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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Gothenburg

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Göteborgs Operan © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Göteborgs Operan
© David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Home to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, (the National Orchestra of Sweden) and a stunning Opera House on the water's edge, Gothenburg has a great deal to offer musically. And if you're interested in food, it also offers a surprising number of Michelin starred restaurants too.
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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is one Sweden's premier ensembles. Voted seventh in the World's Favourite Orchestra on Bachtrack, click to buy tickets to their events, read their reviews, find their On Demand Content and find out more about this fabulous orchestra.
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GothenburgRoyal Guest Performance

Mendelssohn, Schumann
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Alina Pogostkina

GothenburgVolvo's Family Concert

GothenburgThe Enigmatic Friends

GothenburgBoris Godunov

Boris Godunov
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Leo Hussain; Peter Konwitschny; Göteborg Opera; Timo Dentler; Clive Bayley; Joachim Bäckström

GothenburgIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Henrik Schaefer; David Radok; Göteborg Opera; Ivan Theimer; Ann-Kristin Jones; Ole Aleksander Bang

GothenburgBrahms and Brahms alone

Brahms
Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Thomas Zehetmair
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Rouvali brings Kullervo to Gothenburg

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Sibelius' Kalevala-inspired epic is given the full treatment by the Orphei Drängar choir and the Gothenburg Symphony in Santtu-Matias Rouvali's inaugural concert as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.
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Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg

Víkingur Ólafsson © Ari Magg
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's tour to the acoustically excellent Göteborgs konserthus in Sweden for a concert of Sibelius, Strauss and Thorvaldsdóttir was an obvious success, demonstrating an orchestral sound that deserves to be heard abroad more often. 
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Figaro returns to Gothenburg

Sofie Asplund (Susanna) and Markus Schwartz (Figaro) © Mats Bäcker | Göteborgs Operan
Gothenburg Opera's revival under the baton of Leo Hussain shone with a harmonious cast in a timeless staging.
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Notorious: world première in Gothenburg

Michael Weinius (Alex) and Katarina Karnéus (Madame Sebastian) © Mats Bäcker | Göteborgs Operan
When one of the most sought-after sopranos of our time slips into the role of her most famous countrywoman, the foundations for an eventful evening of opera have already been laid. The Swedish world première Notorious, after Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same title, shows in an all-round successful production that contemporary opera can have a promising future.
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Songs from the heart

Lisa Larsson © Merlijn Doomernik
Antonello Manacorda, the Gothenburg Symphony and Lisa Larsson show that the most beautiful route from Germany to America is the one via Sweden.
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Harlequin would be laughing at this La Cenerentola

Gaia Petrone (Angelina) © Mats Bäcker
Wonderful costumes, sublime comic timing, beautiful playing and world class singing.  A 5* production of La Cenerentola at the Gothneburg Opera.
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2014 - opera season preview

Telling Tales: The new season at Göteborg Opera

John Adams' A Flowering Tree © Chicago Theatre Opera | Liz Lauren
Fairy tales, folk tales and myths share the operatic billing in Göteborg next season. Read our interview with artistic director Stephen Langridge about the new season.
2014 - dance season preview

Fiction and Realities: New Season

Shadowland/Neverland © Göteborgs Operans Danskompani
Göteborgsoperans Danskompani takes on the theme of Wonderland: Weird and Wonderful for the 2014-15 season. Bachtrack interviewed artistic director, Adolphe Binder, to discuss the four dynamic world premières in the coming season.