Scandinavia has long played a distinguished role in the history of music. Denmark has intensified its commitment to this heritage and increasingly offers world-class standards of music, as well as one of the most exciting new opera houses created in recent years.
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) has always been Rossini’s most enduringly popular work, and deservedly so; for all the strengths of the other once neglected operas that have returned to the repertoire in recent decades, it is a brilliant mix of elegance and buffoonery, boasting irresistible music. Copenhagen’s new production, by the award-winning theatre director Martin Lyngbo, is set in the golden age of silent movies.
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is not only the last of Mozart’s operas but perhaps his most endlessly fascinating masterpiece, a blend of deep philosophical seriousness and enchanting entertainment. Marco Arturo Marelli’s colourful staging was created in 2015 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Henning Larsen’s dazzling opera house, one of the best equipped in the world.
This tour allows us to experience both Denmark’s musical excellence and explore one of northern Europe’s most beautiful cities; Copenhagen is an exciting hub of contemporary culture and design, with a string of world-class art collections and museums.
Fly at 2.20pm from London Heathrow to Copenhagen (British Airways). There is time to settle into the hotel before dinner.
Morning lecture on this evening’s performance. An introductory walk reveals the post-mediaeval history of the city: pass the 1750s palaces of the Amalienborg, the finest such group outside France; the English church; Gefion Fountain; the Little Mermaid; the bastions of the Kastellet and (across the water) the opera house. Free afternoon; recommended is the National Museum, a collection of excellent artefacts, prehistoric to contemporary, with the Viking era the highlight, or one of the city’s many museums (included in the cost of the tour is a Copenhagen Card granting free admission to museums and galleries). Dinner before the performance at the Copenhagen Opera House: The Barber of Seville (Gioachino Rossini), Michael Hofstetter (conductor), Martin Lyngbo (director), cast to be confirmed.
Lecture on the evening’s opera. Cross the water by boat for a private tour of the opera house. Lunch at the Copenhagen Opera House before an afternoon opera: The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Joana Mallwitz/Perry So (conductor), Marco Arturo Marelli (director), Petri Lindroos (Sarastro), David Danholt (Tamino), Vassiliki Karayanni (Queen of the Night), Gisela Stille (Pamina), Palle Knudsen (Papageno). Cross the water again and return to the hotel for some free time before dinner.
The morning is free. Fly to London Heathrow, arriving at c. 4.15pm.
Dr John Allison
Editor of Opera magazine and music critic for The Daily Telegraph. He was born in South Africa and completed his PhD degree while playing the piano and working as assistant organist at Cape Town cathedral. Since moving to London in 1989 he has written for publications around the world, authored two books, contributed chapters to several other volumes and served on the juries of many international competitions. He has also held positions as music critic on The Sunday Telegraph and the Times.
Price – per person
Two sharing: £1,990 or £1,860 without flights. Single occupancy: £2,270 or £2,140 without flights.
Flights (economy class) with British Airways (aircraft: airbus 319); coach or boat for excursions as specified in the itinerary; accommodation as described below; breakfasts, 1 light lunch and 3 dinners with wine, water and coffee; all admissions (72-hour Copenhagen Card); all tips; all taxes; the services of the lecturer.
Tickets for 2 operas are included, costing c. £215.
Phoenix Copenhagen: a traditional 4-star hotel close to the Amalienborg Palace.
We reach the opera house on foot and by boat. Participants need to be fit enough to manage this, the city walks and to cope easily with stair climbing. Average distance by coach per day: 5 miles.
Between 10 and 22 participants.
Linking with Opera in Stockholm
9th March. At the end of Opera in Stockholm, there is the option to fly from Stockholm Arlanda to Copenhagen (SAS) to join Opera in Copenhagen.
Price for combining the two tours. You pay the price of Opera in Stockholm with flights (£2,010) and the price of Opera in Copenhagen without flights (£1,860), unless of course you are arranging your own flights. There is a supplement of £50 to contribute to the cost of travelling between Stockholm to Copenhagen.
Please let us know if you would like to take up this option.
Before booking, please refer to the FCO website to ensure you are happy with the travel advice for the destination(s) you are visiting: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.