Höstsonaten - Autumn Sonata is a new Finnish opera based on the film script of Ingmar Bergman. The main theme in the Autumn Sonata is the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter. ”In the end the daughter gives birth to her mother” – that’s how Ingmar Bergman envisioned the cathartic final resolution between concert pianist Charlotte Andergast and her daughter Eva. "My dear Ingmar, it has after all gone down in history as one of your best, it’s a real classic! Anyone who’s ever been moved by Autumn Sonata will remember it forever – and there are so many of us!" writes the librettist Gunilla Hemming.
I was heavily influenced by the 1936 movie Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, as well as the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, La Dame aux Camélias.