Royal Swedish Opera (Kungliga Teatern) is the national Opera of the country located on the Eastern side of the square Gustav Adolfs torg. The Opera was founded by King Gustav III in 1773. Then the first opera in Sweden was performed in Swedish on its stage. The official opening of the Opera house took place in 1782, and a century later, the Opera moved into a new building.
During the first years after the foundation, the theater was a place of carnivals and masquerades. Then the entrance to the theatre was open to all comers for a small fee, it was only necessary to wear a mask. It was during one of these masquerades, that the King Gustav III was fatally wounded; and several years later his son, the King Gustav Adolf IV decided to close the Opera. The theatre reopened its doors in 1809, and in 1892, the construction of a new building of the Opera house began, and seven years later, it was opened by King Oscar II.
The Opera house is a magical neo-classical building with a magnificent gold foyer and elegant majestic marble staircase leading to the three-tier hall. The building represents one of the finest examples of modern architecture. Ballets, musicals and operettas are staged at the Royal Opera in addition to Opera performances. The Royal Swedish Opera is indeed an Opera house of the world class and an integral part of the night life of Stockholm.
Gustav Adolfs torg 2, 103 22 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 791 44 00