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Back Home About the Opera Who's Who at the Opera Royal Swedish Orchestra

ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

Skilled ORCHESTRA with a long history


Immigrant fiddlers, "pipers and trumpeters" laid the foundation for the Royal Swedish Orchestra (Kungliga Hovkapellet). Almost 500 years later, they are not only one of the world's oldest orchestras but also Sweden's largest with its 105 musicians. From being a court music institution under king Gustav Vasa, they are, since the Royal Swedish Opera was founded in 1773, the heart of the house and unite all its art forms.

In addition to playing in performances of operas and ballets, »Hovkapellet's« musicians perform symphonic concerts, chamber and lunch concerts. The Opera's musical director, renowned conductor Alan Gilbert, has a special responsibility for the »Hovkapellet«.

Conductors

First Violins

Second Violins

Violas

Cellos

Double Basses

Flutes

Oboes

Clarinets

Bassoons

French Horns

Trumpets

Trombones

Bass Trombones

Tuba

Harp

Timpani

Percussion