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In 10 days, it happens! The largest festival for early music in the Nordic countries is starting!

Sunday 22 May 2022

Wednesday 1 June, XXI SEMF 2022 opens with the world-renowned ensemble Les Talens Lyriquesunder Christophe Rousset with "Europe sans Frontières" - Europe without boundaries. Find the festival programme HERE and secure your festival pass or tickets!  HERE you can watch an artist-teaser video!

SEMF is also proud to stage a baroque premiere in modern times! The play "Birger Jarl & Mechtild" by Gustav III, Francesco Uttini and Philip Johnsen, a "medieval baroque opera" and one of history's first staged music works in Swedish, is given at Musikaliska – a sneaky peek into Sweden's new National Stage for Early Music! The perfomance is a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music and the Drottningholms Slottsteater.

With equal excitement, we welcome the German gamba star Hille Perl invites both the Sun King and you to dancing dreams, while the English superchoir Tenebrae arouses astonishment through the wonders of polyphony. Les Passions de l’Âme from Switzerland excels through its whimsical virtuosity and Spanish-Norwegian Hirundo Maris (Arianna Savall and Petter Udland) weaves together colourful Sephardic and Scandinavian traditions.

Ukrainian bandura playing, a male soprano, an unknown female composer in 18th-century London and medieval animal music spice up the range. For the finale, Theatre of Voices & Camerata Øresund take the stage for a euphonious northern European musical parade. In addition, there are 20 concerts, performances and seminars to discover… Several performances are also online live streamed!

Welcome to the SEMF stage, where early music is always NOW! See you in the Old Town!