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Baroque Opera in Sweden

Stockholm 5 nights Price from £2,280 per person
Departs: 09 Aug 2022
Departs: 09 Aug 2022

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Built across 14 of the 20,000 islands that shelter the city from the Baltic, Stockholm is a revelation and undoubtedly one of the world’s most elegant capitals. The number of Swedish opera singers who enjoy top-level careers and who grace the world's stages is nothing less than astonishing. Sweden has a population of fewer than ten million and yet there often seems to be a Swedish singer in an opera every night in the world’s most important houses. This has been the case for two hundred years, no doubt due to the enormous number of people who sing in choirs from a very early age. The holiday includes performances of two Baroque operas at Stockholm’s historic 18th century theatres.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Tickets for performances as described
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Stockholm

    We fly to Stockholm where we stay at the 4* First Reisen Hotel which has a great location overlooking the harbour on the edge of the atmospheric old town, Gamla Stan.
  • Day 2 - Walking tour & archipelago cruise

    We begin with a guided walking tour through the old town’s mediaeval maze of narrow streets ending at Stockholm’s City Hall, Ragnar Östberg’s landmark building on the shores of Riddarfjärden. During the afternoon we will enjoy a cruise around the islands of Stockholm’s archipelago.
  • Day 3 - Ulriksdal Palace

    We go to Ulriksdal Palace, located in the leafy environs of the National City Park. We will tour the palace and the Orangery, as well as the exquisite 18th century rococo Rococo theatre, Confidencen where today’s opera performance takes place..
  • Day 4 - Drottningholm Palace

    We sail to Lake Mälaren today to visit the Royal Palace of Drottningholm, the official residence of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Here we will enjoy the performance of Agrippina by Handel in the palace theatre.
  • Day 5 - Museum of Fine Art & Vasa

    Today we go to Sweden’s largest art museum, the recently reopened National Museum of Fine Art. Next as a complete contrast we go to the wonderful Vasa Museum to learn about the dramatic sinking of the Vasa as she sailed out of Stockholm’s harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the seabed in 1962, the Vasa extraordinarily well-preserved warship can now be enjoyed in a specially-designed museum.
  • Day 6 - Nobel Museum & flight home

    This morning we will visit the Nobel Museum, which features interactive displays with dedicated to the winners of the annual prizes first established by Swedish chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel information on the prize-winners as well as recordings of their acceptance speeches, before leaving for the airport.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 13.20 arrive Stockholm 16.55
Depart Stockholm 18.00 arrive London Heathrow 19.45

 

Departure Dates and Prices

09 Aug 2022

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Price from£2280

Single Supp.£395

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Hotel Reisen
Stockholm, Sweden, Europe

The Hotel Reisen has a great location, overlooking the harbour on the edge of the atmospheric Gamla Stan.

Music Programme

Baroque Opera In Stockholm

Where better to enjoy this dazzling duo of eighteenth century baroque rarities than in the splendid and perfect surroundings of two original 18th century theatres close to Stockholm: Confidencen and Drottningholm.


Proserpin by Joseph Martin Kraus (1781)
Confidencen Theatre, Ulriksdal Palace

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1797) was a German composer who found favour at the court of Gustaf III after his arrival in Stockholm. The King himself drafted the libretto for the opera which was first performed in Drottningholm in 1781. Proserpin then sank into oblivion but was revived for performances in Drottningholm in 1981, two hundred years after its first and only performance. Proserpin is the daughter of Jupiter and Ceres, the goddess of fertility and the opera tells of the challenges they all face when Pluto, god of the underworld, falls in love with Proserpin.


Il Giustino by Vivaldi (1724)
Drottningholm Court Theatre, Drottningholm Palace

Vivaldi’s wonderful work, full of beautiful and dazzling coloratura arias tells the story of Justin I (AD450-527) and his journey from being a farm labourer in Macedonia to becoming Emperor of the Roman Empire at the age of 70! The opera was first performed in Rome in 1724 in the Teatro Capranica. The theatre still stands on the Piazza Capranica in the Colonna district of the city.

 

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