Melancholia PROMO



Mikael Karlsson

2h 32m
Spanish , German , French , English

Iconic director Lars von Trier's apocalyptic Melancholia took the world by storm in 2011. Composer Mikael Karlsson - known to Royal Swedish Opera audiences for his music for Alexander Ekman ballets such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Escapist - has now made a full-length opera based on the riveting film. The librettist is Royce Vavrek, who also wrote the libretto for the operatic version of von Trier's Breaking the Waves. Soloists include soprano Lauren Snouffer - a virtuoso performer of both baroque opera and contemporary music - as Justine, the Metropolitan Opera's rising young star Rihab Chaieb as Claire, and Anne Sofie von Otter as the icy mother Gaby.

Music by Mikael Karlsson

Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Based on the film by Lars von Trier

Music arrangement by Michael P. Atkinson & Mikael Karlsson

Royal Swedish Orchestra

Royal Swedish Opera Chorus


Artistic team

Conductor | Andrea Molino

Stage director | Sláva Daubnerová

Set designer | Boris Kudlicka

Costume designer | Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko

Lighting designer | Tom Visser

Sound designer | Avgoustos Psillas

Video | Bartek Macias

Playwright | Katarina Aronsson

Choreography | Charlotta Öfverholm



Justine | Rihab Chaieb

Claire | Anne Sofie von Otter

Gaby | Jens Persson Herztman

Michael | Ola Eliasson

John | Johan Edholm Jack