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The Royal Swedish Opera presents world-class directors and soloists every year, offering both traditional classics and newly-written works.

The Royal Swedish Opera is Sweden’s national theatre for the operatic arts. Since its inception in 1773, the directors, set designers and singers have been stewards of the European operatic tradition, while also pushing the boundaries of the art form.

Since 2009, Artistic Director and CEO Birgitta Svendén has set the course for the Royal Swedish Opera, successfully opening up opera house to new audiences.

»A warm welcome to the RSO in 
every way and in every channel!«


Artistic Director

Welcome to the Royal Swedish Opera. We are especially proud of the diverse blend of popular classics, recently revisisted masterpeices and new works on this season’s repertoire. You will encounter some of the world’s pre-eminent artists: Iréne Theorin, Agneta Eichenholz, Cornelia Beskow, Daniel Johansson and court singers Malin Byström, Katarina Dalayman, Ida Falk Winland and Karl-Magnus Fredriksson – all of them award-winning Swedish opera singers with international careers.

Highlights include Franz Shreker’s Der ferne Klang, Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata and Leonard Bernstein’s satirical operetta Candide. Der ferne Klang is about listening to your inner voice and the power of human relationships. This is a particularly exciting event since it has ever only been performed in Sweden on one occasion. The tragedy La traviata, directed by Ellen Lamm, poses the question of what happens when society prevents you from loving the one you want. The operetta Candide takes up the big questions in life through a filter of dark humour and life-affirming music, joy and madness. We are also pleased to welcome back Short Stories. We present three short operas by three Swedish composers and librettists that could well turn out to be the big stars of tomorrow.

Opera has a wonderful ability to open doors to our inner spaces. These stories are not only about the characters we see on the stage, they are about us, the audience. What does my own inner voice sound like? How do I deal with big emotions, ideas and change? Our own experiences are placed in a context with the help of fictionalised stories. We become part of a greater whole. We come to understand ourselves through the lives of others. That is why I believe that opera makes our lives richer.

Our warmest of welcomes!

Birgitta Svendén, Artistic Director