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Gothenburg Culture Festival 2022

Join us in celebrating Gothenburg Culture Festival!

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    Free admission (ticket required)

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During the Gothenburg Culture Festival on 1–4 September we present several activities.

Join the Göteborg Opera’s artists as the whole city will be filled with culture.

Free admission (tickets required).


Thursday 1 September ↓
Friday 2 September ↓
Saturday 3 September ↓
Sunday 4 September ↓

Thursday, 1 September

Guided tours
3.00–4.00pm & 5.00–6.00pm

Join us behind the scenes! Why are there TV-screens on the balconies? What happens during a blackout? Is it possible for a singer without a microphone to be heard over a full orchestra? Discover the answers to all this and more on a guided tour through the house, which will take you behind the scenes and through the auditorium.

Tickets required. Limited places available.

Friday, 2 September

Restaurant open for After work from 3.30pm
Cafés are closed.

Opera rehearsal: The Bartered Bride
Main Stage

Eavesdrop as singers and orchestra rehearse the opera The Bartered Bride together for the first time om the Main Stage. The composer is Smetana, who lived in Gothenburg for five years, and who has imbued this comic opera with irresistible charm. It offers romantic arias, lively choruses and Czech folk music. The Bartered Bride will see its premiere later this fall in a staging by director Mellika Melouani Melani, who dusts off this Czech national-romantic opera and imbues it with punky love, strong desires and violent rebellion against traditional norms.

Ticket required. Limited places available.
Learn more about The Bartered Bride here

Guided tour

Tickets required. Limited places available.

After work at the Opera

Enjoy food and drinks with a relaxed after work in the musical company of the Göteborg Opera’s singers!


Asian glass-noodle salad, roasted peanuts, chili mayonnaise, served with either deep-fried halloumi or grilled flank steak SEK 229

Tuna tartare with kimchi mayonnaise, crispy lotus root, teriyaki-poached shiitakes and tobiko (flying fish caviar), served with french fries and chili mayonnaise SEK 229

Prawn sandwich on organic Danish rye bread with horseradish and lemon mayonnaise SEK 239

Chocolate truffle SEK 59

Concert: The Göteborg Opera’s Children’s Choir

Enjoy a wonderful concert in our foyer with the Göteborg Opera’s Children’s Choir, with 30 children aged 9 to 12.

Guided tour

Tickets required. Limited places available.

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Saturday, 3 September

Café open 11.30am – 6.00pm
Restaurant closed.

Dance with baby
11:00am – 12:00pm (meet at 10:45)

A dance class for parents with babies who haven’t yet begun to crawl or walk (about 3–8 months). Learn more about Dance with baby here

Ticket required. Limited places available.

Guided tour
11.00am – 12.00pm & 12.00–1.00pm

Tickets required. Limited places available.

Chamber concert: Musical metropolis Prague

Music by Dvořák, Smetana and Suk. Our café is open all day (11.30am-8pm) – enjoy traditional Swedish fika while keeping up with everything going on at the Opera today!

Learn more about our chamber concerts here Chamber Concerts

Concert: The Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg

Prelude. Allegro vivace
Sarabande. Andante
Gavotte. Allegretto
Air. Andante religioso
Rigaudon. Allegro con brio

With string ensemble from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra. Concert Master: David Bergström.

Family concert: The Carnival of the Animals
Small Stage

Classical music by Camille Saint-Saëns – a musical parade.

Text by Claes Eriksson. Narrator: Ingahlill Wagelin. Musicians: Dieter Schöning, Alex Chojecki (violin), Franziska Wenzel (viola), Patrik Harryson (cello), Johan Ekenberg (double bass), Sabine Daniels (flute), Helena Nyman Panofsky (clarinet), Johan Bejke, Simon Trabjerg Pedersen (percussion), Karin Holm, Michel Sikesh (piano).

The text will be presented in Swedish. Tickets required. Limited places available.

Concert: Witches
Main Stage

Concert with the Göteborg Opera’s Women’s Chorus ,Daniel Ralphsson (tenor), Karin Mårtensson Ghods, Åsa Sjöblom, Micaela Sjöstedt (musical artists), Ellen Larsson (soprano), Léonie Hayes (soprano), Natallia Salavei (mezzosoprano), Ronnie Karlsson (bas). Offering insight into their intensive day-to-day work in various languages, musical styles and characters. Including excerpts from Macbeth, Hansel and Gretel, Rusalka, Witches of Eastwick.
Piano: Bernhard Greter

Ticket required. Limited places available.

Concert: Operas to long for

A taste of this season’s operas, performed by Ida Falk Winland, Ellen Larsson, Carolina Sandgren, Matilda Sterby (soloists), Erika Tordéus (mezzosoprano), Davide Giusti (tenor), Anders Lorentzson (basbaryton), David Lundqvist, Anders Wängdahl (musical artists) and pianist. Presenter: Göran Gademan

Concert: Drinking songs
Main Stage

Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Smetana: Drinking song from The Bartered Bride
Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Wagner: Introduction to act 3 and Sailor’s Chorus from Der fliegende Holländer
Bizet: Introduction to Carmen act 4
Bizet: Toreador from Carmen

With Mats Persson (baritone), Göteborg Opera’s Men’s Chorus and Göteborg Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Aivis Greters.

Ticket required. Limited places available.

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Sunday, 4 September

Restaurant open for brunch 11.30am – 3.00pm and will serve shrimp sandwiches in the interval for Rigoletto.
Opera Bar opens 1.00pm
Café open 1.30–3.00pm

Awards ceremony: Näverlur (birch trumpet) of the Year

Annual cultural award to the individual or group working in the Nordic region that has done most to promote herders’ music and traditional horn playing in the Nordic folk music tradition.

Guided tour
11.00am – 12.00pm

Tickets required. Limited places available.

Brunch at the Opera
11.30am – 3.00pm

Brunch accompanied by musical entertainment 12–2.00pm, performed by musical students from the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg and the Performing Arts School.

Brunch menu

Eggs Royal: poached egg, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, and toast SEK 159
Add pommes frites SEK 49

Moules frites SEK 198

Steak frites: Entrecôte, bearnaise and tomato salad SEK 289

Tuna tartar with kimchi mayonnaise, crispy lotus root, teriyaki-cooked shiitake mushroom, tobiko roe and pommes frites SEK 249

Avocado tartar with tomato variation, pickled onions and toast SEK 149
Add burrata SEK 69
Add smoked salmon SEK 69

Whipped mascarpone cream, blackberry meringue, crispy nut base and blackberries SEK 119

Ice cream/sorbet, flavour of the day SEK 59

The Opera’s chocolate truffle SEK 59

Guided tour

Tickets required. Limited places available.

Dance: Of lost and wild roses by Lea Ved
1.00pm – 1.30pm & 2.30–3.00pm
Small Stage

Creation by Lea Ved from Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) for three dancers in GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. The creation had its world premiere in May, 2022 and was the first collaboration between the two prestigious dance companies is a platform for choreographic exchange that shines the spotlight on new female choreographers.

Learn more here

Ticket required. Limited places available.

Opera: Rigoletto
Main Stage

“World-class” Dagens Nyheter
“Go and see this masterpiece!” Borås Tidning
“Excellent performances” Göteborgs-Posten 

Tickets required. Limited places available.

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