"a Strong portrait of the charismatic reformer in Malmö's world premiere"
"This is a kulturartikel which is a part of Aftonbladet's opinionsjournalistik."
"the OPERA Schlagt sie tot! – Slay them! – is a brutal title for an opera about the religionsreformatorn Martin Luther, but the ”slay them!” was precisely what Luther thought that man would do with the rebellious peasants who inspired by him, turned against the authorities."
"The Danish composer Bo Holten has, together with his librettist Eva Sommestad Holten made an effort to provide as complex a picture as possible of this bipolar reformer. He is both happy musicus and dryckesbroder as depressive hateful and unforgiving dogmatiker. It is a strong portrait, and at the world premiere in Malmö was Luther with the charisma and distinctive voice of one of Germany's karaktärsbarytoner Dietrich Henschel."
"nnUrsprungligen was Schlagt sie tot! an order from the Luther city of Erfurt to the reformationsjubileumet 2017, but there was nothing of, and instead, the Malmö opera, director Michael Bojesen been able to download work for a Swedish premiere. Bo Holten was ten years ago, for a brilliant operaversion by P O Enquist Livläkarens visit of The Royal Danish in Copenhagen (not, strangely enough, played in Sweden), and as there is a lot of text-based opera."
"the Song is often quite recitativisk and the text easy to perceive, but the orchestra has a large and varied repertoire of effectively-formulated comments, and Holten has also cleverly woven into Luther's own psalmtoner in the score. Conductor, Patrik Ringborg know to make the music a maximum of expressive and clear."
"nnAtt singing in German and not in Danish or Swedish, of course, have to do with it from the beginning is a German order, but, of course, a Luther sing in German. In addition, in addition to the tiger I had been able to hire a couple of other brilliant German singer, Reinhard Hagen with a mighty bass as Lucas Cranach and the tenor Thomas Volle as Philip Melanchthon."
"the Plot is based on a series of episodes in Luther's life. It's probably so educational, but a historical person's life chronologically narrated is really a rather doubtful musical drama approach. It gets to be too much tableau and history lesson."
"as well As in the Livläkarens visit is Peter Oskarson for regi and Peter Holm for the design, and they have managed to counter it small woody concept. Oskarson creates movement on the stage, and he makes runs and extras to the maximum in an elegant, choreographed and well rehearsed, the rolling arrangement on the big stage. "
"It is life-giving and rejuvenating."
"production Design: Peter Holm"
"In the roles of: Dietrich Henschel, Thomas Volle, Jakob Högström, Reinhard Hagen, Bengt Krantz, etc."
"Conductor: Patrik Ringborg"
"running time: 3 h 10 min