(Svenska) Requiem– en mässa för vår tid

– a secular mass for our time

NewOpera CO’s Requiem is a new music-dramatic work inspired by the Catholic Requiem Mass. It is a secular ceremony, where we meet in a room to share reflection, sadness, thoughtfulness and inner meditation.
The newly written, remixed text is about the finality of life, the dystopian time we live in, about responsibility, guilt and reconciliation. It is performed by a choir, dancers, singers, electronic and acoustic instruments in a strongly visual space.
In Requiem, NewOpera CO for the first time collaborates with a choir. The choral music has taken inspiration from both liturgical and classical repertoire, but will also merge with electronic music and soundscapes that bring in another dimension. Along with the choir, three soloists, three dancers and a cellist are involved. The newly created choreography will be in the center of the scenic performance.
Requiem will be a secular mass for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the mystique of life.

Premiere 9 september kl 19 på Atalante. Atalante
Other performance dates: 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 september kl 19

Niklas Rydén, libretto, music
Tobias Karlehag, elektronic composition
Saga Björklund Jönsson, song, dramaturgy
Emma Augustsson, song, cello
Niklas Rydén, song, synt
Tanja Andersson, dance, choreography
Linda Wardal, dance, choreography
Sara Axelsson, dance, choreography
Amanda Nordmark, production, dramaturgy
Viktor Wendin, light design

Helena Fornegård
Peter Madsen
Jan Pettersson
Lisa Pääjärvi
Erika Olsson
Mylen Ifter
Lydia Sjöberg

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Speak out!

Speak out! Is NewOpera CO’s new production. Premieres on November 20, 2017.

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Speak out! lifts our times big questions:
What is democracy? How is money created? How do you know something is true? Is there reasons to be afraid? Why does inequality increase in the world? How do you mitigate hatred? Where are the hopes for the future?

Speak out! wants to lift some of the phenomena that have dominated recent years politics around the world, and made many wonder how safe our democracy really is. The project is a collaboration where Saga Björklund Jönsson is brand new in the ensemble. With background as a artist in the Musicals, she is active in Bataljonen, The Mainstream, and works as a composer and director in various contexts.

Speak out! will be played for adults and school pupils from high school and up. After the performance, there will be audience talki.

Saga Björklund Jönsson, song, action
Karin Wiberg, song, violin, action
Emma Augustsson, song, cello, action
Niklas Rydén, song, piano, action

Text and music by Niklas Rydén and the ensemble

Producer: Emelie Fröjdendahl

Speak out! premieres 20 November at 19 at Teater Cinnober. Length 60-90 min. Also played 21 and 22 November. Spring 2018 it is played at Atalante.

Film from rehearsals during the first laborations in Mars:

The Family

– a new-opera about parenthood, children and, the life. 


The Family, in swedish Familjen, is about adults, children, relationships, parenting, and much more related to life – a collage of short stories that highlight both the bright and dark sides, with a high recognition factor. Niklas Rydén, who has written the libretto and the music, wants with this opera to bring engagement and conversation around what it means to be a human being and to live in close family relationships.
The family is Niklas Rydén’s and NewOpera CO’s fifth opera. The libretto has evolved over two years, where Niklas Rydén gathered stories from real life through meetings with different people. This has resulted in a collage of more than fifty short scenes from the life of the family.
In the final work about half of these stories are presented in two acts. Each act is 1 hr 15 mins long. The swedish libretto is available here.

The Family is presented again at Atalante in the autumn 2017 with premiere October 26. It will be in a slightly revised version with some changes in the ensemble, new arrangements and some shortenings.

The Family was first played in september at the venue Atalante in Göteborg and premiered the 9 september 2016. In november NewOpera CO guested aliasTeatern in Stockholm with The Family.

Some documents, all in swedish:

Lyssna på P1 Kultur om Familjen       Swedish national radio P1
Britt Norbergs recension i alba.nu
Recension DN

Läs allt om hur Familjen skapades

Alla berättelser som inte kom med
Äldre text om hur Familjen kom tillFörsta skissen över innehålletTematisk översikt från förarbetet

Niklas Rydén, libretto and music
Eva Ingemarsson, director
Kim Johansson, projections, animations
Eric Rusch, song
Sofia My Fryklund, song, (not 2017)
Lisen Rylander Löve, song, sax, bass clarinet
Karin Wiberg, song, violin
Magnus Boqvist, song, percussion, electric guitar, (not 2017)
Emma Augustsson, song, violincello
Simon Halvarsson, marimba, (not 2016)
Niklas Rydén, song, piano
Viktor Wendin, light design
Karin Jatta, costume
Pär Bengtsson, sound, (not 2017)
Emelie Fröjdendahl, producer, (not 2016)

Familjen was 2016 produced by possibilitas.se

Familjen on Facebook

Här är links to film:


Six whole scenes                                  

Here are links to some films from the process:

Open musical rehearsal 6 mars  

Open rehearsal 6 mars, talking to audience

 Open musical rehearsal Kulturnatta 22 januari

Reading of libretto februari 2015

Familjen is supported by KUR, national, VGRegion, Göteborg town, The Drama association och The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Kabaret Kosmos













Cabaret Kosmos was created in 2014 in a collaboration between a colorful and diverse group of performing artists. Choreographer Jannine Rivel and NewOpera CO’s Niklas Ryden came to talk about Jannines grandfather, the famous clown Charlie Rivel, and decided to create an art cabaret, including a remixed clown number of Charlie Rivel.

The ensemble consists of Michele Collins, David Sperling Bolander, Jannine Rivel, Clara Gustavsson Karin Wiberg and Niklas Ryden, as well as musicians Magnus Boqvist Victor Olofsson and Georgia Wartel. In the set of Teater Aftonstjärnan in 2015, it was Johanna Ekholm on bass instead of Georgia.

Cabaret Kosmos came to have a space theme that inspired set design and atmosphere. Otherwise, we worked together in the ensemble to develop various actions, dances and the whole format. Niklas Ryden and David Sperling Bolander wrote the lyrics. Jannine Rivel choreographed and created with David a new clown concept. Michele worked out her actions with texts by Gertrude Stein. This is how we describe Cabaret Kosmos:

A group of people have left the earth. During their cosmic journey they look back and remember how it was in the earth, both what was good and what was bad.
With Michele Collins, performance art queen in Gothenburg, David Sperling Bolander, the exceptional scene-music artist, Niklas Ryden, creator of nyopera and Variety Atalante, Clara Gustavsson, the vocalist that is cut out of a thirty’s film, Jannine Rivel, choreographer with roots in both modern dance and circus, Karin Wiberg, violinist and stage artist who appears in many contexts.
Together with the orchestra, they take you to the space center of Kos-Tikk where it is always night and the cabaret run around the clock. It’s nasty lyrics, space music, beautiful vocal harmonies, remixed clown numbers of Charlie Rivel, Django Reinhardt, modern dance, strange noises, dogs on small carts, texts by Gertrude Stein, space debris and a string of unforgettable ballads.

Cabaret Kosmos has been played at Atalante in 2014 and at Teater Aftonstjärnan in 2015 and received support from the Västra Götaland Kulturnämnd twice. Cabaret Kosmos will continue playing 2016-17.


See film from Atalante (better sound)                               
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