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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Season opening 2020

Season Opening with The Firebird: Dreams, dances and roller-coasters.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra opens its regular concert season under the baton of Andrew Manze.

Katarina Leyman’s Roller Coaster: Super 8 is inspired by Beethoven’s eighth symphony and childhood experiences on the roller coaster at Gothenburg’s Liseberg amusement park. But this music is not merely a simple illustration of a roller coaster; rather, as Katarina Leyman herself says, “It captures the exhilaration and perhaps the worry one may feel on a ride like that, an adventure at an amusement park or in life …”. 

Another adventure for the listener is represented by Britten’s Les Illuminations for soprano (or tenor) and strings. The music set to Rimbaud’s sensual poems is both dreamy and dramatic. Les Illuminations soon became one of Britten’s most appreciated works. The celebrated Swedish soprano soloist Hanna Husáhr has in recent time interpreted for instance Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at the Bergen opera in Norway and Pat Nixon in John Adam’s Nixon in China at the Royal Swedish Opera. 

Dance is the starting point of Stravinsky’s dazzlingly colourful The Firebird – the first of the three great ballets he composed for the impressario Diaghilev and his Russian Ballet. It is based on the russian tale about Prince Ivan, who enters an enchanted garden. There’s a magnificent apple tree and every night it gets visited by the flamboyant Firebird who eats from the golden apples that bring eternal youth, beauty and happiness.

  • The music

  • Katarina Leyman Roller Coaster: Super 8
  • Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations
  • Igor Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Andrew Manze conductor
  • Hanna Husáhr soprano
  • H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria speaker

About the video

  • From a livestream 17 September 2020.
  • The video is approximately one hour.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Season opening 2020

Season Opening with The Firebird: Dreams, dances and roller-coasters.

About the video

  • From a livestream 17 September 2020.
  • The video is approximately one hour.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra opens its regular concert season under the baton of Andrew Manze.

Katarina Leyman’s Roller Coaster: Super 8 is inspired by Beethoven’s eighth symphony and childhood experiences on the roller coaster at Gothenburg’s Liseberg amusement park. But this music is not merely a simple illustration of a roller coaster; rather, as Katarina Leyman herself says, “It captures the exhilaration and perhaps the worry one may feel on a ride like that, an adventure at an amusement park or in life …”. 

Another adventure for the listener is represented by Britten’s Les Illuminations for soprano (or tenor) and strings. The music set to Rimbaud’s sensual poems is both dreamy and dramatic. Les Illuminations soon became one of Britten’s most appreciated works. The celebrated Swedish soprano soloist Hanna Husáhr has in recent time interpreted for instance Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at the Bergen opera in Norway and Pat Nixon in John Adam’s Nixon in China at the Royal Swedish Opera. 

Dance is the starting point of Stravinsky’s dazzlingly colourful The Firebird – the first of the three great ballets he composed for the impressario Diaghilev and his Russian Ballet. It is based on the russian tale about Prince Ivan, who enters an enchanted garden. There’s a magnificent apple tree and every night it gets visited by the flamboyant Firebird who eats from the golden apples that bring eternal youth, beauty and happiness.

  • The music

  • Katarina Leyman Roller Coaster: Super 8
  • Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations
  • Igor Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Andrew Manze conductor
  • Hanna Husáhr soprano
  • H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria speaker

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Konserthuset Stockholm’s fundraising for the UNHCR – support the Ukrainian people

All donations are passed on in full to the UNHCR and the Ukrainian people. Use Swish number 123 408 85 63 or make your donation via our booking system. Warm thanks!

Genre: Chamber music

The RSPO Orchestra Academy in French Music

The young musicians of the RSPO Orchestra Academy of the year 2019/20 play music by Ravel, Britten and more.

Genre: Chamber music

Lied Concert

Alma Mahler – mythical and admired, but also slandered. Katija Dragojevic sings her moody songs. Cornelia Beskow interprets Gösta Nystroem and Benjamin Britten. With pianist Magnus Svensson.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky Petrushka

The music to the great ballets Rite of Spring, The Firebird and Petrushka are Stravinsky’s best known and most played works. Here is the concert version of the latter, performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.

Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Dollhouse with Martin Fröst

Dollhouse is a unique concert creation by clarinetist Martin Fröst – a fusion of music, choreography and light that far surpasses conventions. This concert centres on movement.