Drottningholms Slottsteater

Festival 2019

Drottningholms Slottsteater, the Court Theatre at the World Heritage Drottningholm, opened in 1766. The theatre is the only 18th century theatre in the world with its original stage machinery still in use. We perform opera, and give family performances, concerts and guided tours, always with a touch of the 18th century.

Ariodante by G F Handel
3-17 August

Mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg has been appointed Artist in Residence at Drottningholms Slottsteater for the coming two years, and will be in a position to make her artistic mark on the theatre’s productions and share her rich experience of the Baroque repertoire.
To begin the with she will be performing the title role in Ariodante. This opera had its original première in 1735 at London’s Covent Garden, and was staged for the first time in Sweden in 1964, at Drottningholms Slottsteater.
“It feels wonderful to return to Drottningholms Slottsteater with Ariodante and with such a magnificent artistic team. This is by far the best stage on which to sing Baroque opera, and I’ve tried many.” Ann Hallenberg

ConductorIan Page
DirectorNicola Raab
Choreographer Caroline Finn
Stage and light designLinus Fellbom
CostumesGesine Völlm
Wigs and make-upSofia Ranow

Rè di Scozia • Johannes Weisser
Ginevra, his daughter, betrothed to Ariodante • Roberta Mameli
Dalinda, her attendant, secretly in love with Polinesso • Francesca Aspromonte
Ariodante, a vassal prince • Ann Hallenberg
Lurcanio, his brother • Martin Vanberg
Polinesso, Duke of Albany • Christophe Dumaux
Odoardo, favorite of the king • NN

With support from the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater via the Henrik Nordmark Foundation

The Deafness by Niklas Rådström
5-5 September

It is the evening of 23 May 1824. The Ninth Symphony has just had its second public performance. The premiere was a hit, but this time the auditorium was half-full and the reception lukewarm. Beethoven is livid. Back at home, his beloved nephew Karl, whom Beethoven has wanted to adopt as his own son, is waiting ready to receive the offended genius.

The Deafness is a gripping comedy about total pitch, emotional deafness and creation and their interaction with the living and the dead.

Director • Peter Langdal
Light design • Torben Lendorph
Stage and costume design • Magdalena Åberg
Wigs and make-up • Sofia Ranow

Beethoven • Johan Rabaeus
Karl, his nephew • Andreas T Olsson
Barbara Holzmann, Beethoven’s housekeeper • Grynet Molvig
Holz, violinist, accountant, Beethoven’s assistant • Per Svensson

String quartet from the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra
Musical director • Maria Lindal

In Swedish with English surtitles
A co-production with The Royal Dramatic Theatre

Drottningholm is within easy reach of the centre of Stockholm, and is well served by public transport.

Tickets are available online at www.dtm.se

Guided tours of the theatre

Follow our multi-lingual guides on a tour that will take you into the public rooms surrounding the auditorium, into the auditorium where the magic of the stage and the splendid decorations will come to life, and end up in the beautiful Déjeuner Salon looking out over the English garden. You will hear the sound of the thunder box and the wind machine or experience an aria and a famous orchestra piece, if there are rehearsals! A visit to Drottningholms Slottsteater will convey impressions of theatre life in the 18th century and give a better understanding of our living cultural heritage.

Daily April-October, Sat-Sun in March and November-15 December