Bergman’s Autumn Sonata at the World Cultures Festival
Why We Recommend it
This internationally acclaimed two-act opera is converted from Ingmar Bergman’s award-winning film debuts in Asia.
First performed at Finnish National Opera in 2017, Bergman’s Autumn Sonata adds intense musical angst to the raw truths bared in this tale of a concert pianist’s inharmonious relationship with her daughters. With a passionate score by Finland’s Teosto Prize-winning composer Sebastian Fagerlund for both orchestra and vocal stars, the chorus is weaved into the drama to supercharge the brutal emotional exchanges. Surrealism and further layers of meanings are brought to the audience by intriguing staging, featuring flashbacks, parallel moments, open expanses, and even spectral presences. Time and space are experimented with to add universal significance to the domestic setting.