>Sept 29, 2013: The Elephant Man and composer Carl Unander-Scharin are nominated to the Opera prize by Swedish journal "Opera".
AUDIO from the Live Recording in 2012. Singers: Håkan Starkenberg, Susanna Levonen, Mats Persson, Peter Kajlinger, Karl Rombo, Susanna Sundberg, Jenny Hertzmann, Albina Isufi, Lars Martinsson.
The Elephant Man is an opera composed by Carl Unander-Scharin, on a libretto by Michael Williams. The story is based on the historical person Joseph Merrick, who was born with a disability that rapidly grew. During his short life, he chose to become a "novelty" - a freak - to be able to support himself. In this full scale opera, the story and life of Joseph Merrick is told in the context of the horrors of London East End, anno 1890 - the Jack the Ripper-era.
Programme from the 2012 NorrlandsOperan production below.
PR booklet with press-cuts, November 2012 - below
The opera features 10 singers, a large orchestra (2222 4321 11 Pi/Kbd Str), live-electronics and video-art. Commissioned by NorrlandsOperan, premiere October 6, 2012. There is also a reduced score for smaller orchestras (1111 2111 11 Pi/Kbd Str)
Article in "Opera Now" - september 2012 - below. Article in "Tonsättaren" sept 12 - below.
Conductor: Mats Rondin
Stage Director: Keith Turnbull
Set Design and costumes: Annsofi Nyberg
Video Design: Lene Juhl and Mark Viktov
Singers: Håkan Starkenberg, Susanna Levonen, Mats Persson, Peter Kajlinger, Karl Rombo, Susanna Sundberg, Jenny Hertzmann, Albina Isufi, Lars Martinsson.
The Opera was be recorded and broadcast by Sveriges Radio AB.
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