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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StockholmLa Cenerentola (Cinderella)New production

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Lindy Hume; Royal Swedish Opera; Dan Potra; Ole Aleksander Bang; John Erik Eleby

StockholmTosca

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

StockholmElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Simone Young; Staffan Valdemar Holm; Royal Swedish Opera; Bente Lykke Møller; Iréne Theorin; Katarina Dalayman

StockholmPuur

Various: Puur
Wim Vandekeybus; Royal Swedish Ballet

StockholmThe 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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Iréne Theorin triumphs as Elektra in Stockholm

A quasi-concertante setting highlights Theorin's masterful performance as Elektra, Cornelia Beskow's fragile, human Chrysothemis and Katarina Dalayman's haunting Klytaemnestra.
****1
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A British Cinderella in Stockholm

Lindy Hume's Victorian production brings to life Cinderella's story through the capable hands of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
**111
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Vampires take centre-stage at Royal Swedish Opera

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.
****1
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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. 
****1
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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.
****1
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