Synne Skouen's brand new opera takes listeners on a journey through an elderly woman's imagination. Ameli is a dying woman who, wishing to escape old age and a troubled relationship with her son, dreams of sailing to the North Pole with the legendary explorer Fridtjof Nansen on his ship, the FRAM.
Much of Oda Radoor’s libretto is lifted directly from Nansen’s diaries and memoirs. As the music unfolds, we are transported from Ameli's lonely room to the vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean, complete with the creaking planks of the ship’s deck. At its core, FRAM (Norwegian for ‘going forward’) is a deeply human work. It speaks to our desire for adventure and exploration, and to the power of dreams and imagination.