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Aniara 1959Royal Opera, Stockholm

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This was the British premiere of Blomdahl's novelty, based on a recent post-nuclear science-fiction poem. As that description might imply, there was much electronic music, but also extensive dance interludes. In spite of the subject-matter, a nuclear holocaust engulfing Earth while an asteroid strike dooms these escapees to a fate of wandering through space, it was by no means all as depressing as that would imply.

The repertoire for the first Swedish visit to the Edinburgh Festival was distinctly varied. The most popular work of the five was clearly expected to be Rigoletto, given five performances. The second Verdi piece, the pecularly Swedish Un ballo in maschera, received four performances, as did Die Walküre. The two Twentieth Century works, Berg's Wozzeck and this brand new piece, teceived two performances each.

Cast details are from our copy of the Festival programme book.

Performance DatesAniara 1959

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Sep, 19.00 5 Sep, 19.00

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