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Libretto PO Enquist /Eva Sommestad Holten

The visit of the Royal Physician
Based on the prizewinning novel by P.O.Enquist

Reception DVD:

“…The Visit of the Royal Physician is an opera that deserves a much wider audience. It would make a welcome addition to the world's great opera houses.”  - Arlo McKinnon, Opera News 2 September 2010

“……It is a great pleasure to experience a contemporary opera that marries drama and music so perfectly.  ...I hope that more opera companies will take on this powerful, moving, and yet accessible work...” - Niklas Smith, Music Web / Seen and Heard International

”...a new national opera” - Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende
" this can become a new longlasting national opera in line with the (few) greatest." - Georg Metz, Information

First performance; Royal Opera Copenhagen 2009, repremiered 2011.
Reumert prize 2010. Opera of the year.

Elisabeth Jansson_,The visit of the Royal Physician
Foto: Miklos Szabo


- DVD:  Dacapo Records 2010.
Link includes cast, trailer, synopsis, interviews, texts

Streaming DVD released by Royal Opera 2020 in memorial of PO Enquist:
Programme for download

Royal Opera trailer:
Johan Reuter as Struensee sings final aria: 

Eva Sommestad Holten (dramaturg/ librettist):
Bo Holten (composer)
Gert Henning Jensen (the King)   
Johan Reuter (Struensee)
Elisabeth Jansson (Queen Caroline Mathilde)


SYNOPSIS & Article on the music
- English 
- German /Deutsch

FACTS on the opera:
Grand opera including full orchestra, choir and soloists. 
2 acts, duration 2 h 25 minutes

Language: Sung in Danish. Non-singing translations available in English and Swedish.  

Full information
on score and libretto by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen.
Welcome to contact: librettist eva.holten[at]icloud.com, composer bo.holten[at]ficta.dk

PUBLISHER   Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Note  on crediting: Agreement 2016, concerning contract and crediting (librettist/ dramaturge) between ESH and Royal Theatre, Chp; Contributions by ESH to the libretto entails part in copyright - limitations apply to the contract/ production premiered at the Royal Theatre Cph 2009.