For this week’s Free Audio Friday, Elizabeth is announcing another new LibriVox release: Henrik Ibsen’s drama John Gabriel Borkman, which you can download for free here. Elizabeth reads the role of Ella Rentheim in Ibsen’s family tragedy, his penultimate play, written in 1896. The Borkman family fortunes have been brought low by the imprisonment of John Gabriel, who used his position as a bank manager to illegally speculate with his investors’ money. The action of the play takes place eight years after Borkman’s release when John Gabriel Borkman, Mrs. Borkman, and her twin sister Ella Rentheim battle over the future of young Erhart Borkman. Elizabeth was thrilled to read Ella alongside LibriVox veterans Bruce Pirie as John Gabriel Borkman, and Arielle Lipshaw as Gunhild Borkman.
The image is a painting by Edvard Munch, part of a series inspired by John Gabriel Borkman. For more information on Munch’s work with Ibsen, go here.