmes of newly arranged pop music in a classical style, including ABBA, The Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ted Gärdestad and now – Queen.
Cantemus – Latin for “Let us sing” – is not only a choir. It is a lifestyle that affirms creativity and challenges singers at all levels to explore and refine their abilities. In Cantemus, everyone gets to discover that nothing is impossible.
The musicApproximate times
Titles from the program:
Brian May Who Wants to Live Forever
Brian May/Frank Musker/Elizabeth Lamers Too Much Love Will Kill You
Freddie Mercury Love of My Life
John Deacon I Want to Break Free
Freddie Mercury We Are the Champions
Brian May We Will Rock You
Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen The Show Must Go On
Freddie Mercury Somebody to Love
Queen I Want It All
Buck Ram The Great Pretender
Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran Barcelona
- Peter Johansson vocals
- Divine Opera Duo:
- Caroline Gentele soprano
- Gabriella Lambert-Olsson soprano
- Carl Flemsten leader
- Sofia Staxäng conductor
- Göran Staxäng conductor