Opera for the people – in Swedish!
Folkoperan is the small opera house for everyone. We are driven by the determination to develop the art of opera, through new expression and unexpected interfaces. We work across artistic borders with opera and explore our age in depth through narrative. And we sing in Swedish. This enables us to come closer to our audience, closer to the story being told and to create new perspectives. At Folkoperan you can experience fearless opera, in its own way.
Opera for all
The founders of Folkoperan had a vision of making opera something for everyone. A vision we have been nurturing since 1976. We are passionate about bringing opera to a wider audience irrespective of age, background or experience. At Folkoperan we create opera that everyone can relate to in their own way. Opera that becomes people's opera and a platform for introspection and how you see the world.
Opera that develops its times
The art of opera was born in the early 17th Century, when people began to bring music, theatre and dance together under one roof. From day one at Folkoperan we have viewed opera in this way, as a place to bring together different forms of art. We are driven by a desire to renew the art of opera and reflect our times by being open to different expressions and curious about bringing them together. When you dare to experiment with ideas and art forms you can create new worlds. This kind of opera is part of its age and develops in tandem with it.
Opera that breaks barriers
In an age of constant impressions the art of opera needs to have a voice of its own and be prepared to stand out. We believe in opera that refuses to bow to convention. Opera that refuses to acknowledge boundaries and which demonstrates artistic daring. We want to inspire people to dare to feel, dare to show and dare to tell. A kind of opera that can challenge narrow minded views of art, society and people.
Welcome to Folkoperan – fearless opera that investigates, develops and challenges contemporary society.
Folkoperan was founded in 1976 by Claes Fellbom, Kerstin Nerbe and Krister Fagerström as an independent music and theatre group. Since 1993 our working structure has been as a theatre institute. This means that Folkoperan receives annual funding from the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm County Council and the City of Stockholm.
The Folkoperan management consists of Pia Kronqvist (Managing Director, Mellika Melouani Melani (Artistic Director) and Marit Strindlund (Music Director, Chief Conductor from August 1 2013).
Stiftelsen Folkoperan (The Folkoperan Foundation) is the sole shareholder in Folkoperan AB. Folkoperan is managed by Folkoperan AB.
The following are members of the Folkoperan AB board: Eva Schöld (chair), Leif Blixten Henriksson, Göran Kåver, Ulrika Tenstam, Magnus Aspegren, Johanna Frelin, Liselott Axelsson and Jonas Forssell. Employee representatives are Stefan Axelsson and Jon Sundberg.
Stiftelsen Folkoperan (Folkoperan Foundation)
The following are members of the Stiftelsen Folkoperan board: Christina Jutterström (chair), Håkan Hagegård, Michael Weinius, Matilda Paulsson, Anders Lindström, Eva Schöld, Tebogo Monnakgotla and the founders Staffan Rydén, Arne Åkerström, Claes Fellbom och Kerstin Nerbe.