Composers and their stage works 

Olaf Liljekrans

Henrik Ibsen (1857)

Poetic play in three acts set in mediaeval Norway and based on the folktale The Grouse in Justedal.

Betrothed by compact to the vain and shallow Ingeborg of Guldvik, the knight Olaf Liljekrans falls deeply in love with the innocent Alfhild, an unworldly child of nature. His mother Lady Kirsten intrigues to effect the more profitable marriage, but Olaf, at first weakly acquiescing, eventually asserts his rights and claims Alfhild in marriage. Ingeborg ends by wedding her actual favourite, the ineffectual page Hemming.