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.

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StockholmManon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Marc Soustrot; Knut Hendriksen; Royal Swedish Opera; Lars Östbergh; Annsofi Nyberg; Asmik Grigorian; Sergey Polyakov

StockholmRomeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Mats Ek; Anders Högstedt; Royal Swedish Ballet; Eva Ollikainen; Magdalena Aberg

StockholmJenůfa

Janáček: Jenůfa
Jonathan Darlington; Annilese Miskimmon; Royal Swedish Opera; Nicky Shaw; Sara Olsson; Katarina Dalayman

StockholmSharon Eyal and provocateur Olivier Dubois

Lichtik
Olivier Dubois; Sharon Eyal; Royal Swedish Ballet

StockholmDraculaWorld première

Borisova-Ollas: Dracula
Karen Kamensek; Linus Fellbom; Royal Swedish Opera; Dan Potra; Elisabeth Meyer; Joel Annmo
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Asmik Grigorian returns to Stockholm as a moving Manon Lescaut

The Lithuanian soprano makes a most welcome return to the Kungliga Operan as one of the most tragic and beloved of Puccini's heroines. 
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Rex tremendae majestatis: Stravinsky at the Baltic Sea Festival

Peter Sellars's much-travelled staging of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex provided a powerful opening for the 15th Baltic Sea Festival under the festival's artistic director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
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Ragnarök: the long twilight of the Stockholm Ring

Ragnarök: the Swedish title for Götterdämmerung resonates with Old Norse folk memories of universal inundation and overthow of the order of the gods.
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Siegfried as Swedish Midsummer Vigil

A performance of Wagner's Siegfried stands or falls by its titular hero and Lars Cleveman is highly experienced. 
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An outstanding Swedish Sieglinde in Stockholm

Stemme as Brünnhilde delivered her opening battle cry in Victorian riding habit like one of Trollope's racier fox- hunting heroines.
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