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Seminar – Creating opera & music theatre on new terms

Creating opera & music theatre on new terms
From inclusive vision to inclusive reality, how? 

Seminar & performance
Friday 12th May 2017
At the Göteborg Opera, in collaboration with ShareMusic & Performing Arts

We invite you to join us on 12th May

Our aim is to share tools and approaches we’ve used in making SHANGHAI with colleagues at other arts organizations and with artists who are making opera and music theatre today. We’ll share concrete examples of how we’ve worked, from casting to creating to rehearsing. We won’t shy away from sharing the challenges we’ve encountered along the way. The norms and traditions within the world of opera and music theatre do not always lend themselves to working with differences, but contrast and difference are artistically valuable. We also invite you to join an important conversation about inclusive artistic approaches, the performing arts, diversity and the future development of our artforms.


The Göteborg Opera and ShareMusic began collaborating in 2014. The collaboration is based on a shared commitment to making new music theatre and opera using inclusive approaches. In 2015, the two organisations embarked on a bold venture: to commission and stage an opera with an artistic team and cast comprising disabled and non-disabled artists. The result is SHANGHAI, a new opera with music by Line Tjørnhøj, text by Erik Fägerborn, directed by Stephen Langridge.

In SHANGHAI, artists from The Göteborg Operan and ShareMusic appear on stage and have also played a crucial role in the artistic process that has led to the finished work. An exciting and important starting point for the work is that the artists have very different voices and bodies. They come from different genres and have different backgrounds, experiences and abilities.

More about SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI is about completely ordinary people. They live their completely ordinary lives, get stressed over everyday problems, they’re scared of things that are scary and dream dreams filled with longing. One day, they start wondering who’s really in charge of their lives. There seems to be someone else controlling them. A struggle begins. A struggle to live their own lives. This is a story about breaking free and finding your own path.

Practical details

Date: Friday 12th May 2017

13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 17.00 Seminar, including refreshments
19.00 – 20.00 Performance of SHANGHAI
20.00 – 20.20 Post-performance talk

Venue: The Göteborg Opera, Christina Nilssons gata, 411 04 Göteborg, Sweden

Tickets: 150 kr
This includes the seminar, performance & afternoon refreshments

Book here:

Sophia Alexandersson, CEO & Artistic Director, ShareMusic & Performing Arts
Erik Fägerborn, librettist SHANGHAI
Stephen Langridge, director SHANGHAI & Artistic Director of Opera at The Göteborg Opera
Line Tjørnhøj, composer SHANGHAI
Plus artists from SHANGHAI

Please note: the seminar will be held in English. Guests are welcome to participate in the seminar in Swedish or English. SHANGHAI is performed in Swedish.

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Seminar – Creating opera & music theatre on new terms