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Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen Opera house

 

The Opera House is a grand Modernist building, commissioned by government in 2001. The construction work, realizing the project by Henning Larsson,  was accomplished in 2004. The Opera was opened in 2005 with the presence of Danish Queen, Prime Minister and many other celebrities.

The Opera is located just opposite Amalienborg at the shore of the harbour. The part of the island is called Dokoen, or the Dock. A short distance from the building an old dock and pumping station can be seen.  The place is accessible by bus and car as well as by boat. The building is constructed from yellowish limestone and enclosed by canals, which make it look as if it was placed on an island just a bit bigger than the house itself. Bridges of an old oak, grown for Royal Navy in 19th century, span over them.

It is built in alignment with Amalienborg and the Marble Church, constituting a part of the architectural complex, when from the entrance of each edifice two others are visible. The building has 14 floors, five of which are underground. It has more that 1000 rooms, including large orchestra rehearsal hall. The foyer is decorated with Italian Perlatino marble. There are three very remarkable lamps of faceted semi-transparent glass, sparkling like a diamond.

The Opera House is considered one of the best equipped in the world. There are from 1492 to 1703 seats, the number depending on the size of the orchestra. This was slightly disputable, because the number of seats happens to be insufficient, but larger number would deteriorate the quality of sound. The seats are positioned under a special angle to provide the best view. Orchestra pit can accommodate up to 110 musicians. The house has one main stage and five auxiliary ones, which allows moving huge settings. These additional stages can also be used for preparations and rehearsals.

The new Opera House became frequented by artists from all over the countries, who highly appreciated its design concepts and acoustic qualities. Placido Domingo made a gala guest appearance as Siegfried in Wagner's "Die Walkure". The performance was attended by Queen Margrethe II.  

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