Copenhagen Opera Festival
Copenhagen will be infected by opera fever when its streets and alleys are filling up with vocal artists from July 28th until August 4th. Copenhagen Opera Festival is a one-week homage to the opera as an art form and a key concept of the festival is to bring it out of the theatres and concert halls to be able to present it to those, who otherwise aren’t familiar with the genre.
This year’s programme is the most extensive one up to today. It consists of 21 different productions who in total are performed 48 times. The central stage is placed between Torvehallerne and Nørreport, where there is going to be space for up to 5,000 spectators and one symphony orchestra. But you can also get a glimpse of the best of the best within opera at other locations, such as Tivoli, Nyhavn and many more.
Copenhagen Opera Festival addresses a diverse crowd – both experienced operagoers and those new to it. The programme is a well-balanced mixture of classical opera repertoire, contemporary projects and concert arrangements in untraditional places. The arrangers thereby hope to create an art form that seeks new borders whereas it remains at a high level of quality.
At least the last point should be easy to achieve. Copenhagen Opera Festival is about to profile itself with strong international ties. The co-operation with German Bayer Kultur and Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci show the ambitious steps they’re taking. The performances of Händel’s Aci, Galatea e Poliferno as well as the Puccini guest play of the opera in Malmø exemplify the top-notch international co-operation.
However, the opera festival is much more than a short amusement in a warm summer night. The thought behind it is to give Copenhageners and tourists alike an experience, also those who are not primarily looking for it. Therefore there will be solo artists and small ensembles at random places throughout Copenhagen. The idea is to make opera available and easily accessible for a wider range of people than those who came primarily to visit the festival.
Here, a thought has also been made for children. Copenhagen Opera Festival sows the seeds for the next generation of opera visitors through performances directly produced for a younger audience. For the first time ever there is also an award distribution for the “Young Opera Talent of the Year”.