Lisbeta – don’t let the witch live is an opera about female hatred and superstition composed in honor of the centenary of Åland’s self-government. The work premiered in Mariehamn in the summer of 2021 and will now be seen in two performances at the Alexander Theater!
The roar of the magpie rushes over the Sund as the pastor and the new district judge incite terror in the face of the unknown. Soon, seven women are executed for a new crime: an alliance with the devil. Lisbeta is a celebration of music in which women accused of 17th-century witchcraft defeat the logic of hate rhetoric.
Lisbeta – Sofie Asplund, soprano
Psilander – Philip Björkqvist, bass baritone
Kjellinus – Joonas Eloranta, tenor
Karin – Jenny Carlstedt, mezzo soprano
Ebba – Therese Karlsson, soprano
Per – Aarne Pelkonen, baritone
Magpie – Veli Kujala, 1/4-sävelaskelviritteinen accordion
Music: Karólína Eiríksdóttir
Libretto: Carina Karlsson and Ida Kronholm
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Direction: Ida Kronholm
Choreography: Soledad Howe
Performances 21. and 22.4.2022