The audience and critics success Glada änkan is back at the Royal Opera

By on November 7, 2017

In an rambunctious operetta in tretact, free after the original, we see Henrik Dorsin as the opera manager and main singer Elin Rombo as “Glada Änkan”. Director Ole Anders Tandberg has, together with Dorsin, created a widow for our time. Everybody sings in Swedish! Has returned to the Royal Opera from November 3rd.

Franz Lehár’s most famous work has been an audience favorite since the 1905 premiere and contains well-known music like Viljasången, Då går jag till Maxim and Änkevalsen.

Henrik Dorsin has processed the text freely after the original libretto. He has retained the characters and the foundation story, but moved the action from Paris to Stockholm today.

“Since I perceived a certain ambivalence to the art form, I have introduced an ambivalence between fine and ugly culture in the actual action,” says Henrik Dorsin.

Elin Rombo’s Hanna Glawari has become a widow of our time and Danilo Danilowitsch, who is portrayed by Jeremy Carpenter, a cultural man who takes himself and his art very seriously.

Participates also do Vivianne Holmberg, who plays the role of Veronica for the first time, Klas Hedlund is Leif “Fisken” Hermansson and Mirjam Treichl portrays Catharina Njegus, as well as the Royal Opera and the Royal Court Chapel under the direction of Stefan Klingele.

The director Ole Anders Tandberg sees Glada Änkan is a “rom com” – a romantic comedy about two people who seem to hate each other but in fact love one another: “I myself see myself as existentialist … and maybe there is no deeper meaning in life than meeting with another person, and the ability to be present in it “.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm