Bidding opens for Wallander: The Opera

Bidding opens for Wallander: The Opera


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2015

The Swedish detective serial is being turned into an opera by the University of Tübingen Collegium Musicum.

The music is by the Swedish composer Fredrik Sexten.

Casting has not yet begun for the summer 2016 production, but there will be no shortage of international baritones who want to audition as a middle-aged man fighting loneliness, drink, bordeom and dumb colleagues. No acting required, really.

Any nominations?




  • Simon S. says:

    Go for the next antisemitism debate!

  • william osborne says:

    The opera will be performed by the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. This is a 66 member, full time orchestra in the city of Reutlingen which has a population of 110,000.

  • V.Lind says:

    I’m trying to picture an English serial detective character (of the current crop) who would warrant an opera. Dalgliesh? Inspector Banks? George Gently? It is hard to think of even one of these very successful characters having the sort of cultural identification that Wallander has had in Sweden and worldwide.

    If Wallander is very successful, what next: Lisbeth Salander?