The Volksoper Stockholm (Folkoperan) has appointed Henrik Schaefer as its new Music Director starting the beginning of the 2021/22 season, where he most recently led Massenet's Don Quichotte with great success in 2018.
For his inaugural production in autumn 2021, the Bochum-born composer initiates the establishment of the first “original sound” orchestra for romantic repertoire in Sweden. This is a theme that he had already addressed in 2007 for Parsifal at the Wermland Opera Karlstad, and which later attracted international attention for his Ring at the same house, performed on period instruments.
In Stockholm, Henrik Schaefer will join the new Artistic Director Tobias Theorell. Together they would like to give the house a new artistic touch after a recent extensive renovation. Since 1976, the Volksoper Stockholm has made it its mission - first as an independent theatre company and later as a permanent institution - to explore and make opera art accessible with new and surprising approaches.