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Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Operaen. Photo: Henning Larsen architects

Address Ekvipagemestervej 10; 1438 Copenhagen K
Neighbourhood Christianshavn | See on map
Metro Christianshavn [M1, M2], harbour bus
Telephone +45 33 69 69 69
Website http://www.kglteater.dk/
Price Varies. Typically DKK 55-895
Hours Most performances start at 20:00 (Sun matinees at 15:00)

A controversial gift to the city by Danish shipping magnate Mærsk, ‘Operaen’ was opened in 2005. Designed by Henning Larsen and boasting stunning views across the river to the Amalienborg palace, the exterior of the “Toaster” has been the butt of many a joke, thanks to its vertical steel bands.

Nothing wrong about the stunning interiors, however, that include chandeliers, sculptures and bronze reliefs by Olafur Eliasson, Per Kirkeby and Per Arnoldi, and the opera house is one of the most modern and sophisticated of its kind.

Big productions of Aida, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet take place on the main stage (reachable by floating walkway and boasting an amazing gold-leafed ceiling), while more experimental pieces are performed in Takkelloftet, the ‘black box’.