Exclusive auction at the Royal Swedish Opera

By on October 24, 2018
Pegasus by Lars-Åke Thessman from Orlando. Photo: Ida Borg

Exclusive auction at the Royal Swedish Opera – significant from the opera house’s performance history. 

The Royal Swedish Opera’s collection is unique and contains pieces of exemplary craftsmanship from the Opera’s own workshops. On October 24, the Royal Opera in Stockholm will open the doors to the Golden Foyer, for an exclusive auction of more than 50 carefully selected items, several of which are considered to be among the most significant from the opera house’s performance history.

Among the objects is Cinderella’s carriage from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, principle dancer Anneli Alhanko’s Toreador suit from the ballet The Toreador and Lars Wallin’s famous costume for Jurgita Dronina in the ballet Gustav III. The auction will also include a number of beautiful objects that have been used in the sets of the Opera’s performances.

The Royal Swedish Opera’s costume department has a unique position as one of the few remaining opera house tailoring workshops in the world. Everything is still made from scratch. Each costume is sewn specifically for a role – and a singer or dancer. And the costumes are frequently designed by famous names.

The proceeds from the Opera’s sales and auctions go to its activities for children and young people.

Below is a brief description of some of the items that will be auctioned in Guldfoajén at the Royal Swedish Opera on October 24 at 6.30 pm, led by famous auctioneer from Barnebys’, Pontus Silfverstolpe. Thanks to Stockholms Auktionsverk, it will also be possible to bid online (closing at 5.00 pm).

You can bid here »


Facts about the objects: 

Cinderella’s carriage
Ballet premiered April 20, 1991, with set design by David Walker and choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton. Nice picture with Marie Lindqvist and Anders Nordström, as well as dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet. Bring the children to see and sit in Cinderella’s carriage.
Starting bid: 100 000 SEK

Principle dancer Jurgita Dronina’s costume from Gustav IIIThe ballet premiered on March 28, 2008. Design by Lars Wallin and choreography by Patrice Bart. Genuine Swarovski crystals on the costume. Jurgita Dronina began her career with the Royal Swedish Ballet and has gone on to become a great star in the international ballet world.
Starting bid: 10 000 SEK

Gold bars from Das Rheingold, signed by Nina Stemme
“The gold” from the opera Das Rheingold from set designed by Bente Lykke Möller. Signed by Nina Stemme during the award ceremony for the Birgit Nilsson Prize on October 11, 2018.

Starting bid: 3 000 SEK

Anneli Alhanko’s costume from The Toreador
The ballet The Toreador premiered on April 22, 1978. Design by Kerstin Hedeby and choreography by Flemming Flindt. Archive photos available.
Starting bid: 4 000 SEK

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