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Monday, 5 February 2018

Streaming - Movies into Opera - Peter Hourigan finds an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's AUTUMN SONATA

Ingmar Bergman & Ingrid Bergman on the set of Autumn Sonata
There has been a growth in the number of operas being based on movies - think of EXTER-MINATING ANGEL, and MARNIE for starters.

I have just watched a production from Finnish Opera of an opera based on Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata with Anne Sofie von Otter in the role originally played by Ingrid Bergman. And most impressive it was. (Click on the images below to enlarge.)

Anne Sofie von Otter, Autumn  Sonata
Particularly striking was the use of the chorus - we first meet them as the audience at one of Charlotte's piano recitals, praising her warmth and humanity and insight, and their comments on this throughout the opera are an effective counterpoint to the way we realise Charlotte has sacrificed all her real humanity to pursue her career.

Autumn Sonata
 If you're interested, it's streaming and free with EST at this link, Autumn Sonata, until mid-March. Apart from this I don't know anything about the young composer Sebastian Fagerlund.

Autumn Sonata


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