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Opera in Sweden

Stockholm 5 nights Prices on request

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 most famous Swedish singers can often be heard in their native land at the Royal Opera. One such is the soprano Malin Byström, who is also a regular guest at Covent Garden, the Met, Salzburg and Munich.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

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


  • Day 1 - Fly to Stockholm

    We fly to Stockholm and transfer to the 4 star superior First Reisen where we stay for the duration of the tour. Beautifully located overlooking the harbour, the hotel has a welcoming atmosphere, and there are superb views from the bars and restaurant. Bedrooms are comfortably furnished.
  • Day 2 - Panoramic city tour

    We begin our stay in Stockholm with a panoramic sightseeing tour followed by a walk through the Old Town, Gamla Stan, with its mediaeval maze of narrow streets. We then go to the Royal Palace with its commanding views of the harbour. The day ends with a short cruise around the islands of Stockholm’s archipelago.
  • Day 3 - Visits to museums on art, design and the Vasa

    Today we will visit the Academy of Fine Arts and the Design Museum at the Kulturhuset Stadtsteater. Next as a complete contrast we go to the Vasa Museum. Here we learn about the dramatic events of 1628 when, after a two-year construction period, Vasa set out on her maiden voyage with 300 people on board, and after just 1,300 metres sank in Stockholm harbour. It was not until 1961 that Vasa was raised from the seabed. Today, we can enjoy the ship in its full glory.
  • Day 4 - Drottningholm

    Today is free until late afternoon when we will travel from the centre of Stockholm to Drottningholm by boat, by far the nicest way to arrive there. We will visit the palace and the romantic Chinese Pavilion, and have a tour of the theatre. Dinner will be served before the performance in the restaurant at Drottningholm.
  • Day 5 - Ulriksdal Palace

    After a free morning, we will drive to Ulriksdal Palace, located in the broad and leafy expanse of the National City Park. We will enjoy a guided tour of the palace and the Orangery before attending a performance in the exquisite 18th century rococo theatre, Confidencen.
  • Day 6 - Free time & departure

    The final morning is free before leaving for the airport.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 11.20 arrive Stockholm 14.55

Depart Stockholm 15.40 arrive London Heathrow 17.25

NB: Direct flights with SAS from Manchester are also available – please ask for details.

Departure Dates and Prices

Included Hotels


First Reisen
Stockholm, Sweden, Europe

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

Music Programme

1 June departure: the opportunity to hear two of Tchaikovsky’s greatest scores over a couple of days, Eugene Onegin on 2 June and The Sleeping Beauty on 5 June, both at the Royal Opera House, Stockholm

Optional performance: Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss with Malin Bystrom as the Marschallin £98 per ticket

3 August departure: this date includes performances at Stockholm’s two historic opera houses.
At Drottningholm, there will be very rare staging of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s one acte de ballet, Pigmalion which was first performed at the Paris Opera on 27 August 1748 (7 August).
The opera at Confidence is Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck ( 4 August)


The Opera Houses

The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera enjoys a commanding location overlooking Stockholm Harbour. It is the national stage of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies. Less than ten years after it was opened by Gustavus III, the king was assassinated in the theatre at a masked ball in 1792, an event that Verdi’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’ is based on this event.


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 200 years. It was rediscovered in 1921, 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.

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