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THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA’S DIGITAL CHANNEL – The Art of Looking Forward

NATURE'S
HEALING
POWERS
MOZART IN WORDS & TUNES
  • GENRE CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH Ca 30 mins
  • 6 DAYS LEFT
MEET
ALEXANDER
EKMAN
MEET THE ROYAL BALLET
  • GENRE DANCE, EXCLUSIVE, BALLET
  • LENGTH ca. 55 mins
  • 6 DAYS LEFT
MY
MOTHER
IS A
DRAGON
FROM YOUNG AT THE OPERA
  • GENRE OPERA
  • LENGTH Ca 60 mins
  • 3 DAYS LEFT
SHORT
STORIES
NEW OPERAS - EXCLUSIVE
  • GENRE OPERA
  • LENGTH 3 x 20 mins
  • 0 DAYS LEFT
LIFE AT
THE OPERA
Documentary
  • GENRE DOCUMENTARY, BEHIND THE SCENES, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH 5 x 60 mins
  • 63 DAYS LEFT
AUDIO
RICHARD WAGNER
  • GENRE OPERA, EXCLUSIVE, AUDIO
  • LENGTH Ca 4 hrs
  • 0 DAYS LEFT

COMING SOON

RUSSIAN
ROMANTICS
CONCERT FROM APRIL 23
  • GENRE CONCERT
  • LENGTH 34 mins
  • PUBLISHED 04 JUNE, 2020
THE OPERA
AT HAGA
CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL DAY WITH US
  • GENRE OPERA, BALLET, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH ca. 40 mins
  • PUBLISHED 06 JUNE, 2020

NATURE'S
HEALING
POWERS

  • KONSERT 6 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH ca. 30 mins
  • GENRE CLASSICAL, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
LIVE CONCERT FROM APRIL 28. 
Mozart in words and tunes - or the healing powers of nature. Mozart's beautiful flute quartet in D-major (KV 285) frames poems by, amongst others, Werner Aspenström, Tomas Tranströmer and Lars Gustavsson, read by actors Elin Klinga and Magnus Roosmann from the Royal Dramatic Theatre. With Guro Pettersen (flute), Anders Kjellberg Nilsson (violin), Mikael Rydh (viola) and Marianne Herresthal Hasselgren (cello) from the Royal Swedish Orchestra.
A collaboration between the Royal Swedish Opera and the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

BARBER
in Concert

Alan Gilbert conducts the Royal Swedish Orchestra in tribute to Samuel Barber


RE-RUN OF LIVE CONCERT FROM MAY 13. The future Music Director af the Royal Swedish Opera, maestro Alan Gilbert, directs the Royal Swedish Orchestra in a concert dedicated to one of the most cherished composers of the 20th century, Samuel Barber. Featuring Court Singers Elin Rombo (soprano) and Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (baritone).
Program
Dover Beach
For baritone and string quartet, op. 3 (1931).
Text Matthew Arnold
Knoxville: Summer of 1915
For soprano and orchestra, op. 24 (1947).
Text James Agee
Adagio for strings
From string quartet in B minor, op. 11 (1937).

ALAN GILBERT conducts MAHLER'S fourth

Re-run of the concert from March 31


The future Head of Music of the Royal Swedish Opera, Alan Gilbert, joins forces with his "old" and "new" orchestra, and invites you to a symphony concert on a smaller scale, live from the Golden Foyer at the Opera. Gilbert conducts Gustav Mahler's fourth symphony, in a chamber arrangement, with members from the Royal Swedish Orchestra, as well as members from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and pianists Martin Sturfält and Simon Craaford-Phillips. Also featuring court singer and soprano Elin Rombo. A unique occasion where musicians come together to emphasize the importance of music in these difficult times.
Program
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony nr 4 (arrangement for chamber orchestra: Klaus Simon)
I. Bedachtig, nicht eilen

II. In gemachlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast

III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio

IV. Sehr behaglich

Text (movement IV) trad. from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Medverkande


CONDUCTOR Alan Gilbert
SOLOIST Elin Rombo
CONCERT MASTER Jannika Gustafsson
VIOLIN Simona Bonfiglioli
VIOLA Emilie Hörnlund
CELLO Erik Wahlgren
CONTRABASS Håkan Ehren
FLUTE Henrik Månberg
OBOE Fredrik Söhngen
COR ANGLAIS Anders Ekholm
CLARINET Staffan Mårtensson
BASSOON Anders Engström
HORN Benedikt Scholtes
PERCUSSION Daniel Kåse and Rolf Thunander
PIANO Simon Crawford-Phillips
HARMONIUM Martin Sturfält

THEATRE
CRITICS
DANCE-
PRIZE 2019

  • BALETT/DANS 6 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH ca. 55 mins
  • GENRE EXCLUSIVE, DOCUMENTARY
Meet the recipient of the Swedish Association of Theatre Critics Dance Price 2019: choreographer Alexander Ekman. Here in a discussion with Cecilia Djurberg, critic at Aftonbladet, and Thomas Olsson, critic at, amongst others, SvD.

Dancers' PORTRAITS
 - at large

Meet the Royal Swedish Ballet for an unusual training - outdoors


Meet the Royal Ballet in unusual circumstances... What do one do when one is not allowed to practice indoors - or even close - as an elite athlete? We met up with rehearsal director Hlín Diego Hjálmarsdóttir and members of the Royal Swedish Ballet in the middle of Stockholm on a beautiful spring day. For a spot of exercise. Ballet style.

DANCER'S PORTRAIT -
Madeline Woo

Meet one of the dancer's of the Royal Swedish Ballet


Meet Madeline Woo - dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet. We met up with Madi during a corona-safe rehearsal of Don Quijote, supervised by the director of the ballet, Nicolas Le Riche. Madeline tells us about her life as a dancer, what it is like to move across the globe to follow your passion - dance. A passion passed on to her by her mother when she was born...
With Jane Lennard-Suff at the piano and with rehearsal director Eva Nissen.

DANCER'S PORTRAIT
Dmitry Zagrebin


Meet Dmitry Zagrebin - first soloist in the Royal Swedish Ballet. You are invited behind the scenes by Dmitry, ballet director Nicolas Le Riche, pianist Jane Lennard-Suff and ballet master Eva Nissen as they rehearse the role of Basilio in Don Quixote. Dmitry talks about his background and shares his thoughts and fears facing the corona crisis. How can a dancer stay in shape and on top of his/her artistry when they are not allowed to do what they love?

Alexander Ekman's
ESKAPIST

Excerpts from the hit performance with the Royal Swedish Ballet


Alexander Ekman is a choreographer that keeps on surprising us. In 2012 he created his first piece for the Royal Swedish Ballet - Tyll - and in 2015 his Midsummer Night's Dream was a huge success at the Royal Swedish Opera. Today he creates dance productions all over the world - but he returned to the Royal Swedish Ballet in 2019 with an original creation - Eskapist. A production like no other - Eskapist quickly sold out and was loved by critics as well as the audience. This compact production shows exclusive, selected scenes from Eskapist and a (rare) interview with Alexander Ekman.

MY
MOTHER
IS A
DRAGON

  • BARN/FAMILJ 3 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 60 mins
  • GENRE NEW OPERA, CONTEMPORARY, OPERA, EXCLUSIVE
YOUNG AT THE OPERA. Åke's mother is named Berit. Or, she was called Berit yesterday. Today, she is a dragon and licks her toes. She has forgotten how to make breakfast and where the milk is. She mostly wants to eat flies. When mom gets this childish, Åke must be an adult instead. This will be an adventure!
The opera My mother is a dragon is based on Pija Lindenbaum's popular children's book When Åke's mother forgot. The show premiered at the Royal Opera on November 7, 2015, and is a collaboration with the Gothenburg Opera (where the show premiered in 2011). Pija Lindenbaum has created the imaginative costumes and the performance is aimed at children 5-8 years of age - and their families.  Further down you will find a teacher's guide for further discussion!

Cast

After Pija Lindenbaum's book When Åke´s Mother Forgot

MUSIC Thomas Lindahl
LIBRETTO Irena Kraus
DIRECTOR Mia Ringblom Hjertner
SET DESIGN & LIGHT Thorsten Dahn
COSTUME & MASK Pija Lindenbaumn

ÅKE'S MOTHER Marianne Eklöf
GRANDMOTHER/TICKETING LADY Susann Végh
ÅKE Conny Thimander
THE DOCTOR/THE SNAKE OLLE Maja Frydén
ANIMAL CARETAKER/HOT DOG SALESMAN Johan Wennerstrand

MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
KAPELLMEISTER Krister Lundkvist

DIE WALKÜRE
in concert version from March 14

Wagner classic in unique live recording from the Royal Swedish Opera


Die Walküre in concert version - live from the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm on March 14 2020. Due to the corona crisis, the Royal Swedish Opera was forced to close its doors to the public, leaving many Wagner fans disappointed as Die Walküre was canceled. In a last effort - the decision to do a live streaming of the performance was taken the day before the actual date. Enjoy!
Running time 3 hrs 50 mins.

Cast


MUSIC
Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO Richard Wagner

SIEGMUND Joachim Bäckström
HUNDING Lennart Forsén
WOTAN Greer Grimsley
SIEGLINDE Elisabet Strid
BRÜNNHILDE Iréne Theorin
FRICKA Katarina Dalayman
HELMWIGE Angela Rotondo
GERHILDE Emma Vetter
ORTLINDE Sara Olsson
WALTRAUTE Tuija Knihtilä
SIEGRUNE Monika Mannerström Skog
ROSSWEISE Susann Végh
GRIMGERDE Klementina Savnik
SCHWERTLEITE Kristina Martling

CONDUCTOR Constantin Trinks
THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

TRANSLATION
Lasse Zilliacus

LIFE AT THE 
OPERA 
PART 1

  • BAKOM KULISSERNA 63 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 60 mins
  • GENRE BEHIND THE SCENES, DOCUMENTARY
What happens at the Royal Swedish Opera - behind the curtain? It is the workplace of between 550 and 1000 people - every year. There is a multitude of different professions, artistic staff of course, but also just about everything from blacksmiths to physical therapists. Rumor has it there are more than 1000 rooms in the building (but no one really knows). There is a very particular heartbeat in the house - a heartbeat that culminates in a curtain call every night. Tag along this documentary produced by SVT in 2013 - welcome to The Life at the Opera in five episodes!
Life at the Opera, part 1. In this episode you meet first soloist Marie Lindqvist who is about to do her last performance of the ballet Sleeping Beauty. You also meet chorus tenor Jon Nilsson in his preparations for the premiere of Turandot. And physical therapist Pirjo Lehmussalmi is troubled by many injuries at the end of the season.
IN SWEDISH

LIFE AT THE OPERA
part 2

Premiere coming up and a tense casting


Welcome to Life at the Opera, part 2. You can almost touch the air as the premiere of Turandot approaches. The title role is sung by megastar soprano Nina Stemme - and the stakes are high... and, at the same time, a veritable legend is welcomed by the Royal Swedish Ballet - and she puts the dancers to the test in a very tough casting.
IN SWEDISH

LIFE AT THE OPERA
part 3

A visiting legend and busy days in the costume department


Welcome to Life at the Opera, part 3. Legendary prima ballerina Natalia Makarova is in the house staging Giselle - and she puts the dancers of the Royal Swedish Ballet to the test with her high demands. The costume department is struggling to keep head over water with all the last minute changes to the costumes...
IN SWEDISH

LIFE AT THE OPERA
part 4

Rehearsals, rehearsals and more rehearsals... and a premiere signed Young at the Opera


Welcome to Life at the Opera, part 4. The production of the opera Peter Grimes is pushing the house to the limit. After many years singing at the Royal Swedish Opera, soloist Marianne Eklöf likes to "have a finger in the pie". First soloist dancer Jenny Nilsson stages a performance for children - with a very special guest in the audience.
IN SWEDISH

LIFE AT THE OPERA
part 5

Illness panic and dancers exerting themselves


Welcome to Life at the Opera, part 5. What do you do when someone falls ill? Illness strikes the cast of the operetta Die Fledermaus and a stand-in has to be found - and before the evening's performance. Not only the opera section is struggling - the premiere of the ballet Juliet & Romeo is approaching, and the world press is gathering in Stockholm to see the Royal Swedish Ballet.
IN SWEDISH

Cast

ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO WORKED AT THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA DURING 2013
THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA CHORUS
SOLOISTS
THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET
CREATIVE TEAMS

Cast


MUSIC
Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO Richard Wagner

SIEGMUND Joachim Bäckström
HUNDING Lennart Forsén
WOTAN Greer Grimsley
SIEGLINDE Elisabet Strid
BRÜNNHILDE Iréne Theorin
FRICKA Katarina Dalayman
HELMWIGE Angela Rotondo
GERHILDE Emma Vetter
ORTLINDE Sara Olsson
WALTRAUTE Tuija Knihtilä
SIEGRUNE Monika Mannerström Skog
ROSSWEISE Susann Végh
GRIMGERDE Klementina Savnik
SCHWERTLEITE Kristina Martling

CONDUCTOR Constantin Trinks
THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

TRANSLATION
Lasse Zilliacus