Go to the site's main content

Gothenburg Culture Festival 2022

Join us in celebrating Gothenburg Culture Festival!

  • Length


  • Where

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Price

    Free admission (ticket required)

  • Accessibility

Ticket release 29 Aug @ 10am

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

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 på Operan

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.

Back to top ↑

Saturday, 3 September

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.

Children’s concert: The Carnival of the Animals
Small Stage

Classical music by Camille Saint-Saëns – a musical parade of fantastic beasts. Recommended for children 5–10 years old.

With 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, Heroines, Cunning Women
Main Stage

Concert with the Göteborg Opera’s Women’s Chorus, offering insight into their intensive day-to-day work in various languages, musical styles and characters. Including excerpts from Madama Butterfly, Die Walküre, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ticket required. Limited places available.

Concert: Operas to long for
Small Stage

A taste of this season’s operas, performed by the Göteborg Opera’s soloists and pianist. Program and participants TBA.

Ticket required. Limited places available.

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.

Back to top ↑

Sunday, 4 September

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
11.30 am – 3.00pm

Brunch accompanied by musical entertainment between 12noon and 14:00, by musical students from the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg and the Performing Arts School. Book your table here

Guided tour

Tickets required. Limited places available.

Dance: Of lost and wild roses by Lea Ved
11.30am – 12.00pm & 1.00–1.30pm
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.

Learn all about Rigoletto

Back to top ↑

Ticketed events at the Göteborg Opera

No results