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Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera

Purgatorio I–IX

Theatre Opera
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​Playful chamber opera about the waiting souls of purgatory.

Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is a new version of Dante's classic Purgatory from The Divine Comedy. The strict verse form from the original Italian version has been transferred to the music's rythm, and the text has been rewritten into anti-academic "street language" English.

From a stripped-down stage, four singers / actors and three string players present the first nine cantos of Purgatory: Antepurgatorio. Here, in transit between hell and paradise, Dante meets the souls who are waiting to atone for their sins. Human emotions such as imperfection, justice, confusion, and tolerance are explored in a smart, refreshing, and humorous way.

The chamber opera Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera is created by Spreafico Eckly, the Bergen-based production company of writer and theatre director Andrea Spreafico, and composer and artist Matteo Fargion.

'Who would have thought that purgatory could be low-key, funny and beautiful?' – NORSK SHAKESPEARETIDSSKRIFT

Photo: Arne Hauge



Video: Bad Dante Bad English Bad Opera / Trailer



​1 h 30 min

Time Schedule


Standard: 275
Senior: 247
Under 30/student: 190 
FiB Fordel until 13 April: 192
FiB Fordel from 14 April: 220
BT Fordel: 206


    • ​By Spreafico Eckly & Matteo Fargion
    • Matteo Fargion music
    • Andrea Sprefico text, direction
    • Spreafico Eckly, Art & About producers
    • Timothy Bartlett, Miranda Mac Letten choreography Canto V
    • Mirthe Bogaert, Karen Eide Børen choreography Canto VI
    • Randiane Sandboe light design
    • Miranda Mac Letten costumes
    • Björn Guo, Stefan Penjin, Live Sunniva Smid musicians
    • Francesca Fargion, Matteo Fargion, Robert M. Johanson, Martha Macbean cast

Co-production with

BIT Teatergarasjen, Rosendal Teater, Carte Blanche and Bergen International Festival


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