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»creating opera, ballet and dance for children and young people from their own perspective and according to their needs« 

Artistic Director Young at the Opera

»We at Young at the Opera have a fantastic job: creating opera, ballet and dance for children and young people from their own perspective and according to their needs,
« says Ellen Lamm, Artistic Director at Young at the Opera (Unga på Operan).  »The productions we produce are written especially for our target group, and our artistic teams and artists work hard to ensure that every kid feels included. The audience is highly diverse, the children are curious, hungry, eager to learn and absolutely wonderful.«

»During the jubilee year 2023, we will be making every effort to welcome everyone, from the very youngest to teenagers. We will be presenting a new production entitled Var är smörgåsen? (Where is the Sandwich), a moving story for primary school children by Pija Lindenbaum and Niklas Brommare about finding your place in the world and living your life in a way that is different from everyone else. Where is the Sandwich? is based on real events, and Klaus Nomi too is about a real person. This melancholic, much acclaimed opera monologue about the avantgarde outsider is suitable from the age of 16 and up. We will also be releasing new episodes of our web series Det magiska huset (The Magical House) which looks at life behind the scenes at the Opera in an easily accessible, playful way. During spring, three new features will be added to our Saturday programme Barnlördagar. Two of these will highlight historical opera singing and Baroque dance, time traveling through 250 years.«

One of the Royal Swedish Opera’s most important missions is to put on exciting performances for children and young people, and to make it possible for them to pursue culture. During the last ten years Young at the Opera has been and continue to be the state-of-the-art for opera and ballet in Sweden.


Every season we create opera and dance performances for children and young people.


In addition to exciting performances, we also throw open the doors of the Opera House to Childrens’ Saturdays, school holiday activities and family days. The activities we offer vary from guided tours of the Opera House and trying on costumes to mini performances and concerts.


Young at the Opera also engages in active school outreach, and our educational programme offers both short and long-term projects, one of which is part of the Skapande skola (Creative School) programme. We also arrange field trips to the Opera House and teachers’ evenings, and we schedule weekend and holiday activities, host family days and put on special performances for school groups.


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