OPERA AND BALLET. AT ANY TIME.IN ANY PLACE. THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA’S DIGITAL CHANNEL – The Art of Looking Forward

OPERA
PRIMA DONNA
  • GENRE OPERA, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH Ca 2 hrs
  • 62 DAYS LEFT
BALLET
SHIFT | CACTI
  • GENRE DANCE, EXCLUSIVE, BALLET, BEHIND THE SCENES
  • LENGTH 56 mins
  • 37 DAYS LEFT
YOUNG AT
THE OPERA
The Magical House - a web series for classes 1-3
  • GENRE BALLET, DANCE, BEHIND THE SCENES
  • LENGTH 13 mins
  • 63 DAYS LEFT
CONCERT
A TRIBUTE TO JENNY LIND 200 YRS
  • GENRE CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE, OPERA
  • LENGTH Ca 1 hr 10 mins
  • 32 DAYS LEFT
DOCUMENTARY
Life at the Opera
  • GENRE DOCUMENTARY, BEHIND THE SCENES, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH 5 x 60 mins
  • 33 DAYS LEFT

COMING SOON

LA PASSION
DE SIMONE
Kaija Saariaho + Anne Sofie von Otter
  • NEW OPERA, CONTEMPORARY, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
  • 1 hr 17 mins
  • 12 DECEMBER, 2020

Opera

PRIMA
DONNA

  • OPERA 62 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 2 hrs
  • GENRE ROMANTIC, NEW OPERA, DRAMATIC, OPERA, EXCLUSIVE
A faded opera diva plots her revenge from an apartment in 1970s Paris. At a traumatic performance six years earlier, her career came to an abrupt end. The question is, will her voice and her nerves cope with a return to the limelight? A visit from a journalist awakens her hope that all is not lost, but will she be able to overcome her demons?
Prima Donna is indie icon and opera lover Rufus Wainwright’s tribute to the art of Romantic opera and it is his first opera which premiered in 2009. Prima Donna is a Maria Callas-inspired story about a self-destructive diva and our insatiable need to both applaud her and mock her.

Meet RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

Premiere Talk PRIMA DONNA


Dramaturge Katarina Aronsson from the Royal Swedish Opera meets indie icon Rufus Wainwright in a candid talk about creation - and his love of the art of opera. 

Cast

RÉGINE SAINT LAURENT Elin Rombo
MARIE Beate Mordal
PHILIPPE Jeremy Carpenter
ANDRÉ LETOURNER Conny Thimander
FRANÇOIS Ruben Lundström
SOPHIE Nadja Sjöström

MUSIC Rufus Wainwright
LIBRETTO Rufus Wainwright & Bernadette Colomine
CONDUCTOR Jayce Ogren
DIRECTOR Mårten Forslund
STAGE DESIGN Sabine Theunissen
COSTUME & MAKE UP Jeanette Stener
LIGHT Linus Fellbom

ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
CONCERT MASTER Jannica Gustafsson

The Royal Swedish Ballet

SHIFT |
CACTI

  • BALETT, BALETT/DANS 37 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 56 mins
  • GENRE NEW OPERA, CONTEMPORARY, BALLET, DANCE, EXCLUSIVE
In the spring of 2020, the world was paralyzed by the corona pandemic, and theaters around the world were forced to close. At the end of May, the choreographer Alexander Ekman was hired to create a corona-adapted work for the Royal Swedish Ballet's dancers.
»As I entered the opera house in the middle of the pandemic, in June, the auditorium was empty. I got the idea to create a corona-adapted, ongoing work for the stage that would change every day. The work would be called SHIFT. The auditorium would be open and the audience would have the chance to choose how long they stayed and experienced the work. When the work does not have a beginning or an end, you experience time and art in a different way. Unfortunately, we could not find a safe way to do this during the ongoing pandemic. But, the process led us to present the material that was created during these two weeks in the middle of the pandemic, when the world stood still. «
The second presented work is Ekman's most recognised internationally, CACTI (2010), which has never been shown in Sweden before. »CACTI is about how we view art and how we feel the need to analyze and" understand "art. I feel that there is no "correct" way and that everyone is free to interpret and experience art as they wish. "
The performance is realised with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Premiere Talk -
ALEXANDER EKMAN

Meet the mind behind SHIFT | CACTI


Ekman, who has previoulsy created Tyll, Midsummer Night’s Dream and recently Escapist for the Royal Swedish Ballet, has over the last few years been firmly established on the international dance scene with new creations such as Play for the Paris Opera, Cow at the Semperoper Dresden and A Swan Lake at the Norwegian National Ballet. Dramaturge Katarina Aronsson talks to Ekman a few days before the opening of SHIFT | CACTI at the Royal Swedish Opera.

Meet the choreographer - ALEXANDER EKMAN

Preparing for SHIFT | CACTI


Meet the Royal Swedish Ballet and choreographer Alexander Ekman during rehearsals before the (world) premiere of SHIFT | CACTI. SHIFT was created in the middle of the corona pandemic and it explores the possibilities and constraints of dancing safely. CACTI is Ekman's by far most performed piece worldwide - and it gets its Swedish premiere with the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Meet the Artist –
MIKAEL KARLSSON

On creating music for dance


Mikael Karlsson is the composer who has been working side by side with Alexander Ekman on several projects. How do you actually go about it when composing for dancers? How do you cooperate with the choreographer? Meet one of the most interesting Swedish composers right now - who just landed a contract for a full length opera with the Royal Swedish Opera!

Cast

CHOREOGRAPHY & VISUAL DESIGN Alexander Ekman
MUSIC SHIFT Mikael Karlsson
MUSIKCCACTI Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
RECORDED MUSIC the Royal Swedish Orchestra, conductor David Björkman
LIGHT Alexander Ekman assisted by lights' master
Martin Säfström (SHIFT), Tom Visser (CACTI)

TEXT CACTI Spenser Theberge

Dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet
SHIFT
Camille Chanial, Maëva Cotton, Frida Hambraeus, Daria Ivanova, Alaia Rogers-Maman,
Luiza Lopes, Isabelle Maia, Sarah Jane Medley, Anna Cecilia Meyer, Kisa Nakashima,
Nathalie Nordquist, Alessa Rogers, Haruka Sassa, Nadja Sellrup, Pauline Simon,
Desislava Stoeva, Lisa Van Cauwenbergh, Madeline Woo, Kaho Yanagisawa,
AdiLiJiang Abudureheman,
Gabriel Barrenengoa, Jonatan Davidsson, Panagiotis Dionysakopoulos, Hampus Gauffin, Daniel Goldsmith,
Pascal Jansson, Julien Keulen, Otmar Klemann, Dawid Kupinski, Claes Lindbom,
Preston McBain, Kentaro Mitsumori, Jérémie Neveu, Samuele Ninci, Gianmarco Romano,
Ethan Watts, Karl Wigle

CACTI

Elisa Fossati, Frida Hambraeus, Daria Ivanova, Sarah Jane Medley, Kisa Nakashima,
Natalie Ogonek, Alessa Rogers, Haruka Sassa, Anna Cecilia Meyer, Desislava Stoeva,
Lisa Van Cauwenbergh, Madeline Woo, Kaho Yanagisawa, Calum Lowden, Gabriel Barrenengoa,
Jonatan Davidsson, Panagiotis Dionysakopoulos, William Dugan, Hampus Gauffin, Julien Keulen,
Dawid Kupinski, Andrea Marino, Jérémie Neveu, Gianmarco Romano, Erik Rudqvist,
Ethan Watts, Preston McBain
DUET CACTI Kaho Yanagisawa, Jonatan Davidsson
SOLO CACTI Madeline Woo
MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
Carl Vallin, Anna Brundin-Mossop, Håkan Olsson, Kati Raitinen

The Magical House - part 1

LEARN 
TO DANCE
BALLET!

  • BALETT/DANS, BARN/FAMILJ, BAKOM KULISSERNA 63 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 13 mins
  • Classes 1-3
  • GENRE DANCE, BALLET, BEHIND THE SCENES
What does it take to become a ballet dancer and how do you actually do a pirouette ? In this episode we learn the basics of classical ballet and what it is like to work as a ballet dancer. Together with discoverer and guide Sara we try out the basic "positions" and we learn how to spin - without getting dizzy! 
The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for classes 1-3. There are more than 1000 rooms and 120 professions that we will discover together! This is the first episode of the series. 
A big thank you to Wallenius Lines who made this episode possible.

A tribute

JENNY
LIND
200 YRS

  • OPERA, KONSERT 32 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 1 hr 10 mins
  • GENRE ROMANTIC, CLASSICAL, OPERA, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
Jenny Lind is one of the opera world's most celebrated and beloved singers. Her life is a fascinating story lined with courage, vulnerability and outstanding artistry. In this concert, recorded at the Royal Swedish Opera in October 2020, the Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling pays tribute to "the Swedish nightingale". At the beginning of her career, Tilling received the Jenny Lind scholarship and is now one of our most appreciated concert and opera singers with many prestigious assignments around the world. During a little over an hour, she leads us through Jenny Lind's story; from young student to world-famous singer.
Jenny Lind was born in Stockholm in 1820. She started her career at the Opera's student school and broke through at a time when the individual was ar the centre of attention, which meant that her status as a star grew to enormous proportions. Her career was permeated by a long series of strategic decisions and her great fortune made her a philanthropist with an interest in healthcare and education.
In collaboration with the Royal Dramatic Theatre.


WITH 

Camilla Tilling SOPRANO
Martin Virin PIANO 
Kirsti Stubø ACTOR, ROYAL DRAMATIC THEATRE
Katarina Aronsson DRAMATURGE
Henrik Månberg & Indra Strautmanis FLUTE

LIFE AT THE 
OPERA 
PART 1

  • BAKOM KULISSERNA 33 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