THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA

SPRING 2022

BIRGITTA SVENDÉN

CEO

Our art is all about stirring emotions, we quite simply want to show you that there is something out there that will make your life richer! We hope our repertoire will offer new experiences to reflect on and that it will result in many stimulating conversations. Sharing these experiences together in the auditorium is special. If you are for some reason unable to get to the opera house, visit Operan Play where several of the spring performances can be enjoyed for free online.      

Welcome to the Royal Swedish Opera spring season!

Birgitta Svendén, CEO

Welcome to our 
SPRING PROGRAMME!

Our programme for the coming spring offers a selection of titles and expressions ranging from entertaining to poignant. As you click your way through the programme, I think you will find that there is something for everyone. There is a special focus on children and the young, and don’t forget, if you are under 26 tickets are half price.

»Our art is all about stirring emotions, we quite simply want to show you that there is something out there that will make your life richer!«

MICHAEL CAVANAGH

Artistic Director, opera

At last, a new year, my first with the Royal Swedish Opera! I can hardly wait for the new season to begin, with everything from a powerful, important new Swedish opera, The Promise, great favourites including The Marriage of Figaro, La fanciulla del West and Aida, to a sparkling new production of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi.

We present an outstanding ensemble of soloists as well as guest performers and our fantastic chorus. Our new, pre-eminent music director, Alan Gilbert, will be leading the Royal Swedish Orchestra. Our excellent artistic team and technical staff will yet again offer unforgettable experiences.

»We are delighted to be working in this historic opera house, share these magnificent works of art, these powerful stories and wonderful music. It energizes us and makes our lives richer!«

THE PROMISE

Mats Larsson Gothe’s OPERA about the invincible power of LOVE 

MUSIC Mats Larsson Gothe

LIBRETTO Susanne Marko

CONDUCTOR Alan Gilbert

DIRECTOR Stefan Larsson

SET DESIGN Sven Haraldsson

COSTUME Nina Sandström

LIGHT Torben Lendorph

FILM PHOTOGRAPHER Andrea Grettve

DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson

WORLD PREMIERE
JANUARY 27, 2022

January 29
February 1, 5, 15, 24
March 5

Premiere Talk JANUARY 24, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Sung in Swedish with Swedish surtitles.
Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes, including interval.

Live on Cinema January 27 at 7 p.m. via Folkets Hus och Parker and at OperaVision and Operan Play. 

 

THE PROMISE

OPERA WORLD PREMIERE 

The Promise (Löftet) is the story of Ava who becomes separated from her husband, Teo, in a concentration camp. Determined to be reunited with her husband after the war, she is prepared to search all over the ruins of a traumatised Europe. We accompany her on a journey that sways between dream and reality, hope and despair.

An opera about Ava and Teo and the invincible power of love. The work, which she has written together with composer Mats Larsson Gothe, was inspired by a real event in Susanne Marko’s family background. The Promise will be performed for the first time on 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

CAST

AVA Hanna Husáhr

ROSA Agnes Auer

TEO Karl-Magnus Fredriksson

GUSTAV Niklas Björling Rygert

MARIA Katarina Leoson

FRITZ Kristian Flor

JOSEF N N

DAVID Jesper Taube

ELISABETH Karolina Blixt

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH CHORUS

 SUOR ANGELICA/
GIANNI SCHICCHI

Surrender to PUCCINI'S beloved OPERAS

PREMIERE MARCH 19, 2022

March 21, 23, 26, April 5, 11, 13, 19, 25, May 5, 7, 9, 11, 20

 

Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes including interval.
Sung in Italian with Swedish surtitles.

SUOR ANGELICA/GIANNI SCHICCHI 

OPERA PREMIERE

Two powerful stories about people undergoing a crisis. We get to laugh as well as cry. The desire to love and inheritance disputes are both eternal problems, for better or worse. Two short gems in the Italian realist opera tradition with Puccini at the peak of his powers.
 
Wilhelm Carlsson has directed a string of acclaimed theatre and opera productions at, for example, the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Wermland Opera. This production is set in Italy in the 17th and 13th centuries but moves back and forth in time.

MUSIC Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO Giovacchino Forzano

CONDUCTOR Paolo Carignani

DIRECTOR Wilhelm Carlsson

DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson

STAGE DESIGN & COSTUMES Marcus Olson

LIGHT Markus Granqvist

SUOR ANGELICA

CAST

SUOR ANGELICA Camilla Tilling/Yana Kleyn

LA ZIA PRINCIPESSA Katarina Leoson

LA BADESSA Annica Nilsson

LA ZELATRICE Miriam Treichl

LA MAESTRA DELLE NOVIZIE Anna Norrby

GENOVIEFFA Hanna Husáhr

LA SUORA INFERMIERA Kristina Martling

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI

CAST

GIANNI SCHICCHI Jeremy Carpenter

LAURETTA Hanna Husáhr

ZITA Miriam Treichl

RINUCCIO Joel Annmo

GHERARDO Jihan Shin

NELLA Camilla Tilling/Yana Kleyn

BETTO DI SIGNA Kristian Flor

SIMONE John Erik Eleby

MARCO David Risberg

LA CIESCA Karolina Blixt

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH CHORUS

SHORT STORIES
III

A tailormade concept for new Swedish OPERA 

CONDUCTOR Mattias Böhm

DIRECTOR Helle Rossing & Martyna Kaiser

DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson

 

MIN TUR NU (MY TURN IS NOW)

MUSIC Maria Lithell Flyg

LIBRETTO Hanna Nygren

DIRECTOR Helle Rossing

 

TARO

MUSIC Torbjörn Helander

LIBRETTO Ola Eliasson

DIRECTOR Helle Rossing

 

NÄR KNOPPAR BRISTER (WHEN BUDS BURST)

MUSIC Jonas Valfridsson

LIBRETTO & DIRECTOR Martyna Kaiser

 

SINGERS FROM THE ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED

FIRST PERFORMANCE
MAY 29, 2022

May 31
June 2, 4, 8, 11

 

Running time approx. 1 hr 30 mins including interval

Premiere Talk May 29, 2022 at 2 p.m

 

Played at Rotundan

SHORT STORIES III

OPERA FIRST PERFORMANCE

What will the opera of tomorrow sound like? Three Swedish composers present three new short operas based on real events. 

After critically acclaimed successes in 2016 and 2020, the Royal Swedish Opera returns with Short Stories – a tailormade concept that promotes new Swedish opera by offering composers and librettists an opportunity to write for the opera stage.

DIE WALKÜRE

»A resounding YES. With several exclamation marks and smileys«
DN

MUSIC & LIBRETTO Richard Wagner

CONDUCTOR Alan Gilbert

DIRECTOR Staffan Valdemar Holm

SET DESIGN, COSTUME & MASK Bente Lykke Møller

LIGHT Torben Lendorph

DRAMATURGE Stefan Johansson

 

CAST

Siegmund Daniel Frank

Wotan Greer Grimsley

Hunding Lennart Forsén

Sieglinde Cornelia Beskow

Brünnhilde Iréne Theorin

Fricka Katarina Dalayman

Helmwige Angela Rotondo

Gerhilde Emma Vetter

Ortlinde Sara Olsson

Waltraute Niina Keitel

Siegrune Monika Mannerström Skog

Rossweise Susann Végh

Grimgerde Klementina Savnik

Schwertleite Kristina Martling

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

PLAYS
JANUARY 6 AND 15

 

The performance lasts about 4 hours 45 minutes, including interval.

Sung in German with Swedish surtitles.

 

DIE WALKÜRE

Opera

Staffan Valdemar Holm’s version of Die Walküre has been acclaimed for the way he has defined each character through his direction, especially the relationship between the father, Wotan, and his daughter, Brünnhilde. The strict, Nordic décor by Bente Lykke Møller is deeply rooted in the Royal Swedish Opera’s long Wagner tradition and invites the audience to a visual and existential synthesis of the arts to the accompaniment of the most divine music.

The wonderful music is performed by some of Sweden’s most acclaimed international opera singers. The dramatic soprano Irene Theorin sings Brünnhilde, Cornelia Beskow sings the role of Sieglinde and Katarina Dalayman appears as Fricka. All under the baton of the Opera’s new music director, Alan Gilbert.

NOZZE
DI FIGARO 

Mozart's OPERA explores the mechanisms of DESIRE

Opera

In Nozze di Figaro desire lurks behind every door, and the most curious misunderstandings bring everything to a head. Who will marry whom? Whose love is sincere and true …? 

A production that is both serious and comical. Ole Anders Tandberg has set the opera in a present-day hotel where he explores the intricate mechanisms of desire.

NOZZE DI FIGARO 

MUSIC Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LIBRETTO P. A. C. de Beaumarchais

CONDUCTOR Finnegan Downie Dear/Stefan Klingele

DIRECTOR & SET DESIGN Ole Anders Tandberg

DRAMATURGE Stefan Johansson

CHOREOGRAPHY Anna Koch

COSTUME & MASK Maria Geber

LIGHT Ellen Ruge

PLAYS FROM
FEBRUARY 4, 2022

February 7, 10, 12, 14, 17
March 4, 7, 10, 14, 22, 25, 29, 31

 

The performance lasts about 3 hours 15 minutes, including interval.
Sung in Italian with Swedish surtitles.

CAST

LA CONTESSA DI ALMAVIVA Christina Nilsson

SUSANNA Vivianne Holmberg

CHERUBINO Adrian Angelico/Johanna Rudström

IL CONTO DI ALMAVIVA Jens Persson

FIGARO Ola Eliasson

MARCELLINA Susann Végh

BARTOLO Lennart Forsén

BARBARINA Linda Evers

BASILIO, DON CURZIO Jonas Degerfeldt

ANTONIO N N

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA CHORUS

AIDA

»A masterly Aida.«
UPSALA NYA TIDNING

MUSIC Giuseppe Verdi

LIBRETTO Antonio Ghislanzoni

CONDUCTOR Sian Edwards

DIRECTOR Michael Cavanagh

DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson

SET DESIGN, COSTUME & MASK Magdalena Åberg

LIGHT Linus Fellbom

VIDEO Velourfilm

PLAYS FROM
APRIL 22, 2022

April 26, 29
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 21, 24, 27

 

The performance lasts about 3 hours, including interval.
Sung in Italian with Swedish surtitles.

AIDA

Opera

Can love conquer all? A society is crumbling against a background of war, power struggle and religious war. Aida is in the line of fire between two warring parties and is held prisoner by the enemy. Against all odds, she falls in love with Radamès.
 
Michael Cavanagh’s intense new interpretation of the classic opera Aida, featuring Christina Nilsson, focuses on the inner turmoil that torments the heroic, but vulnerable characters. The premiere in 2018 was a major success.

CAST

THE KING Lennart Forsén

AMNERIS Katarina Dalayman

AIDA Christina Nilsson

RADAMÈS Andrea Carè

RAMFIS Alessio Cacciamani

AMONASRO Johan Edholm

A MESSENGER Daniel Ohlmann/Wei Nan

THE HIGH PRIESTESS Emma Vetter

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH CHORUS

 

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

»A magnificent Italian success.«
DIE WELT

PLAYS FROM
JUNE 4, 2022

June 7, 10, 13, 16

The performance lasts about 3 hours 10 minutes, including interval.
Sung in Italian with Swedish surtitles.

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

Opera

Minnie serves whiskey and bible citations from behind the bar to a rough crowd in a gold mining camp in California. When Dick Johnson turns up, Minnie falls head over heels in love…  

Christof Loy has called his Wild West staging of La fanciulla del West a “modern classic about completely ordinary people in extraordinarily vulnerable situations”. Court singer Malin Byström, winner of the International Opera Award in 2018, is cast in the role of Minnie. Conductor is the Royal Swedish Opera Music Director Alan Gilbert.

MUSIC Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO Guelfo Civinini, Carlo Zangarini

CONDUCTOR Alan Gilbert

DIRECTOR Christof Loy

SET DESIGN & COSTUME Herbert Murauer

KCHOREOGRAPHY Thomas Wilhelm

LIGHT Bernd Purkraberk

DRAMATURGE Yvonne Gebauer

CAST

MINNIE Malin Byström

JACK RANCE Aleksey Bogdanov

DICK JOHNSON/RAMERREZ Aleksandrs Antoneko

NICK Göran Eliasson

ASHBY Lars Arvidson

SONORA Jens Persson

TRIN Jesper Taube

SID Ola Eliasson

BELLO David Risberg

HARRY N N

JOE Jonas Degerfeldt

HAPPY Markus Schwartz

LARKENS Ian Power

BILLY JACKRABBIT Alar Pintsaar

WOWKLE Susann Végh

JAKE WALLACE John Erik Eleby

JOSÉ CASTRO Peter Haeggström

POSTIGLIONE Jon Nilsson

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH CHORUS

NICOLAS
LE RICHE

Artistic Director,
Royal Swedish Ballet

»The Royal Swedish Ballet spring repertoire is vibrant, exhilarating and absolutely wonderful«

We begin the season by paying tribute to the Ballets Suédois with a new playful version of La boîte à Joujoux (The Toy Box) with costumes and sets designed by the artist Bea Szenfeld and choreography by Jean-Guillaume Bart. The second part of the evening is dedicated to Roland Petit’s intense, world-famous drama Carmen.

Alexander Ekman’s much anticipated, spectacular Escapist, with a score by Mikael Karlsson and costumes by Henrik Vibskov, fill up our senses before we round off the season with Tamara Rojo’s new version of Cinderella with costumes and sets by Christian Lacroix. 

We believe that our team of creative artists will offer you some wonderful moments during the course of the spring, as will music by Debussy, Bizet, Mikael Karlsson and Prokofiev.

LA BOÎTE À JOUJOUX/
CARMEN

The LEGACY
of Les Ballets Suédois

LA BOÎTE À JOUJOUX

CHOREOGRAPHY Jean-Guillaume Bart

MUSIC Claude Debussy

STAGE DESIGN & COSTUMES Bea Szenfeld

LIGHT François Menou

 

CARMEN

CHOREOGRAPHY Roland Petit

MUSIC Georges Bizet

STAGE DESIGN & COSTUMES Antoni Clavé

LIGHT Jean-Michel Désiré

 

CONDUCTOR Matthew Wood

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

 

PREMIERE
FEBRUARY 18, 2022

February 19, 23, 25, 26*
March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12
*Double performances

 

Premiere Talk FEBRUARY 18, 2022 at 6 p.m
Running time approx. 1 hr 45 mins including interval. 

LA BOÎTE À JOUJOUX/CARMEN

BALLET PREMIERE

LA BOÎTE À JOUJOUX
The choreographer Jean-Guillaume Bart and the artist Bea Szenfeld have, together with the Royal Swedish Ballet, created a new work inspired by the seminal ballet La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box).
The Royal Swedish Ballet revives the toys and invites you to a wonderful, playful world set to music by Claude Debussy. 

CARMEN
Classical ballet, modernism and Spanish rhythms come together in Roland Petit’s Carmen from 1949.  The famous score by Georges Bizet and costumes by Antoni Clavé contribute to an intense experience with Carmen at the centre. The work captures audiences all over the world to this day.

CINDERELLA

CONTEMPORARY Cinderella in CHOREOGRAPHY by Tamara Rojo

CHOREOGRAPHY Tamara Rojo

MUSIC Sergej Prokofjev

CONDUCTOR Gavin Sutherland

SET DESIGN & COSTUME Christian Lacroix

LIGHT & VIDEO Tobias Rylander

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

 

WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 25, 2022

May 26, 28, 30, 31
June 2, 3, 8, 9, 11*, 14
*Double performances

 

The performance lasts about 2 hours, including interval.
Premiere Talk May 25, 2022 at 6 p.m.

CINDERELLA

BALLET WORLD PREMIERE

Cinderella is washed up alone in a Stockholm port. She is immediately taken to an orphanage where she ends up at the bottom of the pecking order. When the dull jury of the big dance contest rejects Cinderella at her first audition because her style is too bold and explosive, she gets help from her friends. 

An entirely new production created especially for the Royal Swedish Ballet by Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet. The colourful costumes by fashion icon Christian Lacroix and famous music by Prokofiev make for a vibrant evening of dance for the whole family.

Suitable from the age of 7.

ESCAPIST

»Every moment is charged with something you have never seen, heard or thought before«
DI WEEKEND

CHOREOGRAPHY/STAGE DESIGN/LIGHT Alexander Ekman

MUSIC Mikael Karlsson

COSTUMES & MASK Henrik Vibskov

DRAMATURGE Carina Nildalen

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

SOLO CELLO Kati Raitinen and Erik Wahlgren

 

PLAYS FROM
APRIL 1, 2022

April 2, 6, 9*, 12, 14, 15, 18, 21, 23
*Double performances

 

The performance lasts about 1 hours and 30 minutes, no interval.

ESCAPIST

BALLET 

Daydreaming, escape from reality, the power of the imagination … are you an escapist? Following acclaimed productions of Midsommarnattsdröm at the Royal Swedish Opera, Play at the Opéra National de Paris and A Swan Lake in Oslo, Alexander Ekman created Escapist, which premiered at the Royal Opera in 2019. 

One of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographers, he has created ballets that invariably surprises and delights. Over and over. Escapist was sold out, received standing ovations and was both critically acclaimed and loved by the audience.

Nureyev’s
SWAN LAKE
for the first time
in Sweden

SWAN LAKE

music Pjotr Tjajkovskij

CHOREOGRAPHY Rudolf Nurejev

STAGING Charles Jude

SET DESIGN Ezio Frigerio

COSTUMES Franca Squarciapino

LIGHT DESIGN Vinicio Cheli

 

CONDUCTOR Philippe Béran & Andreas Eriksson Hjort

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

 

PLAYS FROM
JANUARY 4, 2022

January 7, 11, 17, 18, 19

 

Approx. 2 hours and 55 minutes, including interval.

SWAN LAKE

BALLET 

When Swan Lake – the ballet of all ballets – was first performed in 1877 it was more or less a fiasco. It was not until after Tchaikovsky’s death, and with a new choreography, that what we now know as the classic version was born in 1895. 

Following Rudolf Nureyev’s earlier versions of Swan Lake, his production at L’Opéra de Paris in 1984 is considered the definitive, final version. Until now, it has never been performed in Sweden. Swan Lake is one of the most frequently performed ballets in the world, it has been staged 830 times at the Royal Swedish Opera.

THE SNOW QUEEN

An H.C. Andersen adventure for the whole FAMILY

music Benjamin Staern

LIBRETTO Anelia Kadieva Jonsson

CONDUCTOR Cathrine Winnes

DIRECTOR Elisabeth Linton

SET DESIGN Rikke Juellund

CHOREOGRAPHY Sara Ekman

COSTUME Astrid Lynge Ottosen

LIGHT Ulrik Gad

 

CAST

THE SNOW QUEEN Susanna Stern

Gerda Frida Johansson

Kaj Wiktor Sundqvist

GRANDMOTHER/ THE FLOWER WOMAN / THE OLD ROBBER WOMAN Ivonne Fuchs

THE CROW David Risberg

THE REINDEER BAE Lennart Forsén

THE PRINCESS/ A ROBBER Jessica Elevant

THE PRINCE/ A ROBBER Mattias Gunnari

THE LITTLE ROBBER GIRL Alice Störholt

A GUARD/ A ROBBER Mikael Horned & Amanda Liljefors

 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

Children from the Adolf Fredrik Music School

PLAYS FROM
JANUARY 5*, 2022

January 8*, 12, 14, 21, 22*, 25, 28
*Double performances

 

The performance lasts about 1 hour and 10 minutes, no interval.
Sung in Swedish with Swedish surtitles.

 

Live at Cinema January 8 at 15 p.m. via Folkets Hus och Parker.

THE SNOW QUEEN

FAMILY OPERA

Gerda has no parents, but she has a friend called Kaj who is kidnapped by the cunning, cold Snow Queen. Will she find him before his heart has turned to ice? During her big adventure Gerda encounters many fascinating figures…

The Snow Queen is a new work by the Swedish composer Benjamin Staern. It is a heart-warming opera based on a short story by H. C. Andersen that is full of drama, humour and love. Following the premiere at Malmö Opera in 2016, a critic wrote: »A gorgeous adventure for all ages. And the moral of the story: never stop believing in the victory of the heart; yes please, let it snow over us this and every other Christmas.«

A collaboration with Malmö Opera.

A family production suitable for children from the age of 5.

ELLEN
LAMM

Artistic Director,
Young at the Opera

»A playful and magical spring awaits at Young at the Opera, both at the opera house and online«

We are delighted to welcome you to Young at the Opera’s spring season, a season filled with curiosity and wonder about our world – the Opera House – and the world around us! The celebrated choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander continues to explore musical drama in At the Heart of it All, this time in a production created for a specific target group: children with special needs. It is a playful, beautiful, tactile experience! 

We continue with The Magic House on Operan Play, our popular series for children between six and ten. Follow us behind the scenes to find out more amazing things about our magical house! During spring, we will also host our popular Saturdays for Children (Barnlördagar) with anything from ballet workshops to guided tours with musical surprises. Join us on a voyage of discovery!

AT THE HEART OF IT ALL

A new work from the artist behind the success A MYRIAD WORLDS

IDEA, CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Dalija Acin Thelander

MUSIC Anja Ðordevic

STAGE DESIGN & LIGHT Markus Granqvist

COSTUMES Lena Lindgren

 

CAST

Carl Ackerfeldt, Noah Hellwig, Andrea Svensson, Jilda Hallin

 

RECORDED MUSIC FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

CONDUCTOR Per-Otto Johansson

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE
MAY 7, 2022

Unga Klara/Akvariet.

 

A collaboration between the Royal Swedish Opera and Unga Klara.
Aimed primarily at children with cognitive disabilities, 6 months - 4 years of age.

 

ILLUSTRATION/ANIMATION Ishtar Bäcklund Dakhil/Söderberg Agentur

AT THE HEART OF IT ALL

YOUNG AT THE OPERA /
FIRST PERFORMANCE

At The Heart Of It All (Hjärtat inuti) is primarily created for children with functional variations. It is set in a fascinating, constantly changing world – an imaginary journey in eight scenes that celebrate playfulness and imagination. Together with three dancers and one singer, the audience is immersed in a flux of spirited interplay of movement, songs and whispers within fantastical stage and costumes inspired by the microscopic world. 

Dalija Acin Thelander is back with a work that offers an unexpected view of the world. In 2017 she created
A Myriad Worlds, based on choreography, sound and space - a work for babies and their accompanying adults.

Tickets and dates to be released shortly.

DISCOVER YOUNG AT THE OPERA

One of Operan’s most important tasks is to create productions for children and the young on important themes as well as offer opportunities for young people to discover and participate in the arts. This is where Young at the Opera – one of Operan’s three main areas – comes in. We have been working with arts for the young for over ten years.

ACTIVITIES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Never again a boring school holiday. Keep track of our activities and bring your children along to a concert or guided tour of the opera house during the autumn, sports and Easter holidays!
More on operan.se

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

On Saturdays we offer family activities. Do you feel like listening to a concert, trying on amazing theatre costumes or joining a guided tour around the opera house? Maybe even try ballet! Suitable for children from the age of 5 and their families. Why not end your visit with lunch at Restaurant di Sotto?

Read more at operan.se/unga/

SKAPANDE SKOLA

Young at the Opera offer complete programmes as well as tailor-made solutions for your school through the Arts Council initiative Skapande skola. Interested in starting a project with us? Contact unga@operan.se !

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

We offer discounted day-time school performances twice a year.

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI

We welcome students and teachers to our school performance of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Gianni Schicchi is a one-act opera with a libretto inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.
30 March at 12 noon.
Discounted price for schools: 120 SEK/ticket.

THE MAGIC HOUSE

The Magic House is an online series of Operan Play episodes for children, young people and anyone else interested in what we do here at the Opera House.

Join us on a 1.5-hour tour through the opera house and learn about its history! Listen to individual accounts that cannot be found in any guidebook. Suitable for all ages.

Dates to be announced shortly!

GUIDED TOURS

No log-in.
    No fees.

– selected performances

OPERAN PLAY

If you cannot make it to the Opera House, premieres and selected performances will be broadcast on Operan Play.

Some 20 singers make up the Royal Swedish Opera soloist ensemble. Swedish and international artists also take part in Operan’s productions; some of the world’s finest opera singers will appear on the main stage in spring, including Malin Byström, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Asmik Grigorian, Iréne Theorin, Katarina Dalayman and Greer Grimsley.

THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA SOLOISTS

THE ROYAL OPERA CHORUS

»Hearing the Opera Chorus perform is breathtaking« EXPRESSEN

A CHORUS THAT IS
ALWAYS ON THE MOVE

Bears, vampires or three-legged grisettes … the Royal Swedish Opera Chorus master their art at the highest level while acting and dancing on stage. The Royal Swedish Opera Chorus appeared at the very first premiere in 1773. It has been a vital part of our institution ever since.

The Royal Swedish Ballet, Sweden’s largest ballet company, is among the oldest ballet companies in the world. It was founded in 1773 by King Gustav III.
Our mission is to curate and develop a well-balanced repertoire of classical and contemporary works.

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

YOUR VISIT

Welcome to the Royal Swedish Opera!

ALAN
GILBERT

Music Director

Alan Gilbert’s first opera performance on the main stage was the revival of Wagner’s Die Walküre during autumn 2021. In spring 2020, he conducted a string of concerts in the Golden Foyer for Operan Play, one of which featured Nina Stemme for the European opera channel Operavision.

Alan Gilbert enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of today’s most respected and versatile conductors of both symphonic music and opera. The winner of several International Grammy Awards, he is renowned for his solid musicianship, ambitious programming and diverse interests beyond the core repertoire.

»Alan is not only our new music director, he is a member of the family« says Birgitta Svendén

We are proud to be joined by a visionary conductor of this calibre, someone who will inspire the whole organization musically and will be at the heart of everything we do. His leadership will no doubt enable us to take our company to the next level in terms of artistic breadth and excellence. With his long connection to the city and our company, Alan will not only be our new Music Director, he will be a member of the ‘family’,” says Operan’s CEO, Birgitta Svendén. 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

Itinerant “pipers and trumpeters” were the original founders of the Royal Swedish Orchestra. Almost 500 years later, it is not only one of the oldest orchestras in the world, it is also Sweden’s largest with 105 members. From having been a court institution during King Gustav Vasa, it is now, since the foundation of the Royal Swedish Opera in 1773, the heart of our institution by bringing together all our art forms.

You normally see the orchestra in the pit between the main stage and the stalls. Apart from performing at lunch concerts, members of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Chorus may appear where you least expect it. Our new Music Director, the international conductor Alan Gilbert, leads the Royal Swedish Orchestra.

CONCERTS

CHAMBER CONCERT

John Adams Chamber Symphony

Gustav Mahler/ALFRED SCHNITTKE Piano Quartet

Arnold Schönberg Chamber Symphony nr 1,
E-major

Kaija Saariaho Solar

 

MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

CONDUCTOR Taavi Oramo

 

February 11 at the Golden Foyer

CHAMBER CONCERT

IGOR STRAVINSKY Octet

Tōru takemitsu Waterways

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVITCH Symphony nr 15

 

MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA


March 11 at the Golden Foyer

RACHMANINOFF AT THE OPERA

SERGEJ RACHMANINOFF Piano Concert nr 1

Claude Debussy La mer

Maurice Ravel La Valse

 

SOLOIST Inese Klotina

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

CONDUCTOR Lan Shui

 

April 8 at the Royal Swedish Opera

WAGNER FROM APOCALYPSE NOW TO BIOSHOCK

Greatest hits with the Royal Swedish Orchestra

The Royal Swedish Orchestra celebrates Wagner – one of classical music’s most important influencers. Wagner is the uncrowned king of opera repertoires, and the Royal Swedish Orchestra is a proper Wagner orchestra; Wagner is one of their favourite composers. But audiences do not only encounter Wagner through his operas. 

We would like to welcome all gamers, film geeks and Wagnerians to a greatest hits concert. Just as film is best enjoyed at the cinema, Wagner is undoubtedly at his best when performed by the full force of the Royal Swedish Orchestra until the opera house shakes at its foundations.

CONCERT

April 27, 28

 

The performance lasts about 2 hours, including interval

 

CONDUCTOR Constantin Trinks

SOLOISTS Iréne Theorin etc.
 

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

WAGNER FROM APOCALYPSE NOW TO BIOSHOCK

LUNCH CONCERTS

Our popular lunch concerts are held several days a week in the beautiful Gold Foyer with artists from Royal Swedish Opera ensembles. They begin with lunch at 11.45 and end at 13.00.

CULTURE NIGHT

Enjoy performances by singers, musicians and dancers; watch a production, live or on screen. Why not take a guided tour through the opera house and learn about its amazing history, or just relax in one of the bars or the Di Sotto restaurant.

April 23, 2022

OPERAN

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Open talks, introductions, premier talks, presentations of the evening’s performance, recurring collaborations with the Royal Swedish Dramatic Theatre and unique encounters with choreographers, singers, composers and directors. Enhance your opera experience!

OPERAN AT HAGA

Celebrating 6 June at Haga is a time-honoured tradition and a collaboration between the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Court and Solna Municipality.

More information will come this spring.

Celebrate NATIONAL DAY with us

COSTUME
SALE

Shop for great bargains produced by
Operan’s skilled tailors!

 
The Royal Swedish Opera workshops are putting thousands of costumes up for sale. Browse among designer costumes made with great skill and attention to detail. The Royal Swedish Opera Costume Department is unique in being one of only a few opera costume studios in the world that are still in operation. The sale is important to us as it ensures the continued use of these artisanal costumes.

Date to be announced shortly!

FLEX
PACKAGE

With a FLEX package you are entitled to a 25 % discount when you book all your tickets together. Choose from a wide selection of performance dates and become eligible for pre-booking of coming productions. Included is a raft of benefits such as discounts at our restaurant, di Sotto. Take out a FLEX subscription and book your tickets for amazing opera, ballet and live music events this spring! 

COMPOSE your own personal season ticket!

STUDENT OR UNDER 26?

Book a seat ANYWHERE
at HALF price. ANYTIME.

THE ARCHIVE

Who performed on stage the first time you visited Operan? What did opera posters look like at the end of the 19th century? The Royal Swedish Opera Archive can provide the answers to these questions and much more. Our archive holds many well-preserved treasures as the opera house, one of the oldest in the world, has never been threatened by fire or disaster.

TAKE A PLUNGE into a HISTORIC treasure trove

NEWSLETTER

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR DONORS FOR YOUR VALUED COMMITMENT!

Alf & Bibbi Sollevi
Anders Holmlund
André Andersson
Barbro Saléns stiftelse
Bjoern Rhodiner & Göran Åholm
Bruno & Ulla Trönnberg
Carl & Margareta Adlercreutz
Carl-Johan Bonnier
Familjen Anders Börjesson
Fanny Sachs & Marcus Wallenberg
Gaby Borglund
Johan & Milena Veertee
Jörgen & Lena Österberg
Karl Otto & Ingemo Bonnier

Kerstin & Melker Schörling
Lars Lundqvist
Lennart & Kitty Ericsson
Magnus Sundström
Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg
Mats & Eva Qviberg
Paul & Monica Lederhausen
Stefan & Kristin Hellberg
Thomas & Annette Ericson
Torbjörn Gunnarsson
Tore Erkén

In memory of Gunnar & Märta Unger
In memory of Jan Ohlin

And anonymous benefactors.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOUNDATIONS THAT SUPPORT US THROUGH DONATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT!

Anders Walls foundation
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
Barbro Saléns foundation
Signatur

RESTAURANG DI SOTTO

Dine in a historical, yet intimate, theatre setting, perhaps at the table where Birgit Nilsson or Jussi Björling dined once. The menu is a combination of the best of two worlds: contemporary Italian cuisine and Swedish produce. We prepare the food we love to eat. We hope you enjoy it! Or order a cocktail or glass of wine at the cosy bar.

OPERA

BALLET

YOUNG AT THE OPERA

THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA’S SEASON PROGRAMS ARE WINNERS OF THE SWEDISH DESIGN AWARD AND PUBLISHING AWARD AS WELL AS CLIO CREATIVITY AWARDS.


PUBLISHER Birgitta Svendén

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Catarina Falkenhav

PROJECT MANAGER Annica Sand

GRAPHIC DESIGN Magnus Israelsson

TEXT & MUSIC EDITOR Torbjörn Eriksson

PICTURE EDITORS Frida Drake, Anna Arkbrant

PHOTOGRAPHERS Markus Gårder, Klara G, Henrik Halvarsson, Karolina Henke, Peter Khazizov, Tobias Regell, Carl Thorborg

STYLISTS Jeanette Stener, Behnaz Aram, Bea Szenfeld, Elise Björk

COSTUME ASSISTANT Camilla Rådén

KCOSTUME TECHNICIAN Stina Stenmo

MAKE UP & HAIR Petra Stenhammar, Pari Damani, Catherine Dichy, Daniela Krestelica, Therese Svenbo, Sandra Wannerstedt, Mika Hedström, Martin Sundqvist

LAUNCH PICTURES AND FILMS

FILM Arthur Ljunggren

FILM PRODUCTION International Pictures

PHOTOGRAPHER Markus Gårder

STYLIST Jeanette Stener

MAKEUP & HAIR Petra Stenhammar

COSTUME ASSISTANT Camilla Rådén

COSTUME TECHNICIAN Johan Björk

PROPS Rebecca Villareal, Tomas Gustavsson, Stephanie Sjödin

STAGE TECHNICIAN Martin Hamberg

MUSIC From Aida, Candide, Carmen, Escapist, Swan Lake and Die Walküre

JEWELERYMärta Mattsson, Svenskt Tenn, Sägen

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, Joel Annmo, Mathias Therwander Stintzing, Iréne Theorin, Isabelle Maia, Camilla Tilling, Jeremy Carpenter, Kentaro Mitsumori, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Royal Opera Chorus.

 

DANCERS Adi Abudureheman, Camille Chanial, Elisa Fossati, Frida Hambraeus, Abby Morgan, Kisa Nakashima, Minji Nam, Nathalie Nordquist, Natalie Ogonek, Alaia Rogers-Maman, Nadja Sellrup, Desislava Stoeva, Lisa Van Cauwenbergh, Stephanie Watkinson, Elena Zagrebina. Dance instructor Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir
 

SINGERS Marie-Louise Granström, Henriikka Gröndahl, Lina Hägerström Kindblad, Wei Nan, Alar Pintsaar, Jacob Wistrand, Kristina Wennberg

 

MUSICIANS Ayman Al Fakir, horn, Emma Van Den Ecker, horn, Rikard Ekenblom, trombone, Urban Eriksson, trumpet, Ji Hyun Lee, violin, Mattias Larsson, clarinet, Ylva Larsson, violin, Katarina Lindgren, double bass, Ylva Lundén-Welden, viola, Ludvig Nilsson, percussion, Jakub Nowak, violin, Guro Pettersen, flute, Jakob Ruthberg, viola, Indra Strautmanis, flute, Joakim Wangendahl, trumpet, Birgitta Winland, bassoon
 

YOUNG AT THE OPERA Alise, Lisa-Maria, Märtha, Sigge, Samuel and Simon

 

THANKY YOU Sven Almqvist, Anna Arkbrant, Rani Banth, Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir, Andrea Hyttnäs, David Israelsson, Michael Glas, Stefan Karlberg, Björn Kiltorp, Magnus Lind, Ralle Perrera, Ann ”Banjo” Snell, Helle Solberg, Viki Todorovic, Isabella Wennberg, Jasmine Wigartz. Special thanks to Magdalena Åberg for borrowing the costume, mask and decor from the Masquerade Ball, for which Magdalena Åberg was the set designer and costume designer. Special thanks to Henrik Vibskov (costume) and Mikael Karlsson (music) for borrowing music and costume from Escapist. Thanks to Hattbaren.

 

All musical excerpts are recorded by the Royal Swedish Orchestra and also some with the Royal Opera Chorus, except for the sound example from The Promise/Löftet (Mats Larsson Gothe), Short Stories III (Jonas Valfridsson, John Bauer-suite 1918, Jönköpings Sinfonietta, conductor Christian von Gehren), The Snow Queen/Snödrottningen (Benjamin Staern, Malmö Opera Orchestra, conductor Cathrine Winnes) and Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro with Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado).

 

The Royal Swedish Opera reserves the right to make changes to the seasonal program.

KUNGLIGA OPERANS SÄSONGSPROGRAM ÄR VINNARE AV SVENSKA DESIGNPRISET OCH PUBLISHINGPRISET SAMT CREATIVITY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS SAMT CLIO AWARDS.


ANSVARIG UTGIVARE Birgitta Svendén

KOMMUNIKATIONSCHEF & IDÉANSVARIG Catarina Falkenhav

PROJEKTLEDARE Annica Sand

FORMGIVNING Magnus Israelsson

TEXT & MUSIKREDAKTÖR Torbjörn Eriksson

BILDREDAKTÖR Frida Drake, Anna Arkbrant

FOTO Markus Gårder, Klara G, Henrik Halvarsson, Karolina Henke, Peter Khazizov, Tobias Regell, Carl Thorborg

STYLING Jeanette Stener, Behnaz Aram, Bea Szenfeld, Elise Björk

KOSTYMASSISTENT Camilla Rådén

KOSTYMTEKNIK Stina Stenmo

MAKE UP & HÅR Petra Stenhammar, Pari Damani, Catherine Dichy, Daniela Krestelica, Therese Svenbo, Sandra Wannerstedt, Mika Hedström

 

LANSERINGSBILDER OCH FILMER

FILM Arthur Ljunggren

Filmproduktion International Pictures

FOTO Markus Gårder

STYLING Jeanette Stener

MAKEUP & HÅR Petra Stenhammar

KOSTYMASSISTENT Camilla Rådén

KOSTYMTEKNIK Johan Björk

REKVISITA Rebecca Villareal, Tomas Gustavsson, Stephanie Sjödin

SCENTEKNIK Martin Hamberg

MUSIK Ur Svansjön, Valkyrian och la Traviata

SMYCKEN Märta Mattsson, Svenskt Tenn, Sägen

TACK TILL ALLA MEDVERKANDE ARTISTER

Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, Joel Annmo, Mathias Therwander Stintzing, Iréne Theorin, Isabelle Maia, Camilla Tilling, Jeremy Carpenter, Kentaro Mitsumori, Kungliga Hovkapellet, Kungliga Operans Kör

 

DANSARE Adi Abudureheman, Camille Chanial, Elisa Fossati, Frida Hambraeus, Abby Morgan, Kisa Nakashima, Minji Nam, Nathalie Nordquist, Natalie Ogonek, Alaia Rogers-Maman, Nadja Sellrup, Desislava Stoeva, Lisa Van Cauwenbergh, Stephanie Watkinson, Elena Zagrebina. Dansinstruktör Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir
 

SÅNGARE Marie-Louise Granström, Henriikka Gröndahl, Lina Hägerström Kindblad, Wei Nan, Alar Pintsaar, Jacob Wistrand, Kristina Wennberg
 

MUSIKER Ayman Al Fakir, horn, Emma Van Den Ecker, horn, Rikard Ekenblom, trombon, Urban Eriksson, trumpet, Jiji Hyun Lee, violin, Mattias Larsson, klarinett, Ylva Larsson, violin, Katarina Lindgren, kontrabas, Ylva Lundén-Welden, viola, Ludvig Nilsson, slagverk, Jakub Nowak, violin, Guro Pettersen, flöjt, Jakob Ruthberg, viola, Indra Strautmanis, flöjt, Joakim Wangendahl, trumpet, Birgitta Winland, fagott
 

UNGA PÅ OPERAN Alise, Lisa-Maria, Märtha, Sigge, Samuel och Simon

 

TACK TILL Sven Almqvist, Anna Arkbrant, Rani Banth, Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir, Andrea Hyttnäs, David Israelsson, Michael Glas, Stefan Karlberg, Björn Kiltorp, Magnus Lind, Ralle Perrera, Ann ”Banjo” Snell, Helle Solberg, Viki Todorovic, Isabella Wennberg, Jasmine Wigartz. Stort tack till Magdalena Åberg för lån av kostym, mask och dekor från Maskeradbalen som Magdalena Åberg var scenograf och kostymdesigner till. Speciellt tack till Henrik Vibskov (kostym) och Mikael Karlsson (musik) för lån av musik och kostym ur Eskapist. Tack till Hattbaren.

 

Kungliga Operan reserverar sig för ändringar i säsongsprogrammet.

Alla musikutdrag är inspelade av Kungliga Hovkapellet och vissa med Kungliga Operans kör, förutom ljudexemplet ur Löftet (Mats Larsson Gothe), Short Stories III (Jonas Valfridsson, Overture for orchestra ur John Bauer), Snödrottningen (Benjamin Staern, Malmö Operaorkester) och Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro med Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dirigent Claudio Abbado).