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

BEETHOVEN
IN WORD & TUNES
CONCERT RE-RUN AT 1 PM
  • GENRE CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH Ca 40 mins
  • 7 DAYS LEFT
LA
BOHÈME
PUCCINI'S CLASSIC
  • GENRE OPERA
  • LENGTH Ca 2 hrs 6 mins
  • 4 DAYS LEFT
BALLET
MEET THE ROYAL BALLET
  • GENRE DANCE, EXCLUSIVE, BALLET
  • LENGTH Ca 1 hr 47 mins
  • 5 DAYS LEFT
SHORT
STORIES
NEW OPERAS - EXCLUSIVE
  • GENRE OPERA
  • LENGTH 3 x 20 mins
  • 8 DAYS LEFT
LIFE AT
THE OPERA
Documentary
  • GENRE DOCUMENTARY, BEHIND THE SCENES, EXCLUSIVE
  • LENGTH 5 x 60 mins
  • 71 DAYS LEFT
AUDIO
RICHARD WAGNER
  • GENRE OPERA, EXCLUSIVE, AUDIO
  • LENGTH Ca 4 hrs
  • 8 DAYS LEFT

COMING SOON

PERCUSSION
CONCERT
COLE, CAGE & JOLIVET - LIVE
  • CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
  • ca. 30 mins
  • 27 MAY, 2020
CONCERT
CLASS
WITH THE ROYAL BALLET
  • BALLET, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND THE SCENES
  • ca. 30 mins
  • 28 MAY, 2020

BEETHOVEN
IN WORDS
& TUNES

  • KONSERT, EVENEMANG 7 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH ca. 30 mins
  • GENRE DRAMA, CONCERT, EXCLUSIVE
RERUN FROM APRIL 21. Beethoven in words and tunes with  actors Andreas T Olsson and Johan Rabaeus from the Royal Dramatic Theatre. They are accompanied by a string quartet with members from the Royal Swedish Orchestra: Jannika Gustafsson, Anna Petry, Emelie Hörnlund and Kati Raitinen. Together they perform music by Beethoven, notably his stringquartet in c-minor, opus 18:4, and texts by Niklas Rådström.
A collaboration with 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

  • OPERA 4 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH Ca 1 hr 1 min.
  • GENRE ROMANTIC, CLASSICAL, TRAGICAL, OPERA, EXCLUSIVE
A young woman knocks on the door of an attic abode in Stockholm’s Old Town and a young writer opens the door. This is the start of one of the greatest love stories of all time. Inspired by his own days as a poor student, Giacomo Puccini, with warmth and passion, depicts the lives of young dreamers, bohemians in 1800s Paris. 
The renowned tenor, director and conductor José Cura, shines Nordic light over Puccini’s masterpiece, moving La Bohème from Paris to a fictitious Stockholm. The writer, Rodolfo is recast as August Strindberg, the artist Marcello as Edvard Munch, the philosopher Colline as Søren Kierkegaard, the composer Schaunard as Edvard Grieg and the cabaret singer Musetta as Tulla Larsen.
Recorded at the Royal Swedish Opera on November 28, 2015.

Puccini's LA BOHÈME
Acts 3-4

››…a roaring success‹‹ Financial Times


ACTS III - IV A year has passed. Edvard and Tulla works at a brothel. He paints portraits and she entertains the guests. When Edward puts pressure on his friend August, the latter admits to loving Mimì - but she is fatally ill and he is too poor to help her in any way.
Mimì very ill and can not even make it up the stairs to her room. All the friends are quickly brought back to reality when they realize they cannot help the young woman...
Running time acts 3-4: ca 1 hr 5 mins.

Cast


MUSIC Giacomo Puccini
LIBRETTO G Giacosa/L Illica
CONDUCTOR Daniele Callegari
DIRECTOR, STAGE DESIGN, MASK, COSTUME & LIGHT José Cura
DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson
ASSISTING DIRECTOR & STAGE DESIGNER Silvia Collazuol
TRANSLATION Annika Brandt

MIMÌ Yana Kleyn
MUSETTA (TULLA LARSEN) Sanna Gibbs
RODOLFO (AUGUST STRINDBERG) Daniel Johansson
MARCELLO (EDVARD MUNCH) Linus Börjesson
SCHAUNARD (EDVARD GRIEG) Jens Persson
COLLINE (SÖREN KIERKEGAARD) John Erik Eleby
BENOÎT Niklas Björling Rygert
ALCINDORE Tomas Bergström
PARPIGNOL (CHRISTMAS GOAT) Olof Lilja

THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
CONCERT MASTER Erik Heide

THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER James Grossmith
ASSISTING CHORUS MASTER Martin Virin

CHILDREN FROM THE  ADOLF FREDRIKS MUSIC CLASSES
MUSICAL DIRECTION Sofia Ågren

Between acts I and II intermission music is performed by two members of the chorus
VIOLIN Jon Nilsson
PIANO Andreas Lundmark

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

DANCERS'
PORTRAITS
AT LARGE

  • BALETT/DANS 5 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH ca. 6 mins
  • GENRE DANCE, EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND THE SCENES, DOCUMENTARY
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.

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!

Meet the Artist
HENRIK VIBSKOV

From the catwalk to the stage - similarities and differences


Henrik Vibskov is one of the most celebrated designers of the Danish fashion design miracle - and just like composer Mikael Karlsson, he often works with Alexander Ekman. The trio collaborated on the acclaimed Cow at the Semperoper in Dresden. How does creating for the stage differ from creating everyday fashion? How do you go from idea to a finished product - that you can actually dance in?

Artistic Team


CHOREOGRAPHY/STAGE DESIGN/LIGHT Alexander Ekman
MUSIC Mikael Karlsson
COSTUME & MAKE UP Henrik Vibskov
DRAMATURGE Carina Nildalen

THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

JAG
KOMMER
HEM

  • OPERA 8 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 20 mins
  • GENRE NEW OPERA, CONTEMPORARY, OPERA, EXCLUSIVE
A part of Short Stories II. How does the opera of tomorrow sound? Three contemporary Swedish composers present three new short operas based on reality.
Malin Hülphers has been active as a composer since 1991 and mainly writes musical drama. A part from several children's operas, she has also composed chamber music, musicals, music for dance pieces as well as setting music to lyrical texts. She is also active as a librettist. Hülphers' has been house composer with Göteborgsoperan and with the Regional Music for Västernorrland and is currently heading the stage art department at Estrad Norr. Jag kommer hem (I am coming home) is Hülphers' first opera for a grown-up audience. It is a comic operatic pearl where we are thrown into a session at the couples' therapist.

SIGRID H.
A part of Short Stories II

A beloved work of art becomes an opera


Andrea Tarrodi studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, Italy and at the School of Music at the Luleå University of Technology. She mainly writes orchestral and vocal music and her pieces have been performed by most Swedish major orchestras, but also abroad. She has been house composer with the Swedish National Radio (P2) and the Västerås Sinfonietta and she was "Composer of the Spring" the the concert hall Berwaldhallen. In 2018 she was awarded a Grammy in the category best classical recording. Tarrodi is currently house composer with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra Nordiska Kammarorkestern). Sigrid H. is her first opera, inspired by Sigrid Hjertén – a beloved Swedish artist whose colorful paintings never cease to amaze us.

VALUE CREATION
a part of Short Stories II

The finance world analysed in a short opera with a moral twist


Viktor Åslund studied piano and later moved on to conducting. In parallel to his career as a conductor, Åslund has also been active as a composer and in arrangement. He composes orchestral pieces, chamber music, songs and film music. In 2016 he composed Steppenwolf after the novel by Hermann Hesse - it became Åslund's first operatic work. Value creation is his second opera, a twisted story, with hints of film noir, and it dissects the morals of the financial world.

PREMIERE TALK
Short Stories II

Meet the composers and librettists behind Short Stories II


Meet the creators behind Short Stories II in a conversation before the world premiere: Viktor Åslund and Hermann Schneider (Value Creation), Malin Hülphers and Lotta Olsson (Jag kommer hem(I am coming ) plus Andrea Tarrodi and Katarina Aronsson (Sigrid H.).
Recorded live at the Rotunda at the Royal Swedish Opera Monday February 17 2020.
In Swedish.

Cast


VALUE CREATION


MUSIC Viktor Åslund
TEXT Hermann Schneider
DIRECTION & STAGE DESIGN Natalie Ringler

NORA Kristina Hansson Unander
CHRISTINA Louise Reitberger
CHARLES Mikael Stenbaek
ED Peter Haeggström

JAG KOMMER HEM (I AM COMING HOME)


MUSIC Malin Hülphers
TEXT Lotta Olsson
DIRECTION & STAGE DESIGN Ola Eliasson

THE MAN Thorvald Bergström
THE WOMAN Therese Badman Stenius
THE THERAPIST Anders Blom

SIGRID H.


MUSIC Andrea Tarrodi
TEXT Katarina Aronsson
DIRECTION & STAGE DESIGN Natalie Ringler

SIGRID Katarina Böhm
ISAAC Simon Petersson
EINAR Thorvald Bergström
THE DOCTOR Peter Achrén


CONDUCTOR James Grossmith
DRAMATURGE Katarina Aronsson

MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

LIFE AT THE 
OPERA 
PART 1

  • BAKOM KULISSERNA 71 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

DIE WALKÜRE
ACT 1

  • OPERA 8 DAYS LEFT
  • LENGTH 1 h 3 mins
  • GENRE OPERA, DRAMATIC
One of the most well known themes in the opera world - no, in the world - is the "Ride of the Valkyries". Richard Wagner's Die Walküre is the second part of the mighty epic that is his Der Ring des Nibelungen (which also constitutes of Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung). During May 2017 the Royal Swedish Opera staged two complete Ring cycles, signed by director Staffan Valdemar Holm. Tickets sold out in less than ten minutes... This recording was made on May 25 2017 and it was broadcast live on SR P2.
ACT 1. Siegmund is on the run when he ends up at Hunding's and Sieglinde's place. Siegmund is drawn to Sieglinde, but Hunding challenges him to a battle of life or death. Sieglinde, however, prepares a sleep potion for her husband, to get a moment alone with Siegmund. Siegmund promises her he will make her free from Hunding. But Sieglinde soon makes out that Siegmund is actually her twin brother. Siegmund draws a magical sword from a tree trunk - and claims Sieglinde as his.

Richard Wagner's
        DIE WALKÜRE – act 2

Brünnhilde defies Wotan...


Act 2. The god of gods, Wotan, orders his daughter the Valkyrie Brünnhilde to defend Siegmund in the upcoming battle against Hunding. But Fricka, Wotan's wife, won't have it. She wants Wotan to step in, in favor of the marriage of Hunding and Sieglinde. Wotan quickly dispatches a new order to Brünnhilde. She is shocked to find out she is now to help Hunding in battle. Brünnhilde approaches Siegmund in a vision and divulges his imminent death. Siegmund threatens to take both his and Sieglinde's life. Brünnhilde is torn, but opts for helping Siegmund - defying her father Wotan. But Wotan will not have it, he takes to arms and Siegmund falls. Brünnhilde escapes with Sieglinde. Wotan kills Hunding.
Running time 1 hrs 30 mins

Richard Wagner's
DIE WALKÜRE  – act 3

Wotan gets his revenge on Brünnhilde


Act 3. Brünnhilde's warrior sisters find out about her narrow escape from the furious Wotan - but they dare not protect her. Sieglinde is pregnant and Brünnhilde informs her it is the child of her very own brother, Siegmund. Terrified, Sieglinde hides in the forest. Wotan catches up with Brünnhilde and he condemns her to mortality. He also instructs that she will be the bounty of the man who finds her. She asks him to have a ring of fire inclosing her - a ring only the bravest of heros can get through. They both forebode that this hero will no less than the child Sieglinde is expecting. The god of fire, Loge, lets the flames encompass Brünnhilde while Wotan looks on, plaintive.
Running time 1 hrs 9 mins.

Cast


MUSIC
 Richard Wagner
LIBRETTO Richard Wagner

SIEGMUND Michael Weinius
HUNDING Lennart Forsén
WOTAN Johan Edholm
SIEGLINDE Cornelia Beskow
BRÜNNHILDE Nina Stemme
FRICKA Katarina Dalayman
HELMWIGE Sara Olsson
GERHILDE Susanna Stern
ORTLINDE Angela Rotondo
WALTRAUTE Marie-Louise Granström
SIEGRUNE Monika Mannerström Skog
ROSSWEISE Johanna Rudström
GRIMGERDE Kristina Martling
SCHWERTLEITE Katarina Leoson

CONDUCTOR Marko Letonja
THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA

TRANSLATION
Lasse Zilliacus

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