Finnish National Opera presents the world premiere of the new Finnish opera AUTUMN SONATA, composed by Sebastian Fagerlund and based on the film of the same name by Ingmar Bergman.
AUTUMN SONATA is the meeting of a story by Swedish cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and the music of Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the most highly acclaimed Finnish composers of his generation. Gunilla Hemming adapted a libretto from Bergman’s film of the same name, reflecting on human choices, hidden conflicts in families and the possibility of forgiveness. The role of Charlotte has been specially composed for the acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter. This is Von Otter’s first role at the Finnish National Opera.
Charlotte, a renowned pianist, visits her daughter after years of absence. A family drama begins to unravel. Charlotte put her career above her family, and the question now is what marks this choice has left on her daugthers, Eva and Helena. Helena is ill, and Eva has lost a child; these dark strands colour the story that plumbs the depths of troubled human relationships.
The composer Sebastian Fagerlund says about his work: ‘AUTUMN SONATA is a multi-layered 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.’