The siblings of Mantua

new opera - old music

Salamone Rossi was a Jewish composer who was born in Mantua in 1570. His sister Europa Rossi was an acclaimed singer, among the first Italian real opera stars. The two siblings were engaged by the royal court and praised by the culture-loving Prince Gonzaga, whose favours opened doors to the city. Rossi wrote modern, innovative music, creating art that built bridges between the established, elevated world of wealthy, free men at the court and the destitute, deprived world of the Jews in the ghetto. The music includes rarely performed works by Salamone Rossi and newly composed material. This is a contemporary opera with its roots in 17th century Europe, a politically charged time not unlike our own.

Original idea and concept • Pia Forsgren and Maria Lindal
Libretto • Magnus Florin
Music •  Salamone Rossi, Francesca Caccini, Giulio Caccini, Guglielmo Minischalchi, Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Abraham de Caceres, Yaniv d'Or and traditional sephardic music
Newly composed music • Djuro Zivkovic
Newly composed music, adaptation and arrangements • Andreas Edlund
Director • Pia Forsgren
Music director • Maria Lindal
Choreographer • Patrik Sörling
Stage design • Mamma Andersson
Costumes • Behnaz Aram
Light design • Jenny André
Wigs and make-up • Sofia Ranow


Salamone Rossi (counter tenor) • Yaniv d’Or
Europa, his sister (soprano) • Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
Claudio Monteverdi, their friend (tenor) • Karim Sulayman
Vincenzo Gonzaga, the Duke (bass baritone) • Markus Schwartz
Francesco Gonzaga, his son (tenor) • Carl Unander-Scharin

The Drottningholm Theatre Solo Quartet
The First Secretary (soprano) • Elin Skorup
The Second Secretary (alt) • Anna Zander Sand
The Bishop (tenor) • Thomas Köll
Moses, the Rabbi (bass) • Håkan Ekenäs

Dancers • Shannon Taylor, Nassim Meki, Victor Hermundstad, Jonathan D Sikell
The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra

8-22 September

In Swedish, Italian, Hebrew with English surtitles
Approx. 2,5 hours incl intermission

In co-operation with the Robert Weil Family Foundation
With support from the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater via the Henrik Nordmark Foundation
With support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

The costume design by Behnaz Aram has been awarded the Mikael T Zielinski Prize 2018


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

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

Interval snacks

Avoid the interval queue, pre-order your interval snacks! 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. See best trip here>>>

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)  Up to 26*
1          2–9          995:-            495:-
2          0–1          895:-            425:-
3         10–20      795:-            350:-
4         21–26      495:-            275:-
5         27–31      295:-            150:-

*The Siblings of Mantua

The ticket prices incl VAT and service fee.

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