Young Opera

THE MAGICAL HOUSE

RUNNING TIME: 13 MINS +

YOUNG OPERA | PARTS 1–13 / NEW EPISODE ON SOUND

In the Opera House, there are sounds everywhere! In episode 13 of The Magical House, sound supervisor Lars-Göran explains how he and the rest of the sound department make sure that the audience can hear everything that happens on stage and how to amplify emotions with sound. But what exactly is sound, and can sound be visual? Sound researcher Karl answers, and we also learn that to record an opera, 80 microphones are needed around the stage, and even in the chandelier!

A big thank you to JACOB WALLENBERGS STIFTELSE, SÄRSKILDA FONDEN, for making this episode possible.

TEACHER'S GUIDE (IN SWEDISH)

The MAGICAL House part 12

PART 12. In episode 12 of The Magical House, Young at the Opera throws a birthday celebration: this year marks the 250-year anniversary of King Gustav III founding the Royal Swedish Opera. But is it true that he was murdered in his own opera house? For how long have there been opera performances for children and how do you actually dance baroque dance? Our explorers Sara and Dilan find all the answers, and of course they throw a big birthday party! Download our teacher's guide to the episode here (in Swedish) »

A big thank you to JACOB WALLENBERGS STIFTELSE, SÄRSKILDA FONDEN, for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 11

In episode 11 of the Magical House, we meet property masters Mia and Rebeca and step into a world of self-flipping books, swords, and fake food. In the props storage you can find all possible, and impossible, things and what does not already exist, Mia and Rebeca create in different, ingenious ways. But how can you keep track of all the props during a performance? And what does it mean to "bubba" something? In the props episode you will get all the answers! Download the teacher's guide to the episode here (in Swedish) »

A big thank you to JACOB WALLENBERGS STIFTELSE, SÄRSKILDA FONDEN, for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 10

In episode 10 of The Magical House, we meet Lily, Signe and Levi who sing in the opera The Magic Flute. We learn about how to prepare for a new role, why there are parts for children in opera and ballet performances and the best tricks to cure stage fright. DOWNLOAD THE TEACHER'S GUIDE (IN SWEDISH) HERE »

A big thank you to the Signatur Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 9

In episode 9 of The Magical House, we take a closer look at the Opera's lighting department. The explorer Dilan meets up with lighting master Niclas and technician Martin who show us how the lighting is created behind the scenes. How can you create different emotions and moods with different lights? How do you change the colour of a spotlight? And can you control where the audience will focus on the stage with the help of the lighting? This episode will bring you all the answers!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home - download it here.

A big thank you to Jacob Wallenbergs Stiftelse, Särskilda Fonden, for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 8

EPISODE 8. In episode 8 of The Magical House, we visit the make-up and wig department where the Opera's wigs, hair and make-up artists work. Together with the explorer Dilan, we get to see how to create a wig, how to create a mask modeled for a face and how make-up can create everything from bleeding wounds to a grand, fairytale king. The wig and make-up department has the ability to transform someone young into old, create monsters or beautiful swans, an important part of the magic of the opera stage!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home - you can download it here »

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 7

In this episode, our explorer Sara meets the opera singers Agnes and Sebastian who talk about the voice and profession as a singer. What's the difference between singing pop or rock music and singing opera? And how far can an opera voice actually reach without a microphone? We also learn what a director does and what to do if you get stage freight. At the end, Agnes and Sebastian gives us a sneak peak from the opera Don Giovanni. 

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home, download it here »

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 6

In this episode our cicerone Sara visits the archive, a place filled with the Royal Swedish Opera's history. The archivist Helena shows us grand old books with both gossip and disciplinary rules from the 18th century. In the archive there are also objects, scenery models and costumes, but why are some of the these placed in the freezer? And when does something become history, tomorrow or maybe already today? We also learn who is called »the Swedish nightingale« and what happened when she got discovered!
The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for grades 1-3. Here there are over 1000 rooms and 120 professions – which we discover together!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home.

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 5

Meet the Royal Swedish Opera’s orchestra, and get acquainted with our musicians - who play brass instruments! The opera has its very own orchestra, that plays for our opera and dance performances. The Royal Swedish Orchestra is one of the world's oldest - and Sweden's perhaps largest orchestra, with some 106 musicians! In this episode, we get to discover brass instruments and meet some of the musicians who work here, along with educator Sara. Take a sneak peek into the Opera's most glittering gold room; The Golden Foyer and listen to a magical concert.

Download the teacher's guide (in Swedish) here »

A big thank you to the Signatur Foundation Sweden for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 4

PART 4 - THE OPERA HOUSE. Welcome to the Opera House! Art and magic is created here all year round. Did you know that the Opera House is twelve storeys high and 27,000 square meters in size? That’s the equivalent of 64 basketball courts! In this episode of The Magical House, we pay the auditorium a visit and have a peak behind the main stage – there’s so much to discover behind the scenes during a performance! Together with our discoverer Sara, we meet some of the key people who work here. Just about everyone on and behind the stage is equally important to make the Opera a truly magical house.

The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for grades 1-3. Here there are over 1000 rooms and 120 professions - which we discover together!
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here » (in Swedish).
A big thank you to the Signatur Foundation Sweden for making this episode possible.


The MAGICAL House part 3

Every year, more than 1,000 costumes are made for the Opera's various performances. The costumes can make characters come to life and transform opera singers into - robots, dancers into snowflakes (or even polar bears!) and magically transform an entire choir into bears. The possibilities are endless. All costumes worn by the singers and dancers on stage are created and sown here at The Royal Swedish Opera. But how is a costume made from scratch? In this episode, the host Sara Lewerth meets Annette who works as a cutter at the costume studio and finds out more about how a costume is made.
Use our holiday activities' guide to keep the young ones busy this summer (above).
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here (in Swedish).
A big thank you to Astrid Ohlin, who contributed to making this episode possible, in memory of Jan Ohlin - and Wallenius Lines.
In Swedish.

The MAGICAL House part 2

Costume magic! At the top of the Opera building you find the costume department. The Royal Opera actually has more than 30 000 costumes! The costumes strongly contributes to the magic created on stage - they invite us to a world of magicians, bears and princesses - and all in between. Together with our host, Sara, we try on some costumes and we get to know more about how to get the right costume on the right person! 
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 second episode of the series.
You can find our holiday activities' guide above!
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here (in Swedish).
A big thank you to Astrid Ohlin who made this episode possible - to the memory of Jan Ohlin - and Wallenius Lines.
In Swedish.

The MAGICAL House part 1

Lär dig dansa balett! 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.
You can download our Teacher's guide to the episode here.
Available until June 13.