All performances until 31 October have been cancelled

Guided tours

Cancelled Aug-Sept 2020
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Guided tours

Please note: Physical guided tours have been cancelled for August and September.

Both our regular and themed tours are normally presented in Swedish, but if you make a group booking (instructions below) and inform us you would like your tour to be presented in English, we will be happy to do so!

Information and prices

Why are there TV-screens on the balconies? What happens during a blackout? Is it possible for a singer without a microphone to be heard over a full orchestra? Discover the answers to all this and more on a guided tour through the house, which will take you behind the scenes and through the auditorium.

Blacksmith, set painter, electrician, wardrobe, chef, carpenter, tailor, naprapath, camera operator, milliner, stage manager and wear-and-tear specialist. These are just some of the 90 occupations contained within the Göteborg Opera. Come behind the scenes and meet the people who never appear on stage.

”To be able to give visitors an insight into our work is both fun and exciting”, explains guide and former singer Susanne Albertus. ”Each tour is different, and depends on what the group is interested in and what is going on in the house while they are here. Sometimes I can be as surprised as our visitors!”

Over 400 000 visitors have already been on one of our guided tours. Come along, and we promise you a one-of-a-kind experience. See you here!

Price per person

Adults, SEK 100
Children 6–20 years old, SEK 50
Children 0–5, free

Themed tours

Theme: Opera-Amalia och Gustav

Lisbeth Pettersson (Opera Amalia) & Björn Thudén (Gustav)
Tilo Stengel

Join Opera-Amalia and Gustav the janitor behind the scenes in the opera house. An eventful exploration where the imaginative prima donna Opera-Amalia presents the house (and herself) while the proper caretaker Gustav is fully occupied making sure everything is correct. On the guided tour, the children will discover the opera house from the inside and see examples of everything that happens in the different departments. Note: tour conducted in Swedish.

For children 5–11 years old. 
Price: SEK 35 per child
Each child can bring 1 adult. Limited number of places.

Theme: Costumes

Costume-fitting for the musical Oliver!

A hive of creativity fits inside the opera house’s walls. In our costume department around 40 people work hard at producing, changing and managing over 1200 costumes per year.  Our guides will take you on this special costume-themed tour – where you will visit our costume studios, storage rooms and learn what is involved in creating costumes for the stage – from the initial sketches to the final product. 

Note: Tour conducted in Swedish.

Price:
Adults, SEK 100 ea.
Children (up to 20 y.o.), SEK 50 ea.


Theme: Stage technicians

From morning to night behind the scenes, the stage technicians work tirelessly. The set for the day’s rehearsal is prepared, then unmounted so that the set for the evening performance can be reconstructed, and then deconstructed after the show before it’s time to go home. The Göteborg Opera has one of the highest technical standards in Europe. Around 40 technicians work with advanced stage machinery behind, on, under and above the stage 1 900 square meter stage. Come behind the scenes and discover how the different sections of the stage move vertically, spin, or even disappear...  

Note: Tour conducted in Swedish.

Price:
Adults, SEK 100 ea.
Children (up to 20 y.o.), SEK 50 ea.

A 3 minute time-lapse of the set for Die Walküre being built.

Group bookings

If you’re in a group you can also book your own guided tour, and groups may book our themed tours in English.  Ring us on +46 31 131 300 and choose alternative number 4. Telephone times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3–5pm.

You can also book by emailing at guidning@opera.se 

Contact us

Christina Nilssons Gata, 411 04 Göteborg
Telephone (switch) 031–10 80 00
Ticket office & Restaurant 031–13 13 00

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