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The Royal Swedish Opera presents world-class directors and soloists every year, offering both traditional classics and newly-written works.

The Royal Swedish Opera is Sweden’s national theatre for the operatic arts. Since its inception in 1773, the directors, set designers and singers have been stewards of the European operatic tradition, while also pushing the boundaries of the art form.

In 2021, Michael Cavanagh was appointed Artistic Director for the Opera section at the Royal Opera. He succeeds Birgitta Svendén who has indefatigably worked at opening up opera house to new audiences since 2009.

» I think it’s important not be afraid of tradition – it’s all about balance. «

Artistic Director Opera

»Opera is sung storytelling, which should be – and is, in this opera house – many different things. I am very excited about exploring and presenting all the different ways that we sing our stories to each other. This autumn, we have the premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos, which when it was written was a completely groundbreaking work, because it constantly reminds us that it is an opera and that we are an audience. It is an intellectual comedy with music by Richard Strauss, one of the greatest composers for the voice of all time. We also have a completely new piece, the beautiful and touching post-traumatic drama Drifted, created by Karin Rehnqvist and Kerstin Perski on commission from the Royal Swedish Opera. We also present three beloved classics again: Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Verdi's La traviata and Puccini's La bohème

»We try to have a mix between new pieces, familiar pieces in a new way and classics presented traditionally. I think it’s important not be afraid of tradition – it’s all about balance. The balance between different styles, and different eras, different composers, different languages. This is what makes the Royal Swedish Opera an international opera house, Sweden's operatic face to the world. It is both a national theatre and an international theatre.«