Things to do
There’s something in the aria!
CPH Opera Festival
July 31-Aug 7, various venues; tickets at billetten.dk; operafestival.dk
According to its rich program, the Copenhagen Opera Festival definitely fulfils its promise to bring opera to the people. Both opera fans and newbies will feel welcome at this summertime extravaganza.
The festival aims to find a new space for the genre, namely the big outdoors, spreading world-class arias across the streets, canals, transport routes and buildings of the city.
The festival pushes the boundaries of tradition, introducing innovation, new genres, fresh talent and initiatives that involve stellar international talents as well as established local institutions.
The varied program includes Operetta Boat, a swinging and singing ship that presents both new and older theatre music such as Cole Porter’s Broadway classic Kiss me Kate and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
If you can only attend one concert, make sure it’s the finale as it will invite audiences to enjoy again the most remarkable performances of the 2016 festival.
Once again the organisers will be bestowing the Copenhagen Opera Festival Honour Award. The award, which comes with a prize of 25,000 kroner, will honour a person who has made a meaningful mark on the Danish opera scene.