-The best experience of Summer Opera in Europe-

An overall goal which means:

  • Opera på Skäret will yearly arrange an opera festival with it’s own productions for a national and international audience.
  • High artistic quality of the opera performances and other events, with a mixture of young and more experienced artists.
  • Courses for singers and musicians that will draw more young people to Skäret, both as an audience and as participants.
  • Be both a regional opera establishment in the Örebro Region, and an international summer opera stage.
  • Be a centre for culture- and nature experiences in Bergslagen and Sweden.
  • Produce opera for children and young people.

Newly written Swedish Opera

One of our ambitions here at Skäret, is to produce one newly written Swedish Opera every five years.
Our Artistic Leader Alexander Niclasson came up with an idea for a new opera 25 years ago after reading a poem by Henrik Ibsen called “Bergmanden”, about a miner who finds himself trapped deep down in a mine. What Alexander didn’t know at the time, was that he would one day be the artistic leader of an Opera festival in an old mining town like Kopparberg- and would have the opportunity to realize that idea.

This Grand Opera ”Guldåldern” takes place in Bergslagen, an area of the Swedish Country side historically famous for mining.
The opera is a thriller in four acts- about miners, Norwegians, Swedish/ Finnish natives and outlaws- who have been offered amnesty in exchange for working in the mines for the rest of their lives. In the midst of this Scandinavian setting an exciting love story unfolds, spanning over 30 years.
the world premier of this opera will take place in 2020 on the main stage at Opera på Skäret.

In conjunction with this new opera production, Alexander is hoping to involve many people in the local area- with art exhibitions, guided tours showing the rich mining history in this particular area.

The next newly written Swedish opera after ”Guldåldern” will have it’s premier in 2024 and will be about Sol-Lisa, a woman who was executed for killing her own infant and had the King of Sweden at the time- Gustav III- getting involved in her case.

Other events and activities at Skäret

We opened an art gallery in 2006, as a separate attraction but also to be enjoyed by our opera audiences. This gallery has had many outstanding artists showcasing their material through the years, and we will continue to develop this going forward.

We also have the Opera Cafe’ on our premises, which is open the whole summer. Another ambition is to have boats and canoes for hire in the future, so people can enjoy the lake and the beautiful nature surrounding Skäret.

We are hoping to create many different events and activities to compliment the musical experience at Skäret. We are also planning to build a first class restaurant and our own accommodation facilities, which will further enhance the overall experience when visiting Opera på Skäret.