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Death Knocks by Christian Jost

januari 1st, 2008
Death Knocks

My little opera company MusikTeaterVerket is one of the things that I’m most proud of having created. Together with director Ola Beskow we have struggled on since 1996 and done more than 10 productions.
Two years ago we found an opera composed by Christian Jost with text by Woody Allen! An irresistable mix we thought and decided to play the opera in Kronhuset together with musicians from Gothenburg Wind Orchestra and conductor Jerker Johansson.
A Swedish translation was made by Ture Rangström which gave the piece the new title ”Döden knackar på” and director Mattias Ermedahl gave myself and Åke Zetterström brilliant comic ideas to work with.
Playing Death is definitely one of the most fun things I’ve ever done!

”A performance glimmering with joy!”   GP
”Fun staging and great musicality”   DN

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Infinito Nero

november 1st, 2004
Infinito Nero

When MusikTeaterVerket prepares a new opera we always try to find a specific place to perform it. Sometimes it has been Black Box Theatres but also in Art Museums, churches and an old sawmill.
For Salvatore Sciarrino´s fantastic ”Le voce sottovetro” and ”Infinito nero” we really wanted to find the right place to get the spirit of desolateness and darkness and we found it in the wonderful building ”Röda Sten”.
We where also lucky enough to have the lovely actor Kent Andersson in the performance reading the letters of Tasso in a brilliant way!
One little detail that we had not thought about was that the cathedral in Röda Sten has no heating system and November 2004 was one of the coldest November months ever.
I spent the first 10 minutes of the opera laying on the stone floor – after that there was no problems with giving the impression of a desperate woman!
In 2005 I gave the performance in a nice, warm church in Bodö, Norway and in the autumn of 2010 I will sing ”Infinito Nero” with Petter Sundkvist and Norrbotten NEO.

Composer Salvatore Sciarrino
Conductor    Jerker Johansson / Jonathan Stockhammer
Director Ola Beskow

”Endlessly dark and beautiful”   GT
”A small sensation and very admirable!”   Svd
”It is very beautiful and the best production by MusikTeaterVerket
I’ve seen so far.”
”Monica Danielson has a fantastic stage presence in a beautiful stage picture”   GP

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