The Japanese master choreographer and multitalented artist Saburo Teshigawara will be staging Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opéra-ballet Pygmalion this summer. Swedish director Pia Forsgren will be creating The Siblings of Mantua, a newly written Baroque opera with some of the leading artists of the contemporary arts.
"We've invited artists with very distinguished careers within the contemporary performing arts to create something new in our unique theatre environment." Sofi Lerström, artistic and managing director
The first première of the season is Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau on 28 July. The opéra-ballet is directed by Saburo Teshigawara, known for creating visually compelling and incomparably beautiful productions, for his own company KARAS, real works of art on their own. His previous opera productions include Handel’s Acis and Galatea in Aix-en-Provence, and he is currently presenting the new dance piece Grand Miroir at the Paris Opera, with music by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Pygmalion was originally premiered in 1748 and tells the story of the sculptor Pygmalion, who, falls in love with his own statue, brought to life by Amor, the god of love. This classic tale has appeared in many guises, from Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses to the 1956 musical My Fair Lady. Multitalented artist Saburo Teshigawara takes on the direction, choreography, stage, costume and lighting design and the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra, is led by the Italian conductor Vittorio Ghielmi. The cast includes tenor Anders J Dahlin and soprano Kerstin Avemo.
The Siblings of Mantua, opening on September 8th, is a brand, new opera with old music, based on the true story of composer Salamone Rossi and his sister Europa, who lived in Mantua around the turn of the 17th century. Salamone Rossi was composer at the Mantuan court and he also wrote heavenly religious music, and his sister was an acclaimed singer at the Mantuan court, among the first Italian real opera stars. Although highly regarded artists, their Jewish heritage left them vulnerable to persecution in their balancing between the two worlds. This new piece with a libretto by Magnus Florin includes rarely performed works by Salamone Rossi and newly composed music by Djuro Zivkovic and Andreas Edlund. The Siblings of Mantua is a contemporary opera with its roots in 17th century Europe, a politically charged time not unlike our own. This new piece is specifically commissioned for the theatre, with a concept conceived by Pia Forsgren, director, and Maria Lindal, the theatre's music director. Internationally renowned artist Mamma Andersson uses the theatre's traditional sets as inspiration for her stage design, while fashion designer Behnaz Aram is creating the costumes. The music is performed by the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra, playing on traditional instruments, as always.
"This is a story that needs to be told. It deals with persistently topical issues of alienation and norms, as well as questions to do with art and the human need to use it as a mirror to life. My aim is to tie together the past and the present and spark a debate that continues even after the curtain drops." Pia Forsgren, director
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We will also present Esprit! events, theme tours and guided tours of the theatre, activities for children, and a great Grand Opening 6 June. The full programme will be published in March.