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Guide to the Royal Swedish Opera

»Art has always been an echo of our time« Birgitta Svendén, ceo and Artistic Director at the Royal Swedish Opera

The Royal Opera is Sweden’s National Stage for Opera and Ballet and was founded in 1773 by King Gustav III. The Opera consists of the Royal Swedish Opera, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Swedish Orchestra and Royal Swedish Choir. The Opera also focuses on providing cultural experiences for a young audience. For 10 years Young at the Opera has been an essential part of the Royal Swedish Operas programming and creates opera and dance productions for children each season.

Each year the Royal Swedish Opera presents world class performances and gives both traditional classics and modern pieces. With one foot in tradition and the other in the future the Royal Swedish Opera has a faithful audience.


StockholmDie ZauberflöteNew production

© Användning i media
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Anna Skryleva; Ole Anders Tandberg; Royal Swedish Opera; Maria Geber; Joel Annmo; Hanna Husáhr

StockholmNoces/Agon/Rite of spring

© Joel Rhodin
George Balanchine; Michel Fokine; Royal Swedish Ballet; Stefan Solyom; Royal Swedish Orchestra; Royal Swedish Choir; Maria Matyazova

StockholmDer Ferne KlangNew production

© Carl Thorborg
Schreker: Der ferne Klang
Stefan Blunier; Christof Loy; Royal Swedish Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Barbara Drosihn; Agneta Eichenholz; Daniel Johansson

StockholmLa traviataNew production

© Morgan Norman
Verdi: La traviata
Domingo Hindoyan; Ellen Lamm; Royal Swedish Opera; Vincenzo Milletari; Magdalena Åberg; Ida Falk Winland

StockholmThe Nutcracker

© Användning i media / Markus Gårder
Tschaikowsky: Der Nussknacker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Royal Swedish Ballet; Anna Skryleva; Bo-Ruben Hedwall; Ann-Mari Anttila; Royal Swedish Orchestra
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A dark, brutal Don Giovanni in Stockholm

Jeremy Carpenter (Don Giovanni) and Vivianne Holmberg (Donna Anna) © Hedda Axelsson
The Royal Swedish Opera revives Tandberg’s 2014 production with a solid cast of Swedish singers.

Swedish première of Szymanowski’s King Roger in Stockholm

King Roger by the Royal Swedish Opera © Sören Vilks
Elin Rombo shines in a co-production of King Roger with the Royal Swedish Opera and Teatr Wielki, in Warsaw

Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan

The Royal Swedish Opera revives Garpe’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with a committed cast.


Carmen meets Tosca at the Royal Swedish Opera

Daniel Johansson (Don José) and Miriam Treichl (Carmen) © Markus Gårder
A semi-successful production with an interesting underlying idea and a solid cast brings Bizet’s masterpiece back to Stockholm.

A static Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Rigoletto) © Markus Gårder
The Kungliga Operan presents a stagnant production of Verdi’s masterpiece, with a competent cast comprised mostly of Swedish singers.