Facing Amalienborg Palace across the water is the looming glass, concrete and steel mass of Copenhagen Opera House. Dominating the harbour is one of the world’s newest, and most expensive opera houses. But as you’ll see, it’s also one of the most impressive.
Incredibly, the opera house was a donation to Denmark from the founders of Mærsk, Denmark’s (and the world’s) biggest shipping company. Costing over $500m and taking 4 years to build, it’s the flagship of modern Danish architecture.
You can, of course, see world class opera here too. Copenhagen Opera hosts all the great operas, which also see internationally recognised performers regularly taking to the stage. At the time of writing, you’ll find Mozart’s Magic Flute is being played.
Visit Copenhagen Opera House
Tickets to see the opera are not always easy to find, but it’s worth checking the website before travelling to Denmark. Otherwise you can turn up at the box office 2 hours before a performance to see if any tickets have been returned.
Your other option is a guided tour, which will cover inside and outside the Opera House. A ticket costs 120 DKK (US$20) and you should buy online in advance.
Did you know…?
Copenhagen Opera House hosts part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Amazingly, competitors jump from the roof into the harbour below.
The entrance doors directly face those of the Marble Church. Therefore, if you stand in the doorway and look towards Amalienborg across the water, you’ll look straight through the fountain in the palace’s centre to the domed church beyond.
The ceiling of the main auditorium is covered with 105,000 sheets of gold. So we would really recommend seeing the spectacular interior if you have the chance.