Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm

Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm

Founded by patron King Gustav III, the Royal Swedish Opera opened with its inaugural performance of “Thetis and Phelée” in 1773. The opera house itself was opened in 1782. A new building took its place in 1892 under the rule of King Oscar II. The building was designed in the Neo-Classical style boasting an incredible foyer and grand marble staircase leading to the majestic three-tiered auditorium. Most productions are sung in the language of the original, accompanied with Swedish subtitles.

The theater has heard many famous operatic voices within its walls, but is also the home to the Royal Swedish Ballet company, famed as one of Europe's top. Guided tours of the opera house are conducted at 12:30 pm on most Saturdays, one of which is always in English. On certain Saturdays, the tours have a special theme, such as art exhibitions, opera for children, or costume exhibitions. On performance days, red lanterns are lit above the main entrance to indicate the show being sold out.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful inside and outside, this opera house is a gorgeously decorated edifice worth admiring by architecture lovers.
The actual stage and seating area is smaller than one might imagine, which makes for a very cozy and intimate setting.
The operas played here are usually of very high quality.

Tip:
You can well purchase your ticket for performances online, as the schedule is published for the whole season.
By taking a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the Royal Box, and look into the orchestra pit.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 3-6 pm; Sat: 12-3 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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