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Göteborg Opera Orchestra

Göteborg Opera Orchestra

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra is comprised of 86 musicians and plays in most performances on the Main Stage.

“The crown jewel of the opera house is the orchestra.”SVT Kulturnyheterna

“The orchestra is very flexible,” says Mette Berntzen, Head of Orchestra at the Göteborg Opera. “The opera house has a broad repertoire and we play everything from baroque opera to musicals. The musicians have a good command of many different styles and adapt their way of playing to what is happening on stage.”

About two weeks before the premiere the musicians move out from the orchestral rehearsal room and begin to rehearse with the rest of the ensemble. The number of musicians in the orchestra pit varies.

“If it’s a great romantic opera, by Strauss for example, then all of us are in the orchestra pit. At other times there might only be about thirty of us. It depends altogether on what kind of performance it is,” says Mette.

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra gives concerts of its own on the main stage and also on tour. Some of the musicians are active as chamber musicians as well and also play in the opera’s foyer concerts. In the list of performances you can read more about what they have planned for this season.

Award-winning musicians

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra is the only orchestra to ever receive the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet's opera prize. They won with the following reason: 

The 86 musicians have managed to place their orchestra among the world’s absolute elite.

Orchestra management

Mette Berntzen Orchestra Manager

Orchestra admin/ Orchestra service

Violin I

Violin II

Mattias Johansson Alt. Section leader
Ronnie Sjökvist Alt. Section leader
Karin Berggren
Wojtek Chojecki
Pin Ju
Magnus Larsson



Patrik Harryson Solo cellist
Lars-Erik Persson Section leader
Peter Andersson
Lars Kristiansson

Double Bass




Kate McDermott Alt. Section leader
Tarina Lennartsson
Sten Westerlund



Philip Foster Section leader
Tomas Cederstrand
Alexander Hambleton





Timpani and Percussion

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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