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Prize for Opera
Shortlist 2019

210

06 / 08

The Snow Queen

Denmark
The Royal Danish Theatre

The Royal Danish Theater Visual

Presentation

The Snow Queen is the first ever opera written by leading Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, newly commissioned by The Royal Danish Opera – the first foray into opera for an otherwise very experienced composer. Envisioned for the stage by an artistic team that includes both seasoned artists and exciting new talents, the production seeks to prove that new modes of collaborations between opera companies can be sought out and expanded upon, and that there are many new technological areas for the performing arts to explore for the benefit of the entire business.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name, The Snow Queen is an operatic production that also seeks to promote a new way to handle commissions that have just seen the light of day. In our current day and age, far too many new commissions only receive a single iteration of the piece, after which they are never seen again. By wavering any exclusivity rights and by welcoming an opening of the same piece in Bayerische Staatsoper in very close proximity to the Copenhagen premiere, The Snow Queen will showcase a way for newly written pieces to get more than one chance on stage. Empowering other companies to take an active part in the development of the piece after it has been commissioned will maximize the possibility of making the production a mainstay in the operatic circuit, as well as showing other opera companies how to break the mold of the traditional co-commissioning process. Ultimately, The Snow Queen could be a role model for how Opera houses in the future could collaborate and engage with new pieces in a more accessible fashion and with a smaller financial risk for many of the parties involved.

Artistic Team

Hans Abrahamsen; renowned Danish composer
Henrik Engelbrecht; librettist and dramaturg of many years
Francisco Negrin; renowned and experienced opera director
Palle Steen Christensen; set design. upcoming Danish designer
Louis Desiré; experienced and well known costume designer
Bruno Poet: Renowned lighting designer
Matt Daw: Lighting designer and collaborator with Bruno
Toniah Pedersen: Danish upcoming choreographer
Playmodes: Barcelona based upcoming lighting effects company, first foray into the opera world.

Francisco Negrin

Francisco Negrin

Stage Director

Palle Steen Christensen

Palle Steen Christensen

Set Designer

Hans Abrahamsen

Hans Abrahamsen

Composer

Henrik Engelbrecht

Henrik Engelbrecht

Librettist

Louis Desire

Louis Désiré

Costume Designer

Bruno Poet

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

Matt Daw

Matt Daw

Associate Lighting Designer

Toniah Pedersen

Toniah Pedersen

Choreographer

Eloi Maduell

Eloi Maduell

Playmodes Lighting FX

Santiago Vilanova

Santiago Vilanova

Playmodes Lighting FX

Co-producing Partners

Bayerische Staatsoper logo

Bayerische Staatsoper

Germany

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