Bente Rolandsdotter has established herself as an internationally acclaimed costume designer, currently living in Stockholm, freelancing in the field of opera, dance and theatre.

Her style; a mixture of contemporary avant garde and historical fashion, offers a playfullness with both genres and proportions. Her set designs portraits both the mythological and emotional.

Rolandsdotter's previous productions include LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN at the Gothenburg Opera, IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA at Theater Basel and FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS at Theater St.Gallen - all in collaboration with stage director Krystian Lada.

In a multi-year work with choreographer Örjan Andersson, she created the costumes for GOLDBERG VARIATIONS -ternary patterns for insomnia and PRELUDE -skydiving from a dream - works which been shown at the Barbican in London, Kennedy Center Washington, Tramway Glasgow, Shanghai Concert Hall, Armel Opera Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and The Savannah Festival.

Her deep interest in newly written operas has led to premiers such as Missy Mazzolis BREAKING THE WAVES and ZEBRAN at the Vadstena-Academy as well as KLAUS NOMI and MIN BROR ÄR DON JUAN at the Royal Operan in Stockholm.

Rolandsdotters collaboration with Operabyrån to presenting forgotten baroque gems has resulted in the world premiers of three chamber operas; LOVISA ULRIKA , KURTISANEN & KÄRLEKEN and most recently INGJUTET I MITT HJÄRTA performed at the Specs on! Festival in Berlin.

Her costume designs have been on display at an exhibition at Capellagården, and her styling projects in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Opera have been presented in the exhibition EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL at Dansmuseet in Stockholm.

As co-founder and the artistic leader of Den Andra Operan (D.A.O) she also devotes her time to acknowledge female opera composers and vitalize the opera scene by producing their forgotten works from 1625-1900. So far presenting work by Walpurgis, Aboulkher, Viardot, von Bayreuth and Caccini

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