"Copenhagen's Controversial Opera House" Opera House Tip by starship
Opera House, Copenhagen: 26 reviews and 54 photos
Copenhagen's brilliant new Operaen or Opera House opened in January, 2005, with a performance of "Aida" by the Royal Danish Opera Company. Costing $442 million dollars and taking 3 1/2 years to build, the opera house was a gift to the city of Copenhagen by the enormously wealthy shipping magnate, Sir Maersk McKinney Moller, who, it was said, intended to name the Opera House after Queen Margarethe II.
The building, always controversial because of its design, again came into question when Sir Maersk Moller insisted that metal bars or grids be built into the front "bubble" window of the building over the objections of the architect, Henning Larsens Tegnestue. The architect nearly quit the project over the matter.
This modern Opera House combines granite, marble, limestone and hardwoods in the interior and exterior design and exemplifies modern Danish architecture. The building can accommodate 1,400 to 1,500 guests and will also be home to the Royal Danish Ballet Company for stage performances such as "The Little Mermaid," and "La Sylphid." The Opera House is situated in Holmen, the place of the former Royal Naval Dock Yard. It certainly has a commanding presence on the waterfront and is one of the major buildings which we saw from our canal cruise/tour. The Opera House also contains the Opera House Restaurant and has accommodations for travelers.
Address: Tordenskjoldsgade 1, Copenhagen
Directions: Holmen, place of the former Royal Naval Dockyards and across the waterfront near Nyhavn.
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