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Grandi voci

For the concert series called Grandi voci (Italian for “Grand voices”), some of the greatest singers were invited to the Main Stage.

The singer and a pianist will perform in front of the curtain, which will reflect the sound outwards, making the acoustics both grand and intimate.

The best place to encounter a singer’s full potential is during recital concerts such as these, where you are also able to see the singer up close. Within the recital, a whole world is created, or a life-story narrated, and an endless range of moods is made possible with songs presented from different eras, styles and countries. Since the singer chooses their repertoire together with a pianist, the images and emotions that they can convey to the audience become a highly personal story. Experiencing the interplay between a singer and a skilled pianist is in itself usually what makes the concert worth attending.

11 februari

Recital with Lawrence Brownlee
Homage to Pavarotti, with pianist Henning Ruhe

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee spellbinds audiences and critics around the world. He is “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian) and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR). Brownlee is now coming to Gothenburg for a recital that pays tribute to Luciano Pavarotti.

Lawrence Brownlee’s voice is a “versatile instrument of great beauty and expression” (NPR Music), whether singing Rossini, Donizetti or contemporary music. With his apparently effortless high C and D-flat and his ever-increasing presence in operas, recitals and concerts of more contemporary music, Brownlee has sealed his place as one of our greatest exponents of classical music.

His signature roles are Rossini’s Count Almaviva, in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, and in the 2022/23 season he will be returning to the Metropolitan Opera in New York for Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He is a regular guest artist on the world’s leading opera and concert stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Kennedy Center.

As a concert pianist, Henning Ruhe has won many international competitions and given solo and chamber concerts on prestigious stages in Europe, North America and Asia. He has been the Göteborg Opera’s artistic director of opera and drama since January 2020.

“With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti” (The New Yorker).

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee
Piano Henning Ruhe

14 May

Recital with Maria Bengtsson
Joy, Sorrow and Passion, with pianist Sarah Tysman

Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson is a superstar – outside Sweden. Now, for the first time she will be performing in Gothenburg, in a recital with pianist Sarah Tysman.

Having started her career at Komische Oper Berlin among other companies, Maria Bengtsson has gone on to perform leading roles at the foremost European opera houses, as well as much-admired recitals. In spring 2022, she will be singing one of her signature roles, the Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at Wiener Staatsoper. Among her other recurring roles are Countess Rosina Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes and the eponymous heroines of Strauss’ Daphne and Dvořák’s Rusalka.

In her Grandi Voci concert at the Göteborg Opera, she will be accompanied by French pianist Sarah Tysman, professor of vocal repertoire at Berlin University of the Arts and head of music staff at Wiener Staatsoper.

A greeting to the audience from Maria Bengtsson:

“Colourful lyrics about dreams and reality set to beautiful music – with this as the foundation for our lieder matinee, pianist Sarah Tysman and I would like to invite you to join us in a multifaceted programme that reflects the joy, sorrow and passion of life and dreams.

Parts of the concert’s repertoire are taken from our 2019 CD Strauss: Lieder, which in fierce competition was gratifyingly nominated for the Opus Klassik Awards in Berlin. We will be performing songs by Rangström, Sibelius, Grieg and Schubert.

It is with immense pleasure that I look forward to meeting the audience in Gothenburg, a city to which I have links through my father and where I have spent many fantastic summers in the Bohuslän archipelago.”


Maria Bengtsson, soloist
Sarah Tysman, pianist

Credits: Shervin Lainez

Credits: Maria Östlin

Credits: Monika Ritterhaus