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Art and music have always been of great importance in critical situations – the Opera is planning for the future

Today, the Royal Opera presents the program for the 2020-21. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the social situation, the business will, in one way or another, carry out performances. Not least with the help of the recently launched digital stage Operan Play. »Since we cannot possibly know what the fall will look like, we work with three, four different scenarios for each performance. We really do everything we can to, even in the fall, be able to offer Swedish people world-class art, ”says CEO and opera manager Birgitta Svendén.

»It is my firm conviction that the performing arts have something important to tell us. Art and music have, through all times, meant a great deal in difficult times. The art can simply help us look ahead, “says Birgitta Svendén.

“I also want to emphasize that we put the safety of our visitors and staff in the first and that we will take a series of measures to make everyone who comes to the Opera House feel safe.”

The Royal Opera season 2020–21

New for the 2020-2021 season is that the repertoire contains several contemporary operas and dance works with a premiere on the big stage. Examples of this are Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, first out in the autumn and the Opera’s commissioning work “Löftet” premieres on Holocaust Memorial Day and finally the Swedish newly written family adventure Snow Queen just before Christmas. It will be premiered at the modern dance work Riptide which the choreographer Hlín Hjalmarsdóttir creates directly for the Royal Ballet with newly composed music by Perro del Mar and furthermore the avant-garde takes place on stage in the form of two works from different 20th century poker – Les Ballets Suédois celebrates the Swedish company that was created 100 years ago and in Young at the Opera’s set of Klaus Nomi, the German counterpart, the synth pop and the style icon are portrayed.

Read more about the season at operan.se

Photos by: Thomas Klementsson


Prima Donna – Swedish premiere September 26
Snow Queen – premieres November 19
The promise – premieres January 27
The Masterpieces in Nürnberg – premieres March 27


Les Ballets Suédois – premiere September 4
The Swan Lake – premieres December 3
Hjelmarsdóttir / Brown / Naharin – premiere February 19
Cinderella – premiere May 21


Klaus Nomi – premieres October 17
Station Illusion – premiere April 24


Anne Sofie von Otter: La Passion de Simone – October 17
Eva Dahlgren Live at the Royal Opera – May 15 & 16
Royal Court Chapel: From Apocalypse Now to BioShock – April 7 & 8