The invincible power of LOVE
»interpreted with breathless precision by the Royal Swedish Orchestra and the Royal Opera Chorus under chief conductor Alan Gilbert«
»Opera history has been written«
»Hanna Husáhr in the lead role makes an outstanding achievement«
»soprano Hanna Husáhr triumphs in one of the most beautiful pieces written by a Swedish composer«
»a masterpiece that leaves a sense of light in the darkness«
»The absolute star of this two-act opera (…) is Swedish soprano Hanna Husáhr as Ava«
»The Royal Swedish Opera Chorus makes a perfect display«
»The story is both compelling and engaging with Stefan Larsson's direction«
»The Royal Swedish Orchestra shines under Alan Gilbert's confident and nuanced conducting«
»The main role is a real breakthrough for Hanna Husáhr«
»Löftet deserves an international audience«
»The Promise has every potential t become a classic«
The war in Ukraine continues with undiminished violence against the civilian population.
People are forced to flee to seek refuge, giving their children temporary security in unknown environments.
Our opera The Promise tells about the horrors of war and today feels more relevant than ever.
We at the Royal Swedish Opera want to help our fellow human beings in Ukraine and therefore donate today's ticket proceeds to
SOS Children's Villages, an organization that has been active in Ukraine since the early 2000s and that helps the most vulnerable children and young people. Thank you to all of you who see the performance with us today and contribute!
Birgitta Svendén, CEO of the Royal Swedish Opera
The Promise is the story of Ava who becomes separated from her husband, Teo, in a concentration camp. Determined to be reunited with her husband after the war, she travels through the ruins of a traumatised Europe in search of him. We accompany her on a journey that sways between dream and reality, hope and despair.
This story about the invincible power of love is brought to us seventy-six years after the liberation of Auschwitz. “We find ourselves in a time outside time, as the victims of war take their first uncertain steps towards reclaiming their humanity”, says librettist Susanne Marko, who was inspired by her own family history. The work was created for the Royal Swedish Opera in collaboration with the composer Mats Larsson Gothe. It will premiere on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we pay tribute to the victims and remind ourselves to never allow evil to take hold in society.
When Susanne Marko wrote the libretto for The Promise, she started with her parents' own story. The result is an opera with music by composer Mats Larsson Gothe that depicts the characters Ava and Teos' desperate love story.
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Royal Swedish Orchestra
Royal Swedish Opera Chorus