Eva Sommestad Holten

Artist-in-Residence May 2014

Eva Sommestad Holten, (f. 1957) is a Swedish librettist and set designer, since 1990 living in Copenhagen
Her theatrical work spans set design, costumes, dramaturgy and often light design for drama, musical and opera - more than 50 productions.
Her work as librettist is highly indebted to this deep insight in performance practice, and her work list includes several large scale opera productions - Maria Paradis, The Emperor's New Clothes, Gesualdo · Shadows, and The Visit of The Royal Physician.
Her writing is characterized by the focus on flow and dramatic possibilities, fusing several levels of meaning. With a broad interest in history and society, she has also in several of her libretti shown her ability to make historical facts and outlooks fuse with and shed light on the drama itself.
She writes in Swedish, Danish as well as English.

At Circolo she will work on a libretto featuring Luther and the reformation, to be performed in Erfurt, Zürich and Denmark for the 2017 anniversary.


Educated from University College of Film, Radio, Television and Drama (Dramatiska Institutet), Stockholm. University studies include theatre history, aesthetics and art.