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Collaborative Creation of New Operas

Maria SundqvistCreating a new opera is a complex process that requires a myriad of factors to be taken into account. In cases where there is a composer and a librettist, striking a balance and finding a productive way to collaborate towards creating an important work can be a challenge. Maria Sundqvist has substantial experience, both as a part of this intimate collaborative process, and as an enabler for others. Maria will at Operastorming #1 focus on this sometimes-complex collaborative relationship between composer and librettist.

Maria Sundqvist is Artistic Director of Operaverkstan (the Opera Laboratorium of the Malmö Opera), where she has, since its founding in 2002, developed ten new operas.

Maria possesses a wide experience from directing opera productions in various formats, as well as from extensive libretto writing, collaborating with composers on twenty different operas. Maria has furthermore processed adaptations of older existing operas.

We look forward to  Maria Sunqvist’s insights next week!

Opera on!

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Kerstin Perski Knows Why Writing a Decent Libretto is Notoriously Difficult

Kerstin PerskiOne of the experienced opera creators who will be with us at Operastroming #1 is the dramatist, librettist and author Kerstin Perski .  She has in the last fifteen years worked extensively with music drama and written several opera-libretti. Her most notable operatic works to date are librettos for  Hans Gefors’s “Cry wolf” (a german version was premiered in Lübeck in 2002 under the name “Der Wolf kommt”), Paula af Malmborg Ward’s “Operation Love” and “The scar” (The latter, based freely on the story ”The heart of a dog” by Michail Bulgakov), Karin Rehnqvist’s “The beauty school – a horror opera from the age of 10” , which has been staged in Scandinavia and by several German houses (Mannheim opera in 2003, Braunschweig in 2005, Hannover 2012). In 2007,  the Jyske Opera’s production of “Confessions”  (composer: Niels Marthinsen/ librettist: Kerstin Perski), received the prestigious Danish Reumert price for opera of the year. Among Karin Perski’s upcoming work is the libretto for “Wave of fire”, a new opera by  composer Karin Rehnqvist, commissioned by the Royal Opera in Stockholm,   a libretto based on Alfred Hitchcock’s  classic 1946 film Notorious!”, for composer  Hans Gefors (the opera will have its world premiere at the Gothenburg opera in 2015), as well as a libretto for the Vadstena Academy with the working title “The Son of Heaven”.

Kerstin has a lot on her mind when it comes to libretto writing, collaborations with composers and the intricacies of the creative process. We look especially forward to her contribution on April 18th!

Opera on!

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