Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Stenhammar's "Tirfing" to be played in Malmö

Malmö Opera in the south of Sweden had planned to play Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar's wagneresque opera "Tirfing" this season. But, due to hard economic problems, the theatre instead decided to play the musical "Singing in the rain", a huge hit in Stockholm.

But... a close source to Classicalify now confirms "Tirfing" will be played next season, 2011-2012. As the source is also going to sing one of the roles, Calssicalify judge the roumor as true.

About Stenhammar on Wikipedia:

Stenhammar was born in Stockholm, where he received his first musical education. He then went to Berlin to further his studies in music. He became a glowing admirer of German music, particularly that of Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner. Stenhammar himself described the style of his First Symphony in F major as "idyllic Bruckner". He subsequently sought to emancipate himself and write in a more "Nordic" style, looking to Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius for guidance. The latter's Symphony No. 2, especially, had a great effect on him, leading him to change his style and refuse to refer to his First Symphony as anything but a trivial piece.
From 1906 to 1922 he was Artistic Director and chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony, the first full-time professional orchestra in Sweden. In this capacity, he organized many performances of music by contemporary Scandinavian composers. Briefly, in 1909, he held the position of director of music at Uppsala University, where he was succeeded in the following year by Hugo Alfvén.
Wilhelm Stenhammar died of a stroke at 56 years of age in Jonsered in the historic province of Västergötland. He is buried in Gothenburg.

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