Friday, 8 September 2017

Today : world première of Synne Skouen's 'Ballerina' in Oslo

Today, the Norwegian Opera in Oslo presents the world première of Synne Skouen's chamber opera Ballerina, with a libretto by Oda Radoor based on Arne Skouen's play.  

(c) Lisbeth Risnes

It is the composer's first opera.
Ballerina introduces us to the world of the autistic teenager Malin. You will see the deep pond, the big bird, the circus horse, the farmyard tree Mr. Carl, the screeching gate Uncle Anton, and Mrs. Ludovica the millstone – all with “blue voices”... (reproduced from the Norwegian Opera website)
The cast includes mezzo Hege Høisæter (Audun), soprano Silje Marie Aker Johnsen (Malin), baritone Dagfinn Andersen (Audun), bass baritone Håvard Stensvold (Birger), and mezzo Tone Kummervold (Hanne). Bjarne Sakshaug conducts and Hilde Andersen directs.

The performance should last about 90 minutes, with no intermission. It takes place at the scene 2 of the Norwegian Opera Theatre, as part of the Ultima festival.

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