"Any man who says he will travel to the North Pole and back in a balloon is either a simpleton, a charlatan, or a Swede!"
Historical photos of The Andrée Expedition courtesy of Grenna Museum- Andrée Expedition Polarcenter
On August 4th, 5th, & 6th 2017, The Vermont Opera Project will present The Andrée Expedition by Dominick Argento starring Baritone Michael Chioldi at the Barre Opera House (August 4th) and the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor on August 5th & 6th.
A hundred years ago the conquering of the North and South Poles were two of the few remaining geographical objectives not yet reached by civilized Europeans. On July 11, 1897, Solomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel left on a doomed expedition to fly to the North Pole in a hot air balloon. Thirty three years later, their bodies as well as their journals, letters, and diaries were found and returned to Sweden. Most of the text for this song cycle is taken directly from those documents.