- King Gustav III, probably the most influential king of Swedish culture, founded The Royal Opera House in 1773. He forbade all foreign opera singers to sing in their own languages. He would not accept any opera unless it was performed in Swedish. Hence, all operas from this period are referred to as Gustavian. Today, the Royal Opera, which hosts close to 250 performances every year, is more open-minded than its founder and hosts performances in several languages.
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