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KRONBRUDEN (Rangström) Malmö 2023 Ella Morin, Fabian Düberg, Maria Streijffert

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  • Published by: Mamlmö Opera  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
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Ture Rangström’s opera Kronbruden (Crown Bride) is based on August Strindberg’s play of the same name. A Swedish Romeo and Juliet drama that takes place in Dalarna in the 1860s.

Kersti and Mats meet on the farmstead embankment and fall deeply in love. They want to get married, but an old conflict between the families makes it impossible.

When the miller’s family decides that Mats will be allowed to take over the mill, the families hold a council and agree to reconcile, and let the young couple marry, on the condition that Kersti is a virgin. Only a maiden may wear the village’s stately crown and stand at the altar as crown bride.

But Kersti and Mats already have a child, born in secret with the help of a midwife, and they keep the little boy hidden in the forest. Kersti’s mother senses trouble, and Brita, Kersti’s future sister-in-law is suspicious, to say the least. The midwife offers Kersti a solution to the problem, she can make sure the child disappears…

Strindberg and Rangström
August Strindberg wrote the drama The Crown Bride in 1901. He had painfully experienced the conventions and demands of society 25 years earlier when he and the actress Siri von Essen were forced to give up their common child, because they were not yet married.

Even though the story of the Crown Bride is over 120 years old, the theme of issues of honor is still very relevant today.

Strindberg already had in mind from the beginning that the play could be performed as an opera and had several different composers in mind. Finally, it was the young Ture Rangström who set the drama to music in 1915.

Rangström did not include the play’s last scene in the opera, but was otherwise faithful to Strindberg’s text and only changed a few minor details.

Quoted from Malmö Opera

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