Newly written Swedish Opera
One of our ambitions here at Skäret, is to produce one newly written Swedish Opera every five years.
Our Artistic Leader Alexander Niclasson came up with an idea for a new opera 25 years ago after reading a poem by Henrik Ibsen called “Bergmanden”, about a miner who finds himself trapped deep down in a mine. What Alexander didn’t know at the time, was that he would one day be the artistic leader of an Opera festival in an old mining town like Kopparberg- and would have the opportunity to realize that idea.
This Grand Opera ”Guldåldern” takes place in Bergslagen, an area of the Swedish Country side historically famous for mining.
The opera is a thriller in four acts- about miners, Norwegians, Swedish/ Finnish natives and outlaws- who have been offered amnesty in exchange for working in the mines for the rest of their lives. In the midst of this Scandinavian setting an exciting love story unfolds, spanning over 30 years.
the world premier of this opera will take place in 2020 on the main stage at Opera på Skäret.
In conjunction with this new opera production, Alexander is hoping to involve many people in the local area- with art exhibitions, guided tours showing the rich mining history in this particular area.
The next newly written Swedish opera after ”Guldåldern” will have it’s premier in 2024 and will be about Sol-Lisa, a woman who was executed for killing her own infant and had the King of Sweden at the time- Gustav III- getting involved in her case.