The Royal Danish Opera House

This art institution hosts a diverse program of live music, dance, and opera throughout the year. The opera house opened its doors in January 2005, which makes it one of the most modern of its kind anywhere in the world. It is located by the harbor, within easy reach of some of the most popular attractions in Denmark, including Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid.

Impressive inside and out

The opera house itself is just as impressive as the productions that take place inside it. Designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen and with commissioned artwork by a number of Danish artists, it really is an architectural gem. Inside, the main stage is connected directly to five other stages, making large setups very straightforward. The orchestra pit provides space for 110 musicians, while the auditorium seats nearly 1,500 people.

The full experience

Treat yourself to an evening at the opera for a memorable experience. Throughout the year, the opera house has an impressive lineup comprising drama, ballet, opera, and concerts, attracting visitors from around the world. Check the official website for details.

Proximity to the royals

If you are lucky, you may find yourself watching a performance with Danish royalty. To the left of the stage, the Danish Queen has her own private balcony. The foyer of the opera house also offers expansive views over Copenhagen, including Amalienborg Palace across the water.

More than impressive performances

The opera house is a popular attraction on its own even when there are no performances happening at this spectacular venue. Join a guided tour in which you can explore the beautiful lobby with light sculptures by Olafur Eliasson, be amazed by Per Kirkeby's copper reliefs, and learn about life behind the scenes.

A restaurant with a view

A rooftop restaurant, Kost & Mask, adds to the appeal of this landmark venue. Apart from a delicious organic menu, the restaurant serves up sweeping views of the canal and Queen Margrethe's castle. Even if you don’t want to go for the full dining experience, you might still want to take the elevator up to the terrace for refreshments during intermission.

Tickets and more

Tickets to see live theater can be purchased in the box office. The opera house is also open to visitors with a number of free events throughout the year. The free program spans from literary salons to live jazz and "meet the artist" sessions.