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About us

The goals and objectives of Operafabriken are to create occasions to both experienced and inexperienced opera audience of all generations, to experience opera, through a intimate and close format, with grand music and a high musical and theatrical quality. We want to spread the opera and we want that more people listen to opera. We want to pass our great passion for opera that we believe that everyone can embrace. The combination between the drama and the song is so strong, that one do not need to know the language to be captivated – rightly performed it goes straight to the heart.

Rarely performed compositions

Since we think that it is extremely important to offer a rich selection and diversity in the opera repertoire, just like a variation is offered within art and literature, Operafabriken wishes to highlight interesting compositions which perhaps are not so common, that have been overshadowed through out the years or that in some way excel musically. As a smaller and independent opera company, we´re not afraid to stand out with our choices! We not only take the risk to bring the opera to you, we also make sure that you can enjoy a composition that rarely is performed at the bigger institutions. Who knows? It may be this particular opera that captures your heart!

The smaller format

The great advantage with the smaller format is the closeness to the experience. Instead of being estranged from the stage and only be referred to large, sweeping gestures, the audience gets to approach the drama as well as get a more intense experience through the power of the song and the music. It also requires the singers to become better actors and for the director to sharpen the personal stage-management, since everything takes place so closely.

A living cultural heritage

Our aim is to preserve and to make a living cultural heritage – the classic song of bel canto, this unique and refined song technique that derives all the way from the ancient Greece with its dramas. This technique means developing one´s voice and learn to project the voice and reach the last row in a large salon without a microphone even though one sings pianissimo (weakly). To learn to paint with the voice and to create contrasts takes as long to master as for a violinist to master the violin. The preserving of this cultural heritage, that is opera, is as important and fundamental as preserving great works of art such as paintings and sculptures of great masters. Therefor we want to respect the composition as much as possible, the act, the music and so on. This explains why we always sing in the original language and why we preserve the recitative singing, that is the sung declamation in the opera that contains important dramatic events. We also strive to play in the lower key A=432 Hz, instead of today´s more common A=440-444 Hz, which gives beautiful shadows in the song and is also gentle to the human voice. This key, otherwise known as “the key of Verdi”, is much more pleasant and provides a fuller tone with a larger palette of vocal colours. According to several international musicologists, musicians, singers and scientist, the key A=432 Hz is the ideal and most natural. Operafabriken wants to reintroduce this natural factor and be faithful to the composer´s original music.

Broaden your horizons with a guided tour!

In the southern Scandinavia bending fields meet forested slopes and white beaches. Head out for a cosy guided tour before the opera performance starts! Exciting meetings and culinary samples are some of the many impressions you have the opportunity to take part in. Discover together with an authorized guide the south of Sweden and Copenhagen with all your senses, and learn more about the opera “La Gioconda” and about the place where the opera is performed.

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La Gioconda – an opera that engages and involves

The opera “La Gioconda”, the masterpiece of Amilcare Ponchielli, is a “grand opera” with a touching story of power and repression, good and evil, injustice and triumphant love! Soloists from the Malmö Opera, the Royal Opera, et al perform the opera in the original language and they are accompanied by a string ensemble, clarinet and piano.

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Enjoy opera with all your senses with Operafabriken (The Opera Factory)

Operafabriken invites you to enjoy grand and genuine chamber opera with a high musical and theatrical quality. Noble castles and charming cities in some of the most beautiful places in Scandinavia serve as a backdrop. Through the small scene at these suggestive places the audience get to experience the performance immediate, intense and with a feeling of participation.



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Former productions




Barnaba, a spy for the Inquisition, watches and observes La Gioconda during a pre-Lent carnival celebration at the Doge's palace while a regatta race takes place on the canal. As La Gioconda escorts her blind mother, La Cieca, across the town square, Barnaba quickly approaches her and bluntly asks her out. La Gioconda refuses his oppressive advances, so he angrily proclaims that her mother is an evil old witch who caused the less-than-favorable outcome of the races. The townsfolk are easily persuaded, and an angry, fearful mob quickly forms. Thankfully, Enzo Grimaldo, a young sea captain whom La Gioconda loves, is able to stave off the crowd. The mob finally dissipates with the arrival of Alvise Badoero, the head of the Inquisition, and his wife, Laura. Laura sees that La Cieca is being treated poorly, so she graciously brings her under her own protection. Moved by Laura's gratitude, La Cieca gives Laura her rosary, an item she greatly treasures. Barnaba has been watching with hawk-like vision and notices something strange between Laura and Enzo. Within moments he recalls that long before Laura's arranged marriage to Alvise, she was once deeply in love with Enzo and engaged to him.


Disguised as a fisherman, Barnaba prepares to take Laura to Enzo's ship on a small row boat. Enzo impatiently awaits for Laura's arrival. As he stares off at the horizon, he sings of the beauty of the sky and sea. Barnaba delivers Laura as promised and the two lovers passionately embrace. Barnaba departs with a smirk on his face. Laura's excitement turns to seriousness as she feels something isn't quite right. She doesn't trust Barnaba, but Enzo assures her that they will set sail soon and start a new life together. When Enzo disappears below deck to prepare to embark, La Gioconda steps out of the shadows and onto the deck. La Gioconda, holding a knife lunges at Laura, and the two fight over Enzo. When La Gioconda has the upper hand, she begins a downward motion with the knife to stab Laura. All of a sudden, she sees Laura desperately clasping her mother's rosary. La Gioconda throws away the knife and quickly changes heart. La Gioconda knows that Alvise and his men are on their way to stop Laura, so she decides to help her escape using the small boat La Gioconda used to get to the ship. After sending her away, La Gioconda stays behind and tells the oblivious Enzo, that Laura has left him. She tries to convince him to stay with her instead, but his love for Laura grows stronger every minute. When Alvise begins to fire cannons at his ship, Enzo sets his ship on fire and dives into the lagoon.


Back at the Ca' d'Oro palace, Laura, who has been captured by Alvise's men, meets with her husband. After vowing to take her life because she betrayed him, he orders her to drink the poison he has prepared for her before the townspeople are finished singing their song in the streets below. After he leaves her alone, La Gioconda sneaks into the room, having followed Laura once more. She exchanges the poison with a sleeping solution to mimic death and tells Laura that she will help her be with Enzo.

In the ballroom, Alvise presents a ballet to the large number of guests he's invited to his palace. Barnaba and Enzo, both disguised as nobility, take their place among the crowd. Barnaba keeps La Cieca with him after finding her praying inside the palace. Moments pass and the funeral bells begin ringing. As the undulating bells echo across the town, a small procession carries Laura's body through the ballroom. Enzo loses it and sheds his disguise, and Alvise's men apprehend him. La Gioconda rushes up to Barnaba and offers to be with him as long as he helps save Enzo from Alvise. Barnabas agrees to her terms, but keeps La Cieca as hostage.


In La Gioconda's room in her ruined palace on an island, La Gioconda's friends carry in the sleeping Laura, who they retrieved from her burial tomb. When Enzo is brought in, having been released from prison thanks to Barnaba, he is distraught by Laura's lifeless body. Driven mad with anger, he nearly kills La Gioconda for what she has done. As he takes out a knife to stab La Gioconda, Laura finally awakens from her deep sleep and calls out to Enzo. When he realizes that La Gioconda has aided in bringing the two lovers back together, he thanks her and escapes with Laura. La Gioconda now has to deal with the problem of Barnaba. When he arrives demanding her to fulfill her part of the bargain, she stalls for time by singing and adorning herself with all kinds of jewelry, while secretly hiding a dagger underneath the jewels. When he presses her into submitting to him, she dares him to take her. With one swift movement, La Gioconda stabs herself and falls to the floor. Barnaba, evil to the core, tries to inflict one last wound to La Gioconda by telling her he drowned her mother the night before, but she has already died and doesn't hear him.