‘Autumn Sonata’, an opera created by Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund based on a 1978 Swedish film of the same name, tells the story of a love-hate relationship between acclaimed pianist Charlotte and her daughter, Helena. To put the Ingmar Bergman movie on stage, Fagerlund made a conscious decision not to watch the film until the score was sent to the publisher, relying only on the screenplay in the creative process.

When your loved one hurts you: ‘Autumn Sonata’ goes from big screen to grand stage to tell of estranged mother-daughter relationship

  • Opera and film intertwine in a retelling of the Ingmar Bergman film that is set to premiere in Hong Kong this October
  • Symbolism plays an important role in bringing the story of an estranged mother-and-daughter relationship to life
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‘Autumn Sonata’, an opera created by Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund based on a 1978 Swedish film of the same name, tells the story of a love-hate relationship between acclaimed pianist Charlotte and her daughter, Helena. To put the Ingmar Bergman movie on stage, Fagerlund made a conscious decision not to watch the film until the score was sent to the publisher, relying only on the screenplay in the creative process.
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