Min bror är Don Juan – musical thriller with cinematic feel

By on April 11, 2018

After, among other things, a successful guest game in German Mannheim had Unga på Operan’s set of Min bror är Don Juan revival at Rotundan on April 5th. Based on Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the performance has new Swedish text by Sophie Helsing, and newly composed music by Niklas Brommare. The performance is given both day and evening until April 26th.

The performance was premiere in autumn 2014 and is now given with some new singers in this context: Ulrika Skarby plays the role of Zerlina, Vivianne Holmberg is Anna, Maja Frydén sings Elviras part and Erik Rosenius acts Dad/Staty/Judge/Police. Remaining since the premiere is Hannes Öberg as Don Juan and Tobias Westman in the role of Ottavio. Mattias Böhm is also this time musical leader of an ensemble from the Royal Court Chapel.

Min bror är Don Juan is a musical thriller with cinematic feel. The theme of this opera, aimed primarily at young people between 13-15 years, is love and freedom, right and wrong, about finding their identity and how it is to be invisible next to someone you love. The roads of five youths are crossed and the pursuit of the killer spins all the faster. Zerlina, who until now stood in her brother’s shadow, has to take a stand. Who does she want to be?

Niklas Brommare, with a background as percussionist (among others in Ensemble Modern), has let rhythm and percussion be the heart of the musical encounter with and exploration of Mozart’s opera.

The director Per Sörberg has his background in commedia dell’arte. Fridjon Rafnsson has created a scaled-down scenography with space for the own imagination and for an atmospheric lighting of Karl Svensson. The costume maker Bente Rolandsdotter has captured the limitlessness with inspiration from today’s fashion and from the 1920s with jazz, party and androgyn look.

The set has been described as “a nice introduction to opera” (Aftonbladet) where “ensemblen gives all they have got” (SvD).

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm