Drottningholms Slottsteater 2018
Opera / Drama Festivals

The Drottningholms Slottsteater is host to a yearly summer Opera Festival that offers new productions of 17th and 18th century operas and attracts audiences from all over the world. Since 1979 the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra has performed on period instruments, and the repertoire includes works by Haydn, Handel, Gluck and Mozart, as well as Rameau and Monteverdi.

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Pygmalion
opéra-ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1748)

The internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer and multitalented artist Saburo Teshigawara stages Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opéra-ballet from 1748. Pygmalion was originally premiered in 1748 and tells the story of sculptor Pygmalion, who, in his quest for perfection, falls in love with his own statue, brought to life by Cupid (l’Amour), the god of love. It is a classical tale that has appeared in many guises, from Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses to the musical My Fair Lady. The work has generally been regarded as the best of Rameau’s one-act pieces.

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The Siblings of Mantua
New Opera – Old Music

Salamone Rossi was a Jewish composer who was born in Mantua in 1570. His sister Europa Rossi was an acclaimed singer, among the first Italian real opera stars. The two siblings were engaged by the royal court and praised by the culture-loving Prince Gonzaga, whose favours opened doors to the city. Rossi wrote modern, innovative music, creating art that built bridges between the established, elevated world of wealthy, free men at the court and the destitute, deprived world of the Jews in the ghetto. The music includes rarely performed works by Salamone Rossi and newly composed material by Djuro Zivkovic. This is a contemporary opera with its roots in 17th century Europe, a politically charged time not unlike our own.

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