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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.

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Puccini: Tosca
Knut Hendriksen; Royal Swedish Opera; Björn Brusewitz; Ann-Mari Anttila; Emma Vetter; Kristian Flor

StockholmArtifact Suite

Artifact Suite
Various, Lanz
William Forsythe; David Dawson; Royal Swedish Ballet


Katarina Dalayman (Amneris) and Christina Nilsson (Aida) © Markus Gårder
Verdi: Aida
Pier Giorgio Morandi; Michael Cavanagh; Royal Swedish Opera; Magdalena Åberg; Katarina Dalayman; Johan Edholm; Christina Nilsson


Malin Byström (Fedora) © Markus Gårder
Giordano: Fedora
Eugene Tzigane; Christof Loy; Royal Swedish Opera; Herbert Murauer; Malin Byström; Daniel Johansson

StockholmThe Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)

The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Ole Anders Tandberg; Royal Swedish Opera; Erlend Birkeland; Maria Geber; Elin Rombo; Jeremy Carpenter
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Byström’s thrilling performance as Fedora

Malin Byström (Fedora) © Markus Gårder
After her triumph at the Royal Opera House in London as Salome, Byström comes home to Sweden to great acclaim in Giordano’s opera.
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Great Aida debut for Christina Nilsson

Katarina Dalayman (Amneris) and Christina Nilsson (Aida) © Markus Gårder
The remarkable performance of young soprano Christina Nilsson does not completely rescue a mixed-bag cast and a lack of Personenregie at the Stockholm Royal Opera.
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Iréne Theorin triumphs as Elektra in Stockholm

Iréne Theorin (Elektra) and Cornelia Beskow (Chrysothemis) © Sara Strandlund
A quasi-concertante setting highlights Theorin's masterful performance as Elektra, Cornelia Beskow's fragile, human Chrysothemis and Katarina Dalayman's haunting Klytaemnestra.
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A British Cinderella in Stockholm

Johanna Rudström (Angelina) and Ole Aleksander Bang (Don Ramiro) © Sören Vilks
Lindy Hume's Victorian production brings to life Cinderella's story through the capable hands of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
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Vampires take centre-stage at Royal Swedish Opera

Ola Eliasson (Dracula) and Elisabeth Meyer (Minna) © Carl Thorborg
A frightyfully enjoyable world premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas first opera, turned into a giant Halloween party, where the Kungliga Operan is invaded by an audience of vampires, emaciated Victorian ladies and sinister characters.
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