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Handel 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 ofpeople who sing in choirs from a very early age. The holiday includes performances of two Handel 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 sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • 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 - Gamla Stan

    We begin with a guided walking tour through the old town with its mediaeval maze of narrow streets. The morning ends at Stockholm’s Royal Palace with its commanding views of the harbour. This afternoon we will visit the Nobel Museum which features interactive displays with information on the prize-winners, and recordings of their acceptance speeches.
  • 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. We will have dinner before enjoying a performance in the historic theatre.
  • 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 - 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.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

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Music Programme

4 August: Acis and Galatea by Handel
Acis and Galatea was first conceived as a one-act masque, performed for the first time in the open air in the summer of 1718 on the terraces of the Duke of Chandos’s stately home, Cannons, in Stanmore where Handel was employed as resident musician. Handel revised the opera in 1739 into a two-act work. Today the work is widely known as a pastoral opera, extolling the delights of the simple bucolic life, anironic gesture by Handel to his patron who spent, at today’s values, almost £30 million building Cannons.

5 August: Ariodante by Handel
Forgotten for more than 100 years since its first performance at the Covent Garden Theatre, London on 8 November 1735, Ariodante is now one of the most frequently performed of all Handel’s operas and contains some of his most beautiful and virtuosic composition. The role of Ariodante is sung by the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg, one of the leading baroque singers of the day. The opera is conducted by Ian Page, the founder of Classical Opera.


The Opera Houses


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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