The class conflicts and revolutionary thoughts that permeate this work remain in Andalusia, but in Langridge's interpretation, they have been transposed to the Franco era. George Souglides' brilliant set design allows us to see all of the side-plots interpreted, right out in the open. Most of the principal roles are taken by two teams, each with its own conductor. So there is every reason to see this production more than once and experience two very different interpretations of Mozart’s masterpiece.
In the glittering cast, among others, is Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans as the Count. He was recently awarded the prestigious Prix d’Amis 2013 for his interpretation of Papageno. Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius finally joins us as the Countess. She has spent virtually her whole career abroad on the stages of the major opera houses. Anna Grevelius (Cherubino) is also a very rare guest in Sweden after several years of spending her career in other countries such as the UK. Susanna, on the other hand, interpreted by Ida Falk Winland, will be a familiar face to the Gothenburg audience.