Tristessa - Kungliga Operan / Royal Swedish Opera (Stockholm) (2018) - Tristessa - Kungliga Operan / Royal Swedish Opera (Stockholm) (2018)

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World Premiere.

Tristessa is an unattainable movie star. Evelyn is a young man who moves to a future, dystopian New York. There he meets Leilah, a prostitute with whom he starts a relationship. Leilah is also part of a female guerrilla fighter pack, led by the uber matriarch Mother. The fighters kidnap Evelyn and against his will he undergoes a sex change operation and is given the name Eve. After escaping from New York, Eve ends up in the harem of a man called Zero in the middle of the dessert. Zero, just like Eve, is obsessed by Tristessa and together they head for the film star’s palace…

Tristessa is a newly written opera, created by a writer, video artist and composer to address gender roles and identity - and stir emotions. An adaptation of Angela Carter’s cult novel The passion of New Eve from 1977, it boldly dissects primitive notions of gender with satire and fantasy. Angela Carter (1940-1992, UK) was one of the most important and influential writers of our time, known for her feminist- and magic realism and demythologization of modern life.

More information is available on the official website of the opera house.


October 06, 2018 19:00:00

October 09, 2018 19:00:00

October 13, 2018 15:00:00

October 16, 2018 19:00:00

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Katharina Thoma

Fredrik Burstedt

Kerstin Avemo

Kerstin Avemo

Johanna Rudström

Joel Annmo

Susann Végh

John Erik Eleby

John Erik Eleby

Johanna Rudström

Joel Annmo

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Nurse Sophia



Young Tristessa

Old tristessa