Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Copenhagen Opera


Is it an UFO bringing some green creatures on Earth?
No is Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen in Danish), one of the most modern opera houses in the world. And one of the most expensive ones, "eating" more than 500 million U.S. dollars during its constructions. The architect Henning Larsen was the one who designed the building, however, the magnate of shipping, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller had his own say on this. He advised to have a metal grid in front of the large glass surface placed in the exterior, due to the aging process of the glass. He insisted in making no compromise and spending as much as possible to achieve the best quality. And they did it. The impressive building has 14 floors, 5 of them being underground, 6 main stages and it totals 41,000 m². The foyer floor is made of Sicilian marble and the light is provided by three huge lamps.
The foundation that owned the building (A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, having the name of one of the founders of Mærsk), donated the building to the Danish state, despite some political controversy, and now it is administered by the Royal Danish Theatre. The Opera House was opened on January 15, 2005 and it hosted the famous tenor Plácido Domingo, playing Sigmund in Wagner's Die Walküre in 2006. The Danish queen, Margrethe II attended both the opening ceremony and Domingo's show.

The Opera House is located on the island of Holmen in central Copenhagen, just opposite to the main castle Amalienborg on the other shore. It is aligned with both the center of Amelienborg palace complex and The Marble church. You can get there using either the harbour bus (havnebus) 901, 902 or 903 or regular bus 66 that connects Opera with the Central Station.
If you are a big fan of Opera show, you can find practical information on:
http://kglteater.dk/Forestillinger/Opera.aspx

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