To the Opera

26 Mar
The Opera House

The Opera House

Last Thursday I went to see an opera at the Copenhagen Opera house. Ever since I came to Copenhagen I’ve been wanting to go the opera. Not so much because of the art, though I very much enjoy it, but because I wanted to go to the building. I had seen it from the other side of the water and passed it while in the canal tour, but I had never been inside. And to much of my displeasure, the opera I went to was on a different stage (Takkelloftet at the back of the building) than the normal big opera’s because it was the graduation show from the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, so I still have to go back to see something on the main stage. I took some great pictures of the foyer though that I wanted to share with you (there was no one there, because the show had already started). I promise pictures of the mainstage will come… The performance that me and my friend saw consisted of 2 separate opera’s, The Bear and Satyricon. To my surprise they were in English and especially the first one was actually pretty funny (maybe not something you would expect from opera). Both of them were really good and the Opera Academy has delivered some very talented new artists.

Foyer Opera house

Foyer Opera house

The Opera is located on Holmen, a separate island opposite of Amalienborg (where the Queen resides) and I think the most fun way to reach is is by boat (callled Harbour Bus) from Nyhavn, though it also has a regular bus stop. From the opera you have an amazing view of what you may call the skyline of Copenhagen. Plus Holmen is a very interesting area to walk around; originally it housed the Navy and now it has become a residential area, with very interesting architecture. One can still find the Officers Academy here as well as the different art academies. So even if you didn’t get any tickets, it could be worth a trip.

Foyer Opera House, roof

Foyer Opera House, roof

The Opera is one of the most expensive opera houses to have been built costing around $500 million. It was donated to the Danish people by Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, head of the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation (his father  was A.P. Møller the co-founder of the biggest Danish company Maersk). It opened on January 15th 2005. The building has been designed by the architect Henning Larssen, though many more artists and designers contributed to individual parts and it is said that Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller had a big say in the design of it since he was the one paying. It has a total of 41,000 square metres, 14 stories, 5 of them are below the ground and the main stage seats 1400 people. The brown part, egg or whatever you want to call it in the picture is made out of maple wood and and the ceiling in the main auditorium is adorned with 105,000 sheets of 24 carat gold leaf, equivalent to 1.5 kilos of gold.

Foyer Opera house

Foyer Opera house

To find out what is on this seasons and to get tickets, information can be found here and prices start around 125 kr/€16. The cheapest tickets are the ones where you have to stand all the way at the top of the 3rd balcony. However if it’s not sold out you are allowed to sit down. There are also free events in the Foyer, for more information click here, as well as guided tours (though not on a regular basis).

The Opera by Night

The Opera by Night

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  1. Opera Main Stage | Cozy Copenhagen - April 8, 2013

    […] from George Balanchine. Plus it was my chance to finally see the main stage of Operaen (see this post for my last visit to the Opera house) and share this pic of the inside with you as promised. It […]

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