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Eva Sommestad Holten trained as a stage designer at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and has designed sets, costumes and often lighting for some 40 productions; plays, operas, musicals and children’s theatre, primarily in Sweden. In addition she has worked with a wide range of artistic-analytical tasks—translations, project development and dramaturgy—including the libretto for Bo Holten’s opera Maria Paradis at the Funen Opera and the concert opera The Emperor’s New Clothes with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR. In 2001 she was awarded a grant of DKr 40.000 from the Danish Arts Council to develop her skills as a librettist. Eva Sommestad Holten has also created a series of crossdisciplinary projects for the vocal ensemble Musica Ficta, including “Lys over landet—Er det det vi vil?” for which she was awarded the J.P. Jacobsen Prize.

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