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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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Deception reigns in Loy’s Der Rosenkavalier in Stockholm

Adrian Angelico (Octavian) © Sara Strandlund
Malin Byström convinces as the Feldmarschallin with Adrian Angelico as a strong Octavian, under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
****1
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Eugene Onegin in Stockholm: Tatyana steals the show

Cornelia Beskow (Tatyana) © Sören Vilks
Young soprano Cornelia Beskow impresses as Tatyana in an all-Swedish performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.
***11
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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.
****1
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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.
**111
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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.
****1
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