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SEMF 2012

6 – 10 June, Old Town (Gamla Stan)

SEMFestivalpass


The SEMFestivalpass gives you entrance to the Stockholm Early Music Festival 2012. The pass is valid in the A section of the German Church, in the stalls in the Finnish Church, and in designated seats in the Drottningholm Court Theatre. Please see the Ticket information page for details!

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A new decade of early music! The largest Nordic international scene for baroque, renaissance and medieval music prepares a world class firework display of musical experiences in the lovely early summer of Stockholm's Old Town. 2012 news: Early Stage in collaboration with the Drottningholm Court Theatre, and the appetizer SEMFaround, offering events around the city before it all begins. It’s never too late for early music!

Read the whole presentation by artistic director Peter Pontvik here...

Flyer 2012Download the SEMF 2012
flyer here (PDF, 623 kB).

 

The programme may be subject to change.

» SEMFaround
» Wednesday 6 June
» Thursday 7 June

» Friday 8 June
» Saturday 9 June

» Sunday 10 June

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Photo: Henrik Berglund

The 18th century history of Sweden and Finland is brought to life through sparkling music, jokes, Italian drama, and cartoons. Among the ingredients you'll find a murder, important and not so important knowledge, and original music by Swedish court composers. A performance for heart, eye and ear!

Please note that tickets are only sold at the door, from 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Free admission for children up to 12 years!

10:30 - 11:30The Royal Armoury

Photo: Manuel Fischer

opening ceremony

Festival opening

19:30 - 20:00The German Church

c Elyma |

Opening concert

Elyma

Fiesta Criolla

Welcome to a festive evening where now meets then! Enjoy the colourful reconstruction of the 1718 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Sucre Cathedral, Bolivia. A musical celebration where customs and cultures merge, and where the line between the sacred and the secular is subtly blurred.

Elyma
20:00 - 22:00The German Church
Thursday 7 June 2012

Liene Stradina | Photo: ©Liene Stradina

Free admission!

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Prepare for the evening’s EARLY STAGE performance! The seminar will provide an introduction to Drottningholms Slottsteaters new Cavalli production ”Il Giasone” (”Jason & Medea”). How do you set about putting on this kind of opera today? Stage Director Deda Cristina Colonna, well-known Swedish baroque soprano Susanne Rydén, and Drottningholm's Artistic Director Mark Tatlow will share their individual perspectives on the drama, Cavalli's music, and how to sing it. 

In collaboration with Drottningholms Slottsteater and the Nordic Network for Early Opera.

14:00 - 15:15The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Take the boat to the evening's opera experience!
An exclusive offer to SEMF visitors from Strömma for half the price (SEK 65) on the 4.00 pm departure. Please not that the offer is only available through this ticket link, and that this ticket is not included in the SEMFestivalpass.

Departure from Stadshusbron.
Duration approximately 1 hour.

Strömma
16:00

Déjeunersalongen, Drottningholm.

Included in the ticket to the evening's performance.

17:20 - 18:00The Drottningholm Court Theatre

Photo: Elsa Billgren

early stage

Jason & Medea

”Jason & Medea” (”Il Giasone”) was first performed in Venice in 1649 and was the most popular opera of the 17th century. Here, the ancient tale of Jason and Medea, in which lust, obesession and passion are strong elements, is a full-blooded drama about the game of love and power. This evening, the SEMF audience is invited to experience early opera in the unique setting of the Drottningholm Court Theatre!

In collaboration with Drottningholms Slottsteater.

Drottningholms Slottsteater
19:30The Drottningholm Court Theatre
Friday 8 June 2012

Photo: Henrik Berglund

N.B. School performance

10:30 - 11:15The Royal Armoury

Photo: Casper Hedberg

Even though Carl Michael Bellman without doubt is the most well-known Swedish composer of the 18th century, he is a rare bird on the "serious" early music stage. Perhaps this is because he was not an art musician or that he remains so popular to this day? Bring a lunch sandwich and experience the work of this national poet with ears sensitive to early music!

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

14:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Renato Silva

16th century fado? An exclusive programme that focuses on the musical and linguistic memory of the presence of Portuguese culture worldwide. Join the five musicians in Sete Lágrimas on a journey of discovery through Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and Morocco - and of course Portugal and Spain.

Sete Lágrimas
18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Photo: Wolf Nolting

At the age of 26, a greatly enthusiastic Heinrich Schütz began the qualifying piece of work to conclude his studies for the master Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice. Enjoy these Italian madrigals from 1611 performed by critically acclaimed Cantus Cölln.

Cantus Cölln
20:30 - 22:30The German Church
Saturday 9 June 2012

Photo: Henrik Berglund

The 18th century history of Sweden and Finland is brought to life through sparkling music, jokes, Italian drama, and cartoons. Among the ingredients you'll find a murder, important and not so important knowledge, and original music by Swedish court composers. A performance for heart, eye and ear!

Please note that tickets are only available at the door, from 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Free admission for children up to 12 years!

10:30 - 11:30The Royal Armoury

c Sigandi Stev |

A piece of the Middle Ages. The Faroese "kvaddans" has been passed through generations for centuries and is a unique living tradition that brings together singing, dancing, and storytelling. But what are all the hundreds of verses about? And how do you dance to them? Meet four people who know, and join in an extraordinary experience.

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

The Nordic medieval ballad in the spotlight!

The social function of the ballad in medieval Nordic society was significant. Here, the subject is discussed by three scholars and musicians with three of the ballad's essential qualities as a starting point - the epic contents, the wealth of melodic variations, and the rhythmical dance steps.

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

The life and work of early music legend Gustav Leonhardt is celebrated by three of his Nordic students. Music by Froberger, Couperin, Forqueray, and Bach.

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church

Photo: Guy Vivien

Detective story and musical experience! Le Poème Harmonique trace the roots of well-known traditional French songs - and find them in sources ranging from the 15th century Bayeux manuscript to 18th century song books.

N.B. No intermission in this concert.

Le Poème Harmonique
20:30 - 21:45The German Church

Photo: Johan Westin

Early music closer to you. Louise Agnani, Daniel Holst and Magdalena Mårding play night music by English and French viol masters Hume, Sainte-Colombe, and Marais. Lean comfortably back on a mattress and enjoy!

22:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall
Sunday 10 June 2012

Loten Namling | Photo: © Loten Namling

Traditional Tibetan songs.

12:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Photo: Eric Larrayadieu

open masterclass

Rinaldo Alessandrini

14:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish Hall

Meet Neidhart, one of the most popular Minnesänger of the late Middle Ages. While his colleagues propagated the ideals of courtly love, Neidhart turned the topic on its head.

Leones
17:00 - 18:00The Finnish Church

c Concerto Italiano |

Italian baroque at its sweetest, with a rich lining of cream. Concerto Italiano, one of Europe's elite ensembles, visits Stockholm for the first time. Seven top musicians, under the direction of maestro Alessandrini, will serve the festival's dessert on a delicate baroque silver plate... Works by A. Scarlatti, A. Corelli, A. Vivaldi, and others.

Concerto Italiano
19:00 - 21:00The German Church