Copenhagen Opera House

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Photographer: Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup – April 2015

The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark, and among the most modern opera houses in the world. It is also one of the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well over DKK 2.3 mia.(USD 373 mio.). It is located on the island of Holmen in central Copenhagen.

The Opera House was donated to the Danish state by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation in August 2000. A.P. Møller was the founder of the company known as Mærsk.

It was designed by the architect Henning Larsen. The acoustics were designed by Arup Acoustics and architectural lighting design by Speirs and Major Associates.

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller had the final to say regarding the design of the building, – for example adding steel to the glass front.

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Photographer: Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup – April 2015

Construction began in June 2001 and was completed on October 1, 2004. It was opened on January 15, 2005 in the presence of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Queen Margrethe II.

The tenor Plácido Domingo made a gala guest appearance as Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre on April 7, 2006. The performance was attended by Queen Margrethe II.

The Opera has 6 main stages: 1 visible for the audience, and 5 for rehearsals and set preparation.

It has almost everything needed for opera, ballet etc., including stage elevators, movable ballet floors, etc. The building totals 41,000 m² and has 14 floors, of which 5 are below ground. It contains more than 1000 rooms, including a large orchestral rehearsal room.

Despite its luxurious equipment, there are only approximately 1500 seats because a larger number of seats would hamper the quality of sound.

As Bo Wildfang, the Møller-Mærsk director in charge of the opera project, said: “Our aim has been to build a world-class opera house for the Danish people.

According to the Royal Theatre’s former director-general Michael Christiansen, the new opera on Dock Island will open up for new artistic possibilities to The Royal Theater company, making it possible for the first time to mount full-scale productions of, for instance, works by Wagner and Richard Strauss.

“The most important thing about the new building is that it provides the possibility for more opera and more ballet, bigger productions with more ambitious scenery and more sizeable orchestras”, says Michael Christiansen

Furthermore says Michael Christiansen, “The new opera house with its vastly superior acoustics means that orchestras can play at full capacity and thus perform even better”.

Today in 2015, Copenhagen Opera House, is a building of unique architecture, offering superior acoustic to its audience, while Copenhagen residents are proud to have this opportunity to invite friends and guests of Denmark, to experience different artistic expressions in these unique circumstances.

Using this link,  – Copenhagen Opera House – you’ll be able to see the more about performances available.

Yours sincerely,

Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup

Executive Editor


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