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The Expedition (Expeditionen) (1999)
opera in two acts with a prologue, an intermezzo and an epilogue
for soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, orchestra and live electronics
3343 2sax 4332 acc hp pf synth bguit 5perc timp str(16.16.12.10.8) live electronics
libretto by the composer
Duration: 140'
publisher: MCN

The Expedition tells the true story of three Swedish scientists who wanted to map the Arctic region by air balloon in 1897, but who made a forced landing only three days after their departure, finding their graves on a desert island in the Arctic Ocean after some harsh months, their last camp (corpses, drift-wood, sledges torn apart by ice-bears, rolls of film, rusty supplies, diaries...) only being discovered by sheer accident in 1930.

(originally) commissioned by: the Holland Festival, The Netherlands,
and GöteborgsOperan, Gothenburg, Sweden
composed with financial support by: het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst

world première (concert performance):
June 11, 1999, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (Holland Festival), by Charlotte Riedijk, Göran Eliasson, Olle Persson,
Mats Persson, Netherlands Radio Filharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Eötvös

other major performances:
March 31 & April 2, 2001, Stockholms Konserthus, Stockholm ('Konserthuset 75 år'), same cast as above, Kungl. Filharmonikerna conducted by Alan Gilbert
October 14, 2001, Oslo Konserthus, Oslo (Ultimafestivalen), by Charlotte Riedijk, Göran Eliasson, Njål Sparbo, Mats Persson, Den Norske Operas Orkester + Kringkastingsorkestret conducted by Christian Eggen
April 18, 2009, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm ('Klas Torstensson vårens tonsättare'), original cast, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester conducted by Niklas Willén 

discography: Composers' Voice CV100 (live recording)
Charlotte Riedijk, Göran Eliasson, Olle Persson, Mats Persson, Netherlands Radio Filharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Eötvös

prizes/nominations: The Expedition was a nominee for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2006