Starting point Sundsvall - Häxbrand

Concert 31.1–1.2

With the Capital of Culture year as a starting point, NorrlandsOperan wants to strengthen and develop the collaboration with music collegues in surrounding counties. Through regional starting points we initiate and participate in the Opening Weekend.

In Västernorrland, Scenkonstbolaget inaugurates the year with an entire festival. Two productions will tour along the Botniabanan railroad to Umeå. The french gutarist Bireli Lagréne and the family concert Häxbrand.

Witch Burning
During det stora oväsendet (”the great noise”) between 1668 and 1676 about 300 people in Sweden were accused for sorcery and executed.

With sorcery and witchcraft chanting as inspiration, Karin Rehnqvist has composed a music piece called Där korpen vitnar (“Where the Raven Whitens”) for the folk singer Ulrika Bodén and the Nordic Chamber Ensemble. A pillory, a tribunal and a stake covered with crucifixes set the stage.

Karin Rehnqvist is one of Sweden’s most famous composers and her music can be heard all over the world. Ulrika Bodén is one of the most prominent folk singers in Sweden.