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Julia Sporsén

Magic Flute in Gothenburg

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Two days ago we opened Magic Flute in Gothenburg in which I as debuting the role of Pamina. Here’s a little interview I did in the days leading up to the premiere (with some additional tips on what to do in Gothenburg, if you’re considering coming here!)

Finally back to Traviata

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As last year’s production of La Traviata at Folkoperan in Stockholm had to be cancelled due to the theatre being flooded, I’m now really happy to be back in rehearsal for this exciting production in which I’m singing Violetta. It has been an unusual situation in that we rehearsed the production last year, in a different venue, for 6 weeks but without ever meeting an audience or indeed having the real set or lighting. It’s now exactly a year ago and we’ve just started where we left off last year, trying to remember what we did and getting it under our skin again.  There’s a glimpse of last year’s rehearsals here.

One show to go in Göteborg

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There’s now only one show left of A Flowering Tree at Göteborgsoperan in Gothenburg. We’ve had a fantastic run of shows, introducing this opera, and in many ways, John Adams’ music to the Swedish audience. It has been great to hear the reactions of people being quite blown away by this piece.
The Swedish national radio has a brilliant opera program on Saturday nights which is hosted by Ella Peterson. She came around on the day after the opening and did an interview with me. The result you can listen to here (if your Swedish is up to scratch).

7 shows left of A Flowering Tree

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The opening of A Flowering Tree 10 days ago at GöteborgsOperan went really well and we’ve had some fantastic reviews in Swedish media. Especially DN, GP, and SvD were singing our praises. Here is a trailer for the show that runs until the 28th of March. Tickets can be purchased here.

A Flowering Tree rehearsals are blossoming

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We now have 3 weeks to go until the premiere of A Flowering Tree at GöteborgsOperan. We’ve had a few rehearsals on stage where I got to meet one of the trees that I’m transforming myself into, so to speak. It’s really cleverly done and looks beautiful, I think. We’re still doing detailed work in the rehearsal studio in between the stage sessions and next week we add costume and make-up. So it’s all really starting to grow now. Here you can find more info, including an interview with the director, Nicola Raab, and some video footage from rehearsals.

Time for Christmas!

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It’s only 6 weeks until Christmas and I’m really looking forward to celebrate at home this year!  I’m going to sing Christmas concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the symphonic choir and Sven-Bertil Taube on the 4, 5 and 6th of December. It’ll be a jam-packed program with some of the well known Christmas songs as well as some opera and operetta. What a fantastic way to meet my hometown audience for the first time! Info, tickets etc here.

Traviata postponed

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This evening would have been the premiere of Traviata at Folkoperan in Stockholm where I would have been singing Violetta. Due to flooding of the opera house in July and the following damages, the performances have now been postponed until Autumn 2015. We have been rehearsing the show for 6 weeks, as planned, and will resume the rehearsals next year when we can finally open this show!

Hometown debut

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As the Gothenburg Opera has just announced their 2014/2015 season, I can now reveal that I will be making my debut there in February 2015, singing Kumudha in John Adams’ opera A Flowering Tree. It feels very special for me to sing in the house where both of my parents spent their careers singing as soloists. The opera itself is a beautiful piece which is based on an Indian folk tale about a girl who can transform herself  into a flowering tree. It has three singing roles and three dancing roles and full chorus and orchestra. You can find more information on the production and tickets etc here.