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Opera & Ballet in Stockholm

Stockholm 5 nights Price from £2,590 per person
Departs: 31 May 2020
Departs: 31 May 2020

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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 ofpeople who sing in choirs from a very early age.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Tickets for performances as described
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

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 ofthe atmospheric Gamla Stan.
  • Day 2 - Stockholm

    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 theatre, Confidencen.
  • Day 4 - Drottningholm

    We sail to Lake Mälaren today to visit the Royal Palace of Drottningholm, the official residence of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
  • Day 5 - National Museum of Fine Art.and the 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 can nowbe enjoyed in a specially-designed museum.
  • Day 6 - Nobel Museum & departure

    This morning we will visit the Nobel Museum, which features interactive displays with 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 11.15 arrive Stockholm 14.50
Depart Stockholm 15.45 arrive London Heathrow 17.25

 

Departure Dates and Prices

31 May 2020

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Price from£2590

Single Supp.£398

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Included Hotels

Hotel

First Reisen
Stockholm, Sweden, Europe

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

Andrew Biggs

Andrew Biggs

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Music Programme

1 June: Royal Swedish Opera
La fanciulla del West by Puccini
Christof Loy’s production presents California in the days of the Gold Rush as a raw and violent place.Swedish diva Malin Byström sings the demanding and complex role of Minnie.

2 June: Royal Swedish Opera
Aida by Verdi
The title role is taken by one of Sweden’s youngest stars, Christina Nilsson, who won the coveted Renata Tebaldi Prize in 2017 and is already appearing at the world’s leading opera houses.

3 June: Royal Swedish Ballet
A Gala to mark the centenary of Les Ballets Suédois. A tribute by today’s dancers to celebrate the founding of a group of predominantly Swedish dancers in Paris. The triple bill includes Carmen by Roland Petit, La Boîte à Joujoux with music by Debussy, and Skating Rink with music by Honegger.
4 June: The Concert House (Optional Performance)
Stockholm with conductor Gustavo Gimeno and Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. £35 per ticket.
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1
Ravel: La Valse

The Opera Houses

Drottningholm

The first theatre at Drottningholm was destroyed by fire in 1762. It was rebuilt and given by Queen Lovisa Ulrika to her son, the future Gustavus III. After the king’s assassination the theatre fell into disuse and lay forgotten for more than 100 years. It was rediscovered in1921, and today it remains exactly as it was when first built, with its original colours, papier mâché walls and stucco. The stage machinery is original, including the thunder machine, still used to dramatic effect.

Theatre Confidencen, Ulriksdal

The story of how another court theatre was saved from ruin is remarkably similar to that of Drottningholm. The opera singer Kjerstin Dellert made it her personal mission to save the Rococo theatre after she first visited it in 1976. The first performance at the Theatre Confidencen took place in 1753.

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