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.
Agrippina by G F Handel
7-21 August 2021
Composed for the 1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, Agrippina is an ironic comedy of power and eroticism with a strong woman in the title role. The plot is borrowed from Roman history and centres on the megalomaniac empress Agrippina, who is plotting to secure the imperial throne for her son Nerone following the death of the emperor ClaudioDespite its 300 years, the opera still packs an appeal for modern audiences.
Ann Hallenberg, Artist in Residence at Drottningholms Slottsteater 2019-2020, sings the title role and has been involved in the choice of work, singers and artistic team.
Conductor • Francesco Corti
Director • Staffan Valdemar Holm
Costumes and stage design • Bente Lykke Møller
Light design • Torben Lendorph
Wigs and make-up • Sofia Ranow
concert 28 August 2021
Ann Hallenberg is Drottningholms Slottsteaters Artist in Residence. In this solo concerto Dopo notte, she presents her Baroque favorites. Emotions swell and the waves roll. After nightfall, the sun finally rises.
“I'm at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. The orchestra tunes in to Stà nell’Ircana from Handel’s Alcina and I glance down at the audience from the stage. The first line is a wonderful sight: well-groomed men's shoes, neat pumps, boots, sneakers. And suddenly all the feet tilt in time with the horns. Baroque music is immediate. It nestles into our bodies with its rhythmic beat and its languorous tones. There are great emotions and great expressions and we have to capitulate and shake our feet.”
Artist in Residence
17.30 Pre-concert talk in the Déjeuner Salon • Holger Schmitt-Hallenberg, musicologist
19.00 Donne disprezzate - concert
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano
Conductor • Stefano Montanari
The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra
Director • Tuvalisa Rangström
21.15 Post-concert talk in the Déjeuner Salon • Ann Hallenberg and Stefano Montanari
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.
See www.dtm.se for opening hours.