Pioneering queer opera to the Culture City Theatre

By on September 23, 2016

The critics and audience acclaimed opera performance Magnus Maria: an opera about the right gender, directed by Suzanne Osten, comes to the Culture City Theatre for a unique guest appearances on 26-27 November. The opera is based on the true story of Maria Johansdotter that became musician Magnus Johansson in the 1700s.

– When I was asked if I wanted to make an opera just as I want to make it, it was a dream that came true. Eight women share all roles and the music is specially written for these eight women, says Suzanne Osten.

For me is this feminist queer opera in free group form a gift to the audience. This century, we can do everything! says Suzanne Osten.

The opera is based on the true story of Maria Johansdotter, from Föglö in Åland, which in the early 1700s went to Stockholm to make a living as a musician. Among other things, she played keyed fiddle in taverns in the old town. One evening, she was asked to dress like a man to be respected and serve better. A call that she followed. She decided to become Magnus Johansson then changed her life completely.

Magnus-Maria: an opera about the right gender had its world premiere in Mariehamn in Åland in 2014 and has since toured throughout Scandinavia. Magnus-Maria: an opera about the right gender is nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2016.

We really felt that we have broken new ground where we pulled up, and how radically important this show is. Game joy is great! Our queer opera has been playing throughout the Nordic region and we are pleased to share with us that opera is a natural art form of theater, so wide and wild and musical theater as this can be, says Suzanne Osten.

This fall, the guest play two nights at the Culture City Theatre before the show moves on to occupy the National Opera in Helsinki.

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