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Sweeney Todd

Duration: 2 h 45 min Intermissions: 1
Language: English Subtitles: Norwegian
Location: Grieghallen Ticket prices: 250 - 675 NOK
Premiere: 06. Nov 2019 Running period: 06 - 08/11

Blood-soaked revenge, love and human meat pies are some of the spine-tingling ingredients in the musical Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street.

The story starts in foggy London, where the innocently convicted Sweeney Todd returns home after having escaped from a lifelong prison sentence in Australia. In search of revenge he teams up with Mrs. Lovett, the city's worst pie maker, who lets him keep a barbershop above her meat pie establishment in Fleet Street. Whilst Todd gives his customers a very close shave, people start flocking to Mrs. Lovett's shop for some exceedingly delicious meat pies ...

The strong cast is led by Americans Michael Mayes and Lester Lynch, with the legendary British soprano Susan Bullock in the role of Mrs. Lovett. The rising Bergen star, Caroline Wettergreen, sings Johanna. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edvard Grieg Choir are led by conductor Stephen Higgins.

- Mayes makes for a compellingly sinister and seething Sweeney, internally miserable but taking an outwardly visible delight in planning and exacting his revenge; his strongest emotional attachment is, believably, to his razors. Atlanta Journal Constitution (2018)

A new production by Bergen National Opera

Staged concert in 2 acts Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 30 minute break

Presented by Bergen National Opera and Musikkselskapet Harmonien Stephen Sondheim / Music and lyrics Hugh Wheeler, based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond / Book (libretto) Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Edvard Grieg Kor

See pictures from the rehearsals:

See the duet Pretty Women, with Sweeney Todd andJudge Turpin, from a Pop-Up event at Bjørgvin Barbers:

See interview with Michael Mayes from The Atlanta Opera:

Foto (top of page): Aleksander Næs
Model: Simen Marius Granlund, Master Barber at Bjørgvin Barbersalong in Bergen

Selected dates

06/11 Wednesday 19.00
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07/11 Thursday 19.00
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08/11 Friday 19.00
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