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Karolina Sofia Richter

August 28, 1792
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 22 March 1872 (aged 79)
Other names Karolina Richter, Karolina Svanberg
Spouse(s) Johan Gabriel Svanberg, Carl Friedrich Bock

Karolina Sofia Bock née Richter (August 28, 1792, Stockholm – 22 March 1872) was a Swedish stage actress. She was the principal and drama teacher of the Dramatens elevskola twice: from 1831 to 1834, and from 1841 to 1856. She was an elite actress of the Royal Dramatic Theatre.


Karolina was a student at the Royal Swedish Opera

Karolina Richter was born to the hautboist Carl Johan Richter and Magdalena Sofia Rytting.

She was a student of the Dramatens elevskola at the Royal Swedish Opera between 1806 and 1810. She was a student of Sofia Lovisa Gråå, and belonged to those female stage artists of her generation referred to as the "Grå Girls".

Karolina Bock came to belong to the elite of Swedish actors generation. She was not regarded suitable for heroine parts, which where often the women main roles of the plays of the epoch, but established herself well already in her youth in the roles of old women in comedies. On 26 June 1863, Bock retired after having made her final performance in her favorite part, the grandmother in Porträttet.

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She was an elite actress of the Royal Dramatic Theatre - Stockholm. Sweden

Karolina Bock was given the Litteris et Artibus by the king in 1857, in recognition of her dramatic career.


Litteris et Artibus- medalj med Gustav V revers
Litteris et Artibus is a medal awarded to people who have made important contributions to culture

Karolina Bock was the principal and drama teacher of the Dramatens elevskola twice: from 1831 to 1834 and from 1841 to 1856. She also served as instructor there.

Several generations of Swedish actors were shaped by Bock. She was known for her skill at giving instruction in the correct distinction of the language in both song and speech. Furthermore, though Karolina Bock was described as an excellent teacher, she was also described as one who forced a more strict discipline upon her students.

Private life

Karolina Bock was married twice. In 1813, she married Johan Gabriel Svanberg violinist at the royal chapel, from whom she divorced in 1822, assuming the name Mrs Richter. In 1826 she married Carl Friedrich Bock, who played the flute in the royal chapel. She was the mother of Bertha Tammelin, who became an actor, singer, composer, musician and a teacher at Dramatens elevskola. Karolina Bock was revarded with the medal Litteris et Artibus in 1857.

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