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Welcome to XXI Stockholm Early Music Festival!

Photo: Peter Pontvik

Dearest friends,

Peace, freedom and the future are among humankind's most essential values ​​and are prerequisites for survival and integration. In the midst of this, music and art offer an embrace full of life, love and longing, one which each of us should be able to choose to receive. The tonal art of our ancestors conveys their resounding messages along dizzying centuries, clothed in beauty, ready to be retold. In a changing world, such a source of power is more than yearned for.

SEMF is proud to stage a baroque premiere in modern times! The play "Birger Jarl and Mechtild" by Gustav III, Francesco Uttini and Philip Johnsen, a "medieval baroque opera" and one of history's first staged music works in Swedish, is given at Musikaliska – a sneaky peek into Sweden's new National Stage for Early Music

With equal excitement, we welcome the world-renowned ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset, as the opening of the festival's 21st edition. The German gamba star Hille Perl invites both the Sun King and you to dancing dreams, while the English superchoir Tenebrae arouses astonishment through the wonders of polyphony. Les Passions de l’Âme from Switzerland excels through its whimsical virtuosity and Spanish-Norwegian Hirundo Maris weaves together colourful Sephardic and Scandinavian traditions. 

Ukrainian bandura playing, a male soprano, an unknown female composer in 18th-century London and medieval animal music spice up the range. For the finale, Theatre of Voices & Camerata Øresund take the stage for a euphonious northern European musical parade. In addition, there are 20 concerts, performances and seminars to discover…

Welcome to the SEMF stage, where early music is always NOW! See you in the Old Town!

Peter Pontvik
Artistic director SEMF

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