Directors: make us dream again!

I have no clear ideas about how the operatic world will be once the corona storm will be over or, at least, under control. But one thing is crystal clear in my mind: I want directors – who are today’s great powers in the opera world as orchestra conductors once were and before them singers – make us DREAM. Too many operatic productions in the recent (and less recent…) past have been visually unpleasant and absolutely incoherent with the meaning of the plot. Just the idea of watching a Traviata or a Carmen, in a coronavirus “interpretation” makes me sick. It would be so pointless, so sadly predictable and banal. Make us dream again instead! At least for a while. And if you really want a coronavirus opera well, write one, if you can! Thank you!


Beautiful production of “Lakmé” at Malmö Opera House (2017)
Svetlana Moskalenko (Lakmé) and Taras Shtonda (Nilakantha)
Scenography by Anne Marie Legenstein
Lights by Zerlina Hughes
Costume and Makeup design: Gesine Völlm
Director: Nicola Raab


A photo shot from the legendary “Semiramide” at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (1992) staged and designed by Hugo de Ana. Michele Pertusi (Assur) and Iano Tamar (Semiramide). 


Cristina Giannelli in the title role of “Maria Stuarda” in a successful production
of this extraordinary Donizetti’s masterpiece in Manaus (2019).
Director: Davide Garattini Raimondi
Scenopraphy: Giorgia Massetani
Costumes: Fábio Namatame
Lights: Fábio Retti  


New recording: Tuba mirum!

Following my 10 performances of a beautifully staged version of Mozart’s Requiem at Malmö Opera House (November/December 2019), here you can listen to a live recording from the premiere of the famous bass solo “Tuba mirum”:

This show has been greeted by extremely good reviews for everybody involved in it. Here I want to warmly thank Charlotte Wiberg for her nice words about me in her review on the Swedish newspaper Expressen:

Soloist in a staged version of Mozart’s Requiem!

Happy and proud to announce that I’m soon going to be soloist in an exciting series of performances, a coproduction between Malmö Opera House and Skånes Dansteater. Mozart’s Requiem is going to be staged and choreographed!
Première on November the 16th!

Sara Swietlicki, soprano (Nov. 16/20/24/26/27/30, Dec. 6/7/14/15)
Ayala Zimber, mezzo (Nov. 16/20/24/26/27/30, Dec. 6/7/14/15)
Timothy Augustin, tenor (Nov. 16/20/24/26/27/30, Dec. 6/7/14/15)
Stefano Olcese, bass (Nov. 16/20/24/26/27/30, Dec. 6/7/14/15)

Laine Quist, soprano (Nov. 21/29)
Katarina Lundborg, mezzo (Nov. 21/29)
Darko Neshovski, tenor (Nov. 21/29)
Per Fernesten, bass (Nov. 21/29)

Malmö Opera Chorus
Malmö Opera Orchestra
Olof Boman, conductor

Skånes Dansteater
Örjan Andersson, choreographer
Rolf Hepp and Niels Simonsen, guest dancers
Bente Lykke Møller, set and costume designer
Ulrik Gad, light designer