Greer Grimsley, Malin Byström & Daniel Johansson Highlight The Royal Swedish Opera’s 2019-20 season

By Sebastien Turgeon

The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm announced the company’s 2019-20 season which will include a German rarity, the company premiere of a Leonard Bernstein operetta and the return of a Wagner opera. As usual, the company invites an impressive group of conductors that will comprise Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alan Gilbert, Constantin Trinks, John Fiore, and Domingo Hindoyan. Here is the lineup:

The season opens on August 24 with a revival of Linda Hume’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.” Up-and-coming Estonian mezzo Dara Savinova sings the title role and Michele Angelini will be her Prince Ramiro. Jens Persson, John Erik Eleby, and Markus Schwartz round out the cast. Spanish conductor Ramon Tebar will conduct.

Performance Dates: August 24-Oct. 1, 2019

Vasily Barkhatov’s production of Eugene Onegin” gets a revival under the baton of John Fiore. The title role will be performed by Karl-Magnus Fredriksson and Cornelia Beskow will reprise the role of Tatiana. The cast also includes Joel Annmo, Katarina Leoson, Karin Osbeck, and Lennart Forsen.

Performance Dates: August 29-Sept. 28, 2019

A 20th-century German rarity follows with “Der Ferne Klang” by Franz Schreker, in a production by Christof Loy. The main roles of Fritz and Grete will be sung by Daniel Johansson, and Agneta Eichenholz. Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier will be in the pit.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 2019

“Die Zauberflöte” get a revival sung in Swedish with a cast including Magdalena Risberg, Joel Annmo, Vivianne Holmberg, John Erik Eleby, and Jens Persson. The performances will be conducted by Anna Skryleva.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18-Dec. 4, 2019

Domingo Hindoyan conducts Verdi’s La Traviata” in a production by Ellen Lamm, starring the young Norwegian tenor Bror Magnus Tödenes as Alfredo, Ida Falk Winland as Violetta, and Karl-Fredrik Magnusson as Germont.

Performance Dates: Nov. 23, 2019-Feb. 19, 2020

The 2018-19 new production of Carmen” returns, this time with Katarina Leoson in the title role, Daniel Johansson and Jesper Taube alternating as Don Jose, Sabina Bisholt as Micaëla, and Kristian Flor as Escamillo, with Alexander Joel in the pit. 

Performance Dates: Dec. 18, 2019-March 2, 2020.

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide” is presented for the first time on this stage, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg and conducted by Stefan Klingele, with Elin Rombo as Cunegonde. Joel Annmo, Jeremy Carpenter, Miriam Treichl, John Erik Eleby, and Klas Hedlund round out the cast. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-May 8, 2020.

Ole Anders Tandberg’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro” returns with conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi in the pit, with a cast including Christina Nilsson, Vivianne Holmberg, Johanna Rudström, and Jens Persson.

Performance Dates: Feb. 15-March 26, 2020.

One of the highlights of the season is the return of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre,” starring Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Iréne Theorin as Brünnhilde, Joakim Bäckström as Sigmund, Cornelia Beskow as Sieglinde, Katarina Dalayman as Fricka and Lennart Forsén as Hunding. Conductors Constantin Trinks and Alexander Vedernikov share the work in the pit.

Performance Dates: March 7-April 13, 2020.

2018 International Opera Awards female singer of the year Malin Byström returns as Minnie in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West,” alongside Andrea Carè as Dick Johnson and Aleksey Bogdanov as Jack Rance. Former New York Philarmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the performances.

Performance Dates: May 22, 2020-June 7, 2020.

Verdi’s Aida” will close the season. The modern production by Michael Cavanagh will include Christina Nilsson in the title role, Miriam Treichl as Amneris, Daniel Johansson as Radames and Johan Edholm as Amonasro, under the baton of Sian Edwards.

Performance Dates: May 31, 2020-June 10, 2020.