Productions from McVicar, Langridge & Mariani Headline Gothenburg Opera’s 2019-20 season

By Sebastien Turgeon

The Gothenburg Opera, the International Opera Awards Company of the Year nominee for 2019, revealed its plans for next season. 

The season will open with a Steven Langridge production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” conducted by Rory McDonald.

Ida Falk Winland and Mattias Ermedahl will sing the Countess and the Count, while Mia Karlsson and Henning von Schulman will take on Susanna and Figaro. Norwegian mezzo Adrian Angelico will sing Cherubino.

Performance Dates: August 31 – September 9, 2019

Sir David McVicar’s production of “Carmen” gets a revival with Katarina Giotas in the title role, Joachim Bäckström as Don José, Mats Persson as Escamillo and Frida Engström as Micaëla. Swedish conductor Patrik Rinborg will be in the pit.

Performance Dates: November 1 – December 19, 2019

The company is presenting a new Wagner’s Ring over a period of four years. “Die Walküre,” the Ring’s second installment, will be next under the baton of American conductor Evan Rogister.

The production is from Steven Langridge and will include American tenor Brenden Gunnell, Elisabeth Strid, Anders Lorentzson, Annalena Persson, Katarina Karnéus and Mats Almgren.

Performance Dates: December 1, 2019 – January 19, 2020

“La Bohème” gets a new production by Max Webster. Kerstin Avemo and New Zealand tenor Tomas Aktins will star as Mimi and Rodolfo.

Luthando Qave will sing Marcello, Sofie Asplund and Mia Karlsson will alternate as Musetta, while Ivan Dajic and Henning von Schulman will alternate as Colline. Karen Kamensek and Henrik Schaefer split duties as conductors.

Performance Dates: February 1 – April 1, 2020

The company will go on tour within Sweden with Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” sung in Swedish. The cast will include Mia Karlsson, Ann-Kristin Jones, Hannes Öberg, Per Lindström, Frida Engström and Anders Lorentzson.

The production is by Mattias Ermedahl and the conductor will be Joakim Brink.

Performance Dates: March 14 – May 17, 2020

Britten’s “Death in Venice” gets a new production with Steuart Bedford, the conductor of the world premiere in 1973. The production is from David Radok and it will star English tenor Paul Nilon in the role of Gustav von Aschenbach and Åke Zetterström.

Performance Dates: April 4 – May 7, 2020

To close the season, American stage director Lorenzo Mariani will propose a new production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca,” with Carolina Sandgren as Tosca, Tomas Lind as Cavaradossi and Mats Persson as Scarpia. Henrik Schaefer conducts.

Performance Dates: May 8-31, 2020