opéra-ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1748)

 Photo: Bengt Wanselius

Photo: Bengt Wanselius

A successful Pygmalion!

"... a genuine masterpiece which combines exquisite music-making with experimental dance and modern lighting effects with the theatre's unique 18th-century stage technology." Guy Dammann, Financial Times
"Drottningholms neuer Pygmalion ist ein außergewöhnlicher, gelungener künstlerischer Brückenschlag zwischen Historie und Moderne." Franziska Stürz, Deutschlandfunk
"... a sensual, vibrating performance, where Teshigawara's interpretation revealed a side of Baroque music not often displayed or recognized." Laura Servidei,

The internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer and multitalented artist Saburo Teshigawara stages Jean-Philippe Rameau's opéra-ballet from 1748. Pygmalion was originally premiered in 1748 and tells the story of sculptor Pygmalion, who, in his quest for perfection, falls in love with his own statue, brought to life by Cupid (l'Amour), the god of love. It is a classical tale that has appeared in many guises, from Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses to the musical My Fair Lady. The work has generally been regarded as the best of Rameau's one-act pieces. In a poetic prologue, Saburo Teshigawara will dance to the viola da gamba performed by Vittorio Ghielmi, as a love declaration to the arts. Music by J F Rebel, M Marais, A Forqueray, J B Lully.

Libretto • Sylvain Ballot de Sauvot
Conductor • Vittorio Ghielmi
Director/choreographer/set and costumes/light • Saburo Teshigawara
Artistic collaborator of Saburo Teshigawara • Rihoko Sato
Wigs and make-up • Sofia Ranow

Pygmalion • Anders J Dahlin
L’Amour • Kerstin Avemo
Céphise • Hanna Husáhr
La statue animée • Silvia Moi

Dancers • Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara and KARAS dancer Quentin Roger

The Drottningholm Theatre Chorus
The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra

28 July-11 August

In French. Approx. 1 hour, 50 minutes incl prologue and intermission

With support from the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater via the Henrik Nordmark Foundation and Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, Märta Christina och Magnus Vahlquists Stiftelse.


When booking your tickets, you may also like to pre-order a tour of the theatre, a picnic, the programme booklet, interval snacks, and/or a bus ticket back to Stockholm city after the performance.

a tour of the Theatre building

Before the evening opera performances we offer an extended guided tour of the unique theatre building. The tour starts at 16.30 and lasts approx. 45 minutes. In English and Swedish (you sign up for the language you prefer). Book when purchasing your tickets.


Enjoy picnic overlooking the English landscape park before the performance. Prebook a picnic bag for two, containing smoked salmon, potato salad, vegetables, bread, cheese, something sweet and mineral water. Pick up in the Déjeuner Salon Bar 1,5 hour before the performance starts. You may also add wine and/or coffee in the bar. There are blankets and cushions to sit on. 

Pre-performance talks in the Déjeuner salon

Before the performance we invite you to pre-performance talks. The Déjeuner Salon Bar is open. Free entrance.

4 and 5 August at 15.00  On the unique Theatre and Pygmalion Tuvalisa Rangström, dramaturge. In English.
11 August at 14.00-15.00 A seminar around Pygmalion, as part of a workshop in collaboration with the University College of Opera in Stockholm. With Vittorio Ghielmi and Maria Lindal. In English.

Interval snacks

Avoid the interval queue, pre-order your interval snacks! Pre-order when you book tickets, or decide in the bar, when it opens, 1,5 hour before the performance. There are four options:

  • one glass of white wine and a salmon wrap sandwich
  • one glass of Champagne and a macaron
  • one glass of non-alcoholic sparkling wine and a salmon wrap sandwich
  • one glass of non-alcoholic sparkling wine and a macaron

Your drinks and snacks will be waiting for you in the Déjeuner Salon Bar as soon as the interval begins.

Theatre bus tickets

A comfortable bus will take you directly back to Stockholm city after the performance. The bus leaves 15 minutes after the performance and stops at T-Fridhemsplan and at the Central station. Tickets SEK 100:- per person.

Take the boat to Drottningholm - enjoy our Opera package!

The most beautiful way to travel to Drottningholm is by steamship along Lake Mälaren's leafy shores. You take the boat at City Hall (Stadshuset) in Stockholm. In collaboration with Strömma we offer a lovely package a boat trip at 18.00, a two-meal dinner on board, the performance, and bus back to Stockholm.

karamellan - café and restaurant

Swedish home cooked food, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, beer and wine in a historic building from 1880. Can seat groups. See menu and book a table>>>

2018 Schedule

28 July at 19.30        Pygmalion - Première
31 July at 19.30        Pygmalion
2 August at 19.30     Pygmalion
4 August at 16.00     Pygmalion
5 August at 16.00     Pygmalion
7 August at 19.30     Pygmalion
9 August at 19.30     Pygmalion
11 August at 16.00   Pygmalion

8 September at 19.30 The Siblings of Mantua - World Première
11 September at 19.30 The Siblings of Mantua
13 September at 19.30 The Siblings of Mantua
15 September at 16.00 The Siblings of Mantua
17 September at 19.30 The Siblings of Mantua
20 September at 19.30 The Siblings of Mantua
22 September at 16.00 The Siblings of Mantua

Ticket Prices

Cat.    Row        Price (SEK)
1          2–9          995:-
2          0–1          895:-
3         10–20      795:-
4         21–26      495:-
5         27–31      295:-

The ticket prices incl VAT and service fee.

Tickets from 23 February at 10.00 online via and by telephone +46 77 170 70 70 (Ticketmaster Callcenter).