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Ada
Kungliga Operan 2023
Photo: Sören Vilks/Kungligs Operan

Anneli Jupiter as Ada Lovelace, Kristina Hansson Unander as Annabella Byron, Håkan Ekenäs as Lord Byron and The Royal Swedish Opera Chorus as the humanity of all time.

“It is a dream game-like fantasy that revolves around how Ada’s (Anneli Jupiter) creative impulses are torn between reason and emotion. They are represented by her parents, the poet Lord Byron (Håkan Ekenäs) and the mathematician Lady Byron (Kristina Hansson Unander) – here depicted as two ghostly bust figures in white marble. There are chromatic textures in the music that run like soft wave movements through the orchestra – first piano and strings with small splashes of woodwind, which then swells out a full orchestral storm that manages to both sound modern and capture a gothic atmosphere” Loretto Villalobos, SvD

“Musically the most intricate is Christofer Elgh’s Ada, here there is a chromatic line in Ada (Anneli Jupiter) that is skilfully varied in her fight against her father Lord Byron, while the voices are woven together without losing their identities” Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet

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Music Christofer Elgh
Libretto Sigrid Herrault
Directed by  Ola Eliasson
Dramaturgy Katarina Aronsson

Tranås at the Fringe international arts festival 10th anniversary 1-8 July

IMPROFEST – an impish party

A celebration of the art of improvisation through music, poetry, voice, performance and dance. A group of seven artists meeting on stage, sharing moments and unfolding stories together.

Anton Kosiei – music – percussion/electronics
Christofer Elgh – music – guitar
Dominic Williams – poetry
Louise Halvardsson – poetry/performance
Netanel Seri – voice/performance
Viktoriia Khoroshylova – dance
Stina Nilsson – dance

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“It is a dream game-like fantasy that revolves around how Ada’s creative impulses are torn between reason and emotion”

Anneli Jupiter as Ada Lovelace, Kristina Hansson Unander as Annabella Byron, Håkan Ekenäs as Lord Byron and The Royal Swedish Opera Chorus as the humanity of all time

Photo: Sören Vilks/Kungligs Operan

“It is a dream game-like fantasy that revolves around how Ada’s (Anneli Jupiter) creative impulses are torn between reason and emotion. They are represented by her parents, the poet Lord Byron (Håkan Ekenäs) and the mathematician Lady Byron (Kristina Hansson Unander) – here depicted as two ghostly bust figures in white marble. There are chromatic textures in the music that run like soft wave movements through the orchestra – first piano and strings with small splashes of woodwind, which then swells out a full orchestral storm that manages to both sound modern and capture a gothic atmosphere” Loretto Villalobos, SvD

“Musically the most intricate is Christofer Elgh’s Ada, here there is a chromatic line in Ada (Anneli Jupiter) that is skilfully varied in her fight against her father Lord Byron, while the voices are woven together without losing their identities” Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet

Music Christofer Elgh
Libretto Sigrid Herrault
Directed by  Ola Eliasson
Dramaturgy Katarina Aronsson

Swedish unique hit opera is staged in Germany


The chamber opera Valerie’s voice, by Christofer Elgh, is staged in Germany in a collaboration between Stadttheater Gießen and Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. The opera has previously been performed in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm and received a lot of attention.

Valerie’s voice is based on Valerie Solana’s SCUM manifesto. The opera form is open, flexible and written for soprano, four electric guitars and electronics. The unusual form and cast means that the work can be completely changed depending on the dramaturgy and stage direction. It is unusual for a newly written opera to be staged several times after its first premiere. The music in Valerie’s voice bridges different musical worlds and creates something new and relevant for the audience of our time.

Ann-Christine Mecke, artistic director of the Opera at the Stadttheater Gießen, became interested in the opera when she saw an earlier documentation from the performances in Sweden. In the new production at the Musiktheater Gießen, previously unperformed parts will be performed with a new dramaturgy in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt.

The set premieres on January 20 at Musiktheater Gießen and is played on five occasions during January and February.

Musical direction Günther Albers, Nemanja Lukic
Directed by Francesco Rescio
Stage and costume Maik Wendrich
Dramaturgy Ann-Christine Mecke
Composer Christofer Elgh

Ensemble
Musicologist Theresa Bub
Daddies Girl Ani Aghajanyan, Daria Tymoshenko
Extra Glenn Buchholtz
Guitarists Yeojin Jang, Henry Hardt, Axel Rohmer, Javier Cuenca, Steffen Ahrens and Christopher Brandt.

www.christoferelgh.se 

www.valeriesvoice.se 

www. stadttheater-giessen.de/