In the Darkness, Everything Went All Black

In the Darkness

Nordic House · 28. oct
Tickets are available at Tix.isIn the Darkness, Everything Went All Black is set in darkness, in another world perhaps. It’s a place where something or someone is hiding in the dark. There are also other traces of life there, two persons are desperately trying to struggle with the situation they are put in, hoping to find a way towards the freedom and the light. In the Darkness, Everything Went All Black is an opera experience that investigates the sensory features of blindness. Do we listen more actively when we can’t see? How do we percieve sound in the dark?The opera is written for two singers and live electronics and performed in English. In the Darkness, Everything went All Black is a collaboration between Operation Opera and Teatr Weimar. Operation Opera produces music theatre and opera in Halmstad and is supported by Kultur i Halland and Kulturförvaltningen in Halmstad. Teatr Weimar is supported by the Swedish Arts Council and Malmö Stad. The performance is documented with support from Stiftelsen Scenkonstens Historia in Gothenburg.Concept by Hedvig Jalhed, Mattias Rylander, Jörgen Dahlqvist, Kent Olofsson, and Agnes WästfeltText by Jörgen DahlqvistMusic by Kent OlofssonSet design by Mattias RylanderPerformed by Hedvig Jalhed (soprano), Agnes Wästfelt (soprano), and Kent Olofsson (live-electronics)The performances are documented as a part of Hedvig Jalhed's doctoral study in ludo-immersive opera at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. Please read more about the research project on or contact Hedvig Jalhed on if you have any questions about it.
Gitta-Maria Sjöberg

Masterclass with Gitta-Maria Sjöberg

Nordic House, Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar, Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar · 31. oct / 1. nov / 2. nov
Three day masterclass with Gitta-Maria Sjöberg soprano and chairman of the Swedish Birgit Nilsson Society will find place on October 31, November 1st and 2nd at 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm.The masterclass suits advanced singing students and professional singers. Each day she will start with a light warm-up and exercises with the participants. Gerrit Schuil will accompany on the piano.Participation fee is 20.000 ISK per participant, subsidized by Reykjavík Opera Days.There are places for eight singers - please apply before October 10th on  Everyone is welcome to observe the masterclass. Entry is free.Gitta-Maria Sjöberg incredible soprano voice has made her a highly cherished and wanted guest singer all over the world. Her versatility is extraordinary. She masters both lyric and highly dramatic parts giving her characters sublime inner life and complexity. Her range covers a broad repertoire of roles such as Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Mimi , Desdemona, Amelia, Leonora, Arabella, Sieglinde, Brangaene, Rusalka, Katarina Ismailova, Kostelnicka and Emilia Marty. For the latter, she was named singer of the year by leading German critics. In the fall of 2014, she was invited to open the Janácek Festival in Brno in the role of Emilia Marty in “Vec Makropulos”, and the reviews were overflowing with success. The performance was recorded and was aired in The European Radio and on Czechish TV. Recently, the show was awarded first prize for the best production of an opera in Czech Republic and plans have been made for a DVD release. In 2017 she sang the role of “The Mother” in the premiere of Louise Alenius’ opera “Silent Zone” at the Copenhagen Opera Festival.Gitta-Maria Sjöberg received her education from the Opera Academy in Copenhagen where she was trained and coached by the great Finnish bass singer Kim Borg. Nowadays she shares her experiences and teaches many masterclasses for young promising talents who benefit from her coaching and large experience.Gitta-Maria is also a highly gifted lied-singer and has been giving solo Recitals all over Europe. She works with the same presence, enthusiasm and energy, whether it is a Schubert-lied, a Folk song or a Jazz ballad. The large interest she has for lieder and songs inspired her to establish a new festival in Sweden called “Nordic Song Festival”, which had its successful opening in the summer of 2014. The festival consists of a mix of masterclasses, concerts and artistic research. Nordic Song Festivalis growing with great success and she bids you “Welcome to Nordic Song FestivalJune 28 – July 6 2018!”Among her many records and publications, you’ll find “Verdi & Puccini Arias”, “Nordic Trio: Nordic Folk Songs and Ballads”, and “15 Songs by Gustaf Fröding”. Recently, she released a recording with interpretations of Nordic Christmas songs with the title: “Nordic Winter Christmas Songs”.Her portrayal of the demonic and yet tragic role of Kostelnicka at Malmö Opera’s rendition of Jenufain 2011 was praised by Opera News as one of the best ever made, and is available on DVD from ArtHaus Musik.Gitta-Maria Sjöberg has received many awards and has been Knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark giving her the title of Knight of Dannebrog first grade.Head of the board for: Birgit Nilsson Societyällskapet/Member of the board for:Nordic Opera DirectorNordic Song Festival - Performance & Research 

Gemstones of a capella choral music

Hallgrímskirkja · 4. nov
Sunday November 4 at 5 pmHallgrimskirkja Chamber Choir Schola cantorumConductor Hörður ÁskelssonProgram:MEDIA VITA by John SHEPPARD MISERERE by James MacMILLANREQUIEM by Kjell- Mörk KARLSENAll Saints‘ day, is celebrated on the first Sunday of November. It is a day of remembrance for the faithful - to reflect on and express gratitude for their loved ones who have died. Many beautiful sacred compositions - requiems, motets and hymns - are connected to this day. It has been a tradition for many years at Hallgrímskirkja to celebrate All Saints‘ day with a concert.   In this year's concert, Schola Cantorum, The Chamber Choir of Hallgrímskirkja, presents sacred compositions by composers known for their beautiful musical language, that connects the past and the present.  Schola Cantorum Schola cantorum is the Hallgrímskirkja multiple prize-winning chamber choir, founded in 1996 by its conductor Hörður Áskelsson. Schola cantorum was awarded the “Performer of the Year 2016" by the Icelandic Music Award in March 2017. Schola cantorum has from the very start played an important role in Icelandic music scene with a repertoire that consists mainly of renaissance, baroque and contemporary music including numerous premier performances by Icelandic composers. The choir gives regularly concerts in Iceland and has given concerts in Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, France and USA. In April 2017 the choir was invited to perform in 5 concerts in the Reykjavik Festival in Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, organized by the LA Phil, and received outstanding reviews in world known newspapers like NY Times, LA Times etc.