Scandi Six: What to See at Copenhagen Opera Festival 2015

The Copenhagen Opera Festival takes place 26 July – 2 August and we’re excited to learn more about this art form. Opera can seem inaccessible; tickets are often expensive and there’s an air of luxury around the genre. The festival proves it doesn’t have to be that way! Many performances are inexpensive or free, and opera is performed around the city, making it available to all who are interested.

Here’s a taste of what’s on:

List Marker: Number 1Leaves

This is the festival’s own production – a first for them – created in partnership with agency Sort/Hvid. It will premiere at the festival, featuring internationally-renowned Danish band Efterklang and directed by Christian Lollike.


Østre Farimagsgade 5
1353 København K
Ticket price: 295 DKK

Leaves Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scaninavia Standard


List Marker: Number 2Morning Song

From the 27th July to the 1st of August, each day will begin with 30 minutes of morning song lead by Head of Copenhagen Opera Festival Michael Bojesen. It takes place outside of Torvehallerne and is free for all.

July 27 – July 31, 9:00 am
August 1, 10:00 am


Frederiksborggade 21
1360 København K

Morning Song - Morgensang at Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 3Opera on the Bike

Has a more Danish interpretation of Opera ever existed? We think not. See a performance of La Traviata performed on bicycle (yes, really), bringing the Opera to the public arena. Great fun and a new way to see this classic show.

Sun July 26, 3:00 pm – Israels Plads
Tues July 28, 5:00 pm – Brønshøj Torv
Weds July 29, 5:00 pm – Vanløse Torv
Fri July 31, 5:00 pm – Sundbyvester Plads
Sun August 2, 5:00 pm – Superkilen

Opera paa en cykel - Opera on the Bike - Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 4Carl & Marie

A new concert by Lotte Andersen in collaboration with the Storstrøms Kammerensemble.

Weds July 29, 8:30 pm
Thurs July 30, 8:30 pm


Frederiksborggade 21
1360 København K
Ticket price: 150 DKK

Carl Marie Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 5Operabingo

Hosts Keld and Hilda Heick invite everyone for Opera bingo in the banquet hall at the Workers’ Museum. The classic bingo game will be accompanied by coffee and hygge.

The prizes are arias of the winners’ choice, performed right then and there by one of the festival’s young talents and accompanied by one of the leading opera singers in Denmark. The main prize will be an “aria-to-go,” which can be used at a birthday or a wedding for instance. How fun!

Weds July 29, 5 pm & 8 pm, 1 hour each

Arbejdermuseets Festsal

Rømersgade 22
​1362 Copenhagen C
Ticket price: 240 DKK

Opera Bingo at Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 6Opera for children

Families should look forward to Sing Children, Sing! with the Master Singers. It’s a mix of entertainment, community singing and learning about opera at the children’s level.

Sun August 2, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am – The Magic Flute (in Danish)
12:00 pm – Sing, Children, Sing!


Frederiksborggade 21
1360 København K

Syng Mester - Danish Children's Singing - Copenhagen Opera Festival | Scandinavia Standard


There’s plenty more to see throughout Copenhagen Opera Festival; check out their program.

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.