Founded by King Gustav III in 1773, the Royal Swedish Opera is Sweden’s premiere theatre for opera and ballet. The first building was demolished approximately 100 years later as it presented a fire hazard, and the new opera, which still stands today, was inaugurated in 1989. Located in the very centre of Stockholm, it is connected by bridges and to the royal palace and other historically significant buildings. The marble used for the façade was specially brought in from Norway to signify the union between the two countries. The splendid Golden Foyer is unrivalled with its gold stucco work, crystal chandeliers, large mirrors and original ceiling paintings by famous Swedish artist, Carl Larsson. The opening and the first season focused primarily on Swedish works. Every year a number everything from brand-new works to classical masterpieces are staged at the opera.