Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata is a multilayered and powerful relationship drama. Its protagonists meet up in the dark hours of the night and end up having to question the choices they’ve made and their consequences. Underlying the drama, we have the eternal themes of forgiveness and the ability to accept other people as they are. Even as I was starting out the work, I felt as if the story and its characters were waiting for me somewhere in the depths of my mind. The tidal surges of the opera’s music still have an unusual pull on me.
About the production
The Finnish National Opera has commissioned a new opera from Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund, to be premiered in September 2017. The libretto for the new opera, Autumn Sonata, is by Gunilla Hemming, based on the eponymous film by Ingmar Bergman.
Premiered in 1978, the film tells the story of an encounter between a celebrated pianist and her adult daughter whom she neglected in childhood. Fagerlund’s Autumn Sonata will be the first full-length opera to be based on an Ingmar Bergman film.
The production will be directed and its sets designed by Stéphane Braunschweig, and Anne Sofie von Otter has been engaged to create the principal role of Charlotte. The conductor will be John Storgårds. This will be Sebastian Fagerlund’s second opera, following the chamber opera Döbeln.
- Ingmar Bergman, Writer
- Sebastian Fagerlund, Composer
- Gunilla Hemming, Libretto
- John Storgårds, Conductor
- Stéphane Braunschweig, Directing and scenography
- Thibault Vancraenenbroeck, Costume
- Marion Hewlett, Light design
- Anne Sofie von Otter, Charlotte
- Erika Sunnegårdh, Eva
- Tommi Hakala, Viktor
- Helena Juntunen, Helena
- Nicholas Söderlund, Leonardo