Swedish Opera Performers tenor Mats Carlsson and pianist Michael Engström, yet again on popular demand, third time over, will be at the centre stage during the Nobel Memorial Week. They will perform at IHC.
January 18, 1773 has come to be regarded as the date on which Swedish opera was born. That day a performance was given of the opera Thetis and Pelée, composed by Francesco Uttini to words by Alderman Johan Wellander. Until 1782, all opera in Stockholm was performed at the Bollhuset, which also put on other European works of varying merit, though always translated into Swedish. Gluck, Grétry and Henrik Philip Johnsen (a naturalised Swede) were the most popular composers.