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
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

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.