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SEMF 2022

Stockholm Early Music Festival 2022
1st- 6th June • Old Town

Sunday 29 May 2022

Stortorget | Photo: © Ricardo Atienza

OPENING PERFORMANCE

EARLY MUSIC SOUNDSCAPES

WELCOME TO STORTORGET! Sound transmission did not wait for the invention of microphones. From the earliest times, composers have been depicting in music their daily surroundings and environments and sonically described their urban atmospheres. Selected historical musical fragments and local soundscape elements will combine to form a living sonic fresco, recreating and evoking the atmospheres and situations that may have inhabited Stortorget in the past.

In collaboration with Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

11:00 - 11:30The Old Town Main Square

Stortorget | Photo: © Ricardo Atienza

OPENING PERFORMANCE

EARLY MUSIC SOUNDSCAPES

WELCOME TO STORTORGET! Sound transmission did not wait for the invention of microphones. From the earliest times, composers have been depicting in music their daily surroundings and environments and sonically described their urban atmospheres. Selected historical musical fragments and local soundscape elements will combine to form a living sonic fresco, recreating and evoking the atmospheres and situations that may have inhabited Stortorget in the past.

In collaboration with Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

15:00 - 15:30The Old Town Main Square
Wednesday 1 June 2022 - Monday 6 June 2022

XXI SEMF 2022 | Photo: Stockholm Early Music Festival

LIVE-STREAMING OCH SEMFESTIVALPASS 2022

XXI Stockholm Early Music Festival 2022

 

A) INFORMATION ON PURCHASING ON-SITE SEMFESTIVAL PASSES

The SEMFestival pass gives you entry to Stockholm Early Music Festival 2022. IMPORTANT! The unpredictable world situation could affect the festival's programme content, so in purchasing the Online SEMFestival pass you accept the scope and offerings of the event in its final form 1-6 June.

In the German Church, holders of festival passes can choose a dedicated place (same place for all evening concerts) within lines 5-6-7 in the A-section. At the  Musikaliska Concert Hall you will be assigned a seat after arrival, within the SEMFestivalpass-sector. At SEMF's other arenas, there are no seat numbers. We ask SEMFestival passholders to show up no less than 15 minutes before the concert!

HOW DO I BUY MY ON-SITE SEMFestival PASS? You can buy the festival pass by clicking on the ’Buy ticket’ button to the right. You can then exchange a print-out of your electronic ticket for a physical SEMFestival pass at SEMF's ticket office at Mäster Olofsgården, Svartmangatan 6,  which is open during the festival week, 1-6 June. You can also order your SEMFestival pass by calling 072-224 42 42 during SEMF's phone hours, weekends and Tuesdays at 10.00-12.00 and Thursdays at 13.00-15.00. You will then receive an invoice by post. After payment, you can pick up your physical SEMFestival pass at SEMF's ticket office.

SEMFestival PASSES PRICE AND VALIDITY. The SEMFestival pass costs 2580 kr. A printed copy of SEMF's festival programme book is included in the price! Please note that the number of festival passes is limited and that the pass is valid for all events except the Early Late Night Concert and BabyBaroque. NOTE! Regarding the opera Birger Jarl and Mechtild, the pass only applies to the performance on Monday 6 June at 15.30.

PS: You can of course also buy individual tickets to your favorite concerts!

B) INFORMATION ABOUT TICKET PURCHASES FOR ONLINE LIVE STREAMING

Live streaming is a complement to the on-site experience. Listen and watch selected SEMF concerts live via the internet!

HOW DO I BUY MY ONLINE LIVE STREAMING TICKET? You can already buy a ticket for the live streaming of your favourite concert today! Under the ’Programme’ tab and to the right of each programme item that is available for broadcast (under the usual ’Buy ticket’ button), you will find a BLUE ’Live streaming’ button. When you click on it, you will come to a page where you buy a link to the concert. The price for the live-streamed experience is 10 €, corresponding to about 102 kr, which you can pay by credit card. You will then automatically receive an email to your specified email address, with the link to the live-streamed concert.

HOW DO I BUY MY ONLINE LIVE STREAMING SEMFESTIVAL PASS? You do this by clicking on the BLUE ’Live streaming’ button HERE on the right. The price for all live-streamed concert experiences is a total of 50 €, corresponding to approximately 508 kr. IMPORTANT! The unpredictable development of the Covid-19 pandemic could still affect the festival's programme content, so in purchasing the Online SEMFestival Pass you accept the scope and offerings of the event in its final form 1-6 June.

If you miss the live broadcast time, you can, by clicking on the blue buttons, and for 30 days from the event, purchase the link to the recorded concert through the same procedure.

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19:00 - 21:00Buy ticketLive streaming
Wednesday 1 June 2022

XXI SEMF 2022 | Photo: © Iman Khayyatan

Etienne de Goneville | Photo: © Frankrikes Ambassad

XXI Stockholm Early Music Festival 2022 is inaugurated. Welcome!

Opening words by Mr. Etienne de Goneville, Ambassador of France to Sweden.

Participation during the opening ceremony requires a valid ticket for the opening concert at 8 pm.

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19:30 - 19:55The German Church

Christophe Rousset | Photo: © Marc Pellerin

Les Talens Lyriques | Photo: © Eric Larrayadieu

Do not miss SEMF's inauguration with conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, a passionate world artist with a penchant for opera and the rediscovery of Europe's musical heritage. Les Talens Lyriques sheds light on the great masterpieces of music history as well as on rarely played gems. "Europe sans frontières" - a borderless Europe - opens up for Baroque music’s international, mutual inspiration, composed by J S Bach, A. Campra and G. B. Pergolesi.

In cooperation with The Embassy of France.

TICKETS: 100/290/430/490 SEK

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Les Talens Lyriques

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchBuy ticketLive streaming
Thursday 2 June 2022

Vassilis Bolonassos | Photo: © Mattias Ahlm, SR

MEET the Swedish Radio profile VASSILIS BOLONASSOS. 

In Swedish.  

TICKETS: 100 SEK

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Vassilis Bolonassos

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Babybarock | Photo: @Johan Westin

Children's songs and instrumental music for the very smallest ones. Sing, listen and dance togehter with your child in this concert of early music nature. Heidi Rohlin Westin is a freelance musician and recorder player. Alexander Lundberg is an organ player and choir conductor, educated in Malmö and Paris. 

For children 3-7 months and parents. We are sitting on carpets on the floor. Please have with you your own towel or a lilttle blanket for your child. In Swedish.

TICKETS: 50 SEK (adults).

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Heidi Rohlin Westin

14:00 - 14:30The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Bohdan Shutka | Photo: ©Markus Morianz

The Next Generation

Bohdan Shutka

Cossack Baroque

The Ucranian bandura can be traced back to the 7th century, accompanying religious psalms. During the renaissance and the baroque era it became very popular at the courts of the Cossacs. A unique opportunity to discover this 64-stringed instrument, performed by the young talented Ucranian, Vienna resident, bandura-player Bohdan Shutka!

In cooperation with the Embassy of Austria

TICKETS: 120/250 SEK

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Bohdan Shutka

17:30 - 18:30The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Hille Perl | Photo: © Uwe Arens

Hille Perl is considered one of the world's foremost viola da gamba players. Specialising in solo and ensemble music from the 17th and 18th centuries, she also became known through her participation as a gambist in the 2017 film "Happy End". The Sun King Ludwig XIV loved to have access to music around the clock, which meant that the court's musicians must be available from morning to night. Follow us into the king's room where music by Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray comes to life - on Hill's seven strings but also on Andreas Arend's lute and in Steven Player's baroque dance steps.

In cooperation with Goethe-Institutet

TICKETS: 100/250/390/450 SEK

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Hille Perl   Andreas Arend   Steven Player

20:00 - 22:00The German ChurchBuy ticketLive streaming
Friday 3 June 2022

Babybarock | Photo: @Johan Westin

Children's songs and instrumental music for the very smallest ones. Sing, listen and dance togehter with your child in this concert of early music nature. Heidi Rohlin Westin is a freelance musician and recorder player. Alexander Lundberg is an organ player and choir conductor, educated in Malmö and Paris. 

For children 3-7 months and parents. We are sitting on carpets on the floor. Please have with you your own towel or a lilttle blanket for your child. In Swedish.

TICKETS:  50 SEK (adults).

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Heidi Rohlin Westin

10:00 - 10:30The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Babybarock | Photo: @Johan Westin

Children's songs and instrumental music for the very smallest ones. Sing, listen and dance togehter with your child in this concert of early music nature. Heidi Rohlin Westin is a freelance musician and recorder player. Alexander Lundberg is an organ player and choir conductor, educated in Malmö and Paris. 

For children 8-12 months and parents. We are sitting on carpets on the floor. Please have with you your own towel or a lilttle blanket for your child. In Swedish.

TICKETS: 50 SEK (adults).

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Heidi Rohlin Westin

11:00 - 11:30The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Aleksandra Pister | Photo: © Tomas Terekas

When Swedish Vasa dynasty ruled Lithuania at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, it was a time of musical prosperity. Learn more about their magnificent celebrations and international chapel of musicians - among the best in Europe! Dr. Aleksandra Pister is a Lithuanian musicologist and a specialist in the fields of Renaissance and Baroque music, especially the musical heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

In English.

BILJETTER: 100 kr

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Aleksandra Pister (FB)

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

La Petite Écurie | Photo: ©Franz Gleiss

Five phenomenal, blade-sharp young blues musicians specialising in time-honoured instruments make up La Petite Écurie, an oboe band popular in the 1700s. On the programme is music by James Paisable and Henry Purcell, from a collection belonging to the English queen, Anna Stuart (1707-1714).

TICKETS: 120/250 SEK

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La Petite Écurie

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Tenebrae | Photo: ©Sim Cannetty-Clarke

Welcome to one of the festival's absolute highlights, finally visiting Stockholm! With a razor-sharp and at the same time silky driving sound, Tenebrae, under the musical direction of Nigel Short, has captured the hearts of listeners.  Their interpretation of Tomás Luis de Victoria's Requiem from 1603, an indisputable masterpiece that represents to many the Renaissance polyphony essence, led to the BBC Magazine Reward award.  Music by Alonso Lobo is also included in the program.

TICKETS: 100/290/430/490 SEK

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Tenebrae

20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchBuy ticketLive streaming

Jonatan Bougt & Kristine West | Photo: ©Sandra Vijandi, Elias Gammelgård

At the Early Late Night Concert, you lie down comfortably on a mattress while listening to relaxing early music! A nighttime French-Swedish baroque encounter between baroque flute and theorbo awaits - maybe in Luis XIV’s private bedchamber. Teorbo player Jonatan Bougt is known for his graceful playing and Kristine West, baroque flute, is well established on the national music stage of Sweden, and internationally as a soloist and ensemble musician. Music by Hoteterre, de Visée and Düben.

TICKETS: 190 SEK - The SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert.

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Jonatan Bougt

Kristine West

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket
Saturday 4 June 2022

YoungEMpower | Photo: ©Iman Khayyatan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance of the musical history of the song ”La Folia”. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from justnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF-produced time adventure for everyone aged 6 years and up. 

In Swedish. Also performed 5th and 6th of June, 11 am.

TICKETS: 50 SEK (children) / 100 SEK (adults)

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11:00 - 11:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket

Simon och Maria O'Dwyer | Photo: © O`Dwyer

Through captivating storytelling as well as music-making, this performance takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the ancient Irish instruments and different eras. Simon O’Dwyer has dedicated his life’s work to the study and reconstruction of prehistoric musical instruments. Listen to Bronze Age horns and trumpets, Iron Age trumpets, Early Medieval horns and bodhrán!

TICKETS: 120 SEK

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Ancient Music Ireland

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Simon och Maria O'Dwyer | Photo: @ O'Dwyer

An informal hour with Simon O'Dwyer and Maria Cullen O'Dwyer, where audience participation is encouraged, particularly if there are flute, trombone or trumpet players amongst them! Playing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, and a story from a legend reveals the power of the undulating one note drone from the Iron Age!

TICKETS: 100 SEK

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Ancient Music Ireland

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Photo: © Iman Khayyatan

EARLY STAGE - Public Dress Rehearsal

BIRGER JARL OCH MECHTILD (UTTINI/JOHNSEN)

A milestone in Swedish music history is re-emerging. Singing soloists, dancers, choir and orchestra perform one of history's first operas in Swedish. "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" is a "medieval baroque opera", a play written for libretto in 1774 by Gustav III with music by Francesco Uttini and Philip Johnsen. The fascinating story of the Danish princess Mechtild's marriage to Birger Jarl, according to the founder of Erikskrönikan Stockholm, is in focus.

In this abbreviated staging, the divertissement Æglé, an "opera within an opera" constitutes the main part. Here, Birger Jarl and Mechtild change their characters into mythological creatures, as in a role-playing game.

In the roles: Thomas Volle, Helena Schuback and Minna Nyberg; dancers; the vocal ensemble VoNo; and ensemble Orfeus Barock. Directed by Mark Tatlow. Choreography by Patrik Sörling.

A unique opportunity to discover Swedish baroque opera and a sneak peek onto a new National stage for early music!

NOTE: for SEMFestival pass holders, only Monday's 6/6 3.30 pm performance of "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" applies.

In cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Drottningholms Slottsteater.

Public Dress Rehearsal. TICKETS: 160 SEK

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15:30 - 16:45Musikaliska, Stora salen Buy ticket

Nicolò Balducci | Photo: © Paolo Donato

A rare guest performance! The young Italian superstar singer Nicolò Balducci is a sought after sopranist (male soprano) and countertenor. "Kastrapolis" was an alternative name for the city of Neapel, known for its castrates since the 1500s - they were thought to bridge the gap between masculine and feminine, and were therefore often called "angelic". Music by A. Scarlatti, L. Leo, Prosile and many more. Accompanied by the Ensemble Dolci Affetti, led by Dan Laurin and Anna Paradiso. 

TICKETS: 120/250 SEK

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Nicolò Balducci

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Le Passions de l'Âme | Photo: @ GuillaumePerret

Les Passions de l'Âme 'Switzerland's most renowned baroque ensemble", under the direction of violinist Meret Lüthi, has created a different and fresh orchestral sound where lively interpretations of historical instruments and witty programs arouse curiosity in 17th and 18th century tonal art. With a great wealth of ideas, varied dances, sumptuous instrumentation and a true sense of humour, Heinrich Biber's compositions once again prove to be a multifaceted spectacle!

In cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland

TICKETS: 100/290/430/490 SEK

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Les Passions de l'Âme

20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchBuy ticketLive streaming

Jonatan Bougt & Kristine West | Photo: © Sandra Vijandi, Elias Gammelgård

At the Early Late Night Concert, you lie down comfortably on a mattress while listening to relaxing early music! A nighttime French-Swedish baroque encounter between baroque flute and theorbo awaits - maybe in Luis XIV’s private bedchamber. Teorbo player Jonatan Bougt is known for his graceful playing and Kristine West, baroque flute, is well established on the national music stage of Sweden, and internationally as a soloist and ensemble musician. Music by Hoteterre, de Visée and Düben.

TICKETS: 190 SEK - The SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert.

Subject to change!

Jonatan Bougt

Kristine West

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket
Sunday 5 June 2022

YoungEMpower | Photo: © Iman Khayyatan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance of the musical history of the song ”La Folia”. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from justnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF-produced time adventure for everyone aged 6 years and up. 

In Swedish.

TICKETS: 50 SEK (children) / 100 SEK (adults) 

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11:00 - 11:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket

Lorenzen-Tribukait-Carlsson | Photo: © Jean Laffitau © Eva-Tea Lundberg © Tribukait

Heavenly and earthly beauty – in the medieval and renaissance Europe many strived to portray it musically. Listen to song, portative organ, harpsichord, slide trumpet and sackbut and enjoy the master's Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay och Josquin des Prez interpretation of the aesthetics.

TICKETS: 120 SEK

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Bengt Tribukait   Kathrin Lorenzen

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

J J Bach - signature |

Court and military musicians of the 18th century lived a sometimes dangerous life. The history of Johan Sebastian Bach's big brother Johann Jacob is like an adventure novel. He followed his king to war regions as Ucrania or Turkey, and ended his days in Stockholm. Owe Ander is Associate Professor in Musicology at Stockholm University.

In Swedish.

TICKETS: 100 SEK

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Owe Ander

14:00 - 15:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Photo: ©Iman Khayyatan

A milestone in Swedish music history is re-emerging. Singing soloists, dancers, choir and orchestra perform one of history's first operas in Swedish. "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" is a "medieval baroque opera", a play written for libretto in 1774 by Gustav III with music by Francesco Uttini and Philip Johnsen. The fascinating story of the Danish princess Mechtild's marriage to Birger Jarl, according to the founder of Erikskrönikan Stockholm, is in focus.

In this abbreviated staging, the divertissement Æglé, an "opera within an opera" constitutes the main part. Here, Birger Jarl and Mechtild change their characters into mythological creatures, as in a role-playing game.

In the roles: Thomas Volle, Helena Schuback and Minna Nyberg; dancers; the vocal ensemble VoNo; and ensemble Orfeus Barock. Directed by Mark Tatlow. Choreography by Patrik Sörling.

A unique opportunity to discover Swedish baroque opera and a sneak peek onto a new National stage for early music!

NOTE: for SEMFestival pass holders, only Monday's 6/6 3.30 pm performance of "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" applies.

In cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Drottningholms Slottsteater.

TICKETS: 295 SEK

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15:30 - 16:45Musikaliska, Stora salen Buy ticketLive streaming

Brustna Hjärtan Barock | Photo: ©Rikard Karlsson

Few female baroque composers are known and played today, but over time women's composition has become more visible. Get to know three exciting names in this concert: 1700s Londoner Mrs. Philharmonica, who composed under this pseudonym; the Italian nun Isabella Leonarda; and the French musician Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Members of Brustna Hjärtan Barock specialise in early music and have been educated at universities in Bremen, Basel and Stockholm.

TICKETS: 120/250 SEK

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Brustna Hjärtan Barock

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Hirundo Maris | Photo: © Hirundo Maris

A ballad can tell the love story of a girl from the Mediterranean who wins the heart of a Nordic prince. The musician couple Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen take us, together with Svenung Lilleheier, Miguel Angel Cordero, David Mayoral, on a journey through time and space to create a distinctly unique universe of sound and poetry. Songs from the South and from the North build early musical bridges between the Sephardic and Scandinavian cultures, across seas that have united Scandinavia with the Iberian Peninsula since time immemorial.

TICKETS: 100/250/390/450 SEK

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Hirundo Maris

20:30 - 22:30The German ChurchBuy ticketLive streaming

Jonatan Bougt & Kristine West | Photo: © Sandra Vijandi, Elias Gammelgård

At the Early Late Night Concert, you lie down comfortably on a mattress while listening to relaxing early music! A nighttime French-Swedish baroque encounter between baroque flute and theorbo awaits - maybe in Luis XIV’s private bedchamber. Teorbo player Jonatan Bougt is known for his graceful playing and Kristine West, baroque flute, is well established on the national music stage of Sweden, and internationally as a soloist and ensemble musician. Music by Hoteterre, de Visée and Düben.

TICKETS: 190 SEK - The SEMFestivalpass is not valid for this concert.

Subject to change!

Jonatan Bougt

Kristine West

23:00 - 23:45The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket
Monday 6 June 2022

YoungEMpower | Photo: @Iman Khayyahtan

An interactive crazy somersault in time, as well as an imaginative performance of the musical history of the song ”La Folia”. Join two dancers and three musicians on their journey from justnow to alongtimeago. A SEMF-produced time adventure for everyone aged 6 years and up. 

In Swedish.

TICKETS: 50 SEK (children) / 100 SEK (adults)

Subject to change.

11:00 - 11:45The Royal ArmouryBuy ticket

What is a Surprise Concert? You know neither the artist nor the programme but you come anyway. Because you are curious. Because it’s exciting. Because everything old is always new at SEMF!

TICKETS: 120:- SEK

12:00 - 13:00The Stockholm Cathedral Parish HallBuy ticket

Photo: © Iman Khayyatan

A milestone in Swedish music history is re-emerging. Singing soloists, dancers, choir and orchestra perform one of history's first operas in Swedish. "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" is a "medieval baroque opera", a play written for libretto in 1774 by Gustav III with music by Francesco Uttini and Philip Johnsen. The fascinating story of the Danish princess Mechtild's marriage to Birger Jarl, according to the founder of Erikskrönikan Stockholm, is in focus.

In this abbreviated staging, the divertissement Æglé, an "opera within an opera" constitutes the main part. Here, Birger Jarl and Mechtild change their characters into mythological creatures, as in a role-playing game.

In the roles: Thomas Volle, Helena Schuback and Minna Nyberg; dancers; the vocal ensemble VoNo; and ensemble Orfeus Barock. Directed by Mark Tatlow. Choreography by Patrik Sörling.

A unique opportunity to discover Swedish baroque opera and a sneak peek onto a new National stage for early music!

NOTE: for SEMFestival pass holders, only this performance of "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" applies.

In cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Drottningholms Slottsteater.

TICKETS: 295 SEK

Subject to change.

15:30 - 16:45Musikaliska, Stora salen Buy ticket

La Reverdie | Photo: ©La Reverdie

The fascinating animal world inspired medieval art and literature, and also music. This programme gives an insight into the huge variation of mammals, birds and fish which could inspire creativity at that time. The energetic and enthusiastic ensemble laReverdie was founded in 1986 by two sisters and has since enjoyed a long and fulfilling international career.

TICKETS: 120/250 SEK

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laReverdie

18:00 - 19:00The Finnish Church Buy ticket

Theatre of Voices & Camerata Øresund |

Two of Denmark's foremost baroque ensembles conclude the festival with sound works by H. Purcell, G. P. Telemann and J. S. Bach. The award-winning, internationally active vocal group Theatre of Voices is paired in this concert with an energetic Camerata Øresund, led by the eminent violinist Peter Spissky. The concert's musical paths go through northern Europe, from British delight, via the liturgical Scandinavia, to the blessing of Father Bach himself.

TICKETS: 100/250/390/450 SEK

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Theatre of Voices

Camerata Øresund

19:30 - 20:45The German ChurchBuy ticket