The Royal Danish Opera

The Royal Danish Opera

The Royal Danish Opera is Scandinavia’s leading opera company with a long tradition and history. In 2005, the Royal Danish Opera inaugurated its new waterside Opera House in Copenhagen, which has given the company a fitting new venue in which to develop its great artistic potential.

The Royal Danish Opera is one of the few opera companies in the world to have a soloist ensemble, one recognised for its very high artistic level. The ensemble soloists are also much in demand at other opera houses throughout the world. The Royal Danish Opera Chorus is celebrated as one of the world’s best, and the Royal Danish Orchestra is known far and wide for being an exceptionally accomplished and dedicated orchestra.

The Royal Danish Opera distinguishes itself within the German late Romantic repertoire. The company features internationally renowned Wagner singers and stages critically acclaimed productions of Wagner’s operas.


John Fulljames is the artistic director of the Royal Danish Opera. Between 2011 and 2017 he was employed as Associate Director at The Royal Opera in London where he among others worked closely together with Kasper Holten. Prior to working at The Royal Opera John Fulljames led The Opera Group (now Mahogany Opera Group). Furthermore he has worked with a broad range of composers as well as he has great experience in both creating and producing operas.

Artistic director of Opera
John Fulljames

Chief Conductor

Alexander Vedernikov is educated from the Moscow Conservatory and has since then had an ever growing international career. Vedernikov is a much sought after guest among the world's largest orchestras and regularly works with orchestras like Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D. C. and many more.

Between 2009 and 2016 Vedernikov was chief conductor for Odense Symfoniorkester and before coming to Odense, Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

In 1995 Alexander Vedernikov was one of the main forces in the establishment of the Russian Symphony Orchestra in which he functioned as both Artistic Director and Chief Conductor until 2004. The Russian traditions of theatre and music plays a significant role in Vedernikov's work and especially the composers Prokovfiev and Rachmaninov have influenced his work. Music has always been a part of Vedernikov's life as his father, Alexander Filipovich Vedernikov, was well-known bass-singer in the Soviet Union.

Alexander Vedernikov will be joining the Royal Danish Orchestra as chief conductor in the season 2017-2018.

Chief Conductor Alexander Vedernikov


The Royal Danish Opera Chorus

The Royal Opera Chorus consists of 40 singers fairly evenly divided between men and women. For operas with a large chorus such as the operas of Wagner the permanent chorus is exstended with numerous assistants.

The opera chorus apears in the majority of the operatic repertoire, and chorus members practice during the day and participate in performances in the evening - often several performances alternately.

Thesingers must be able to sing in a multitude of different languages ​​including German, French, English, Italian, Russian and Czech. The singers in the opera chorus often have several different roles in the course of just a single performance.

The critically acclaimed Royal Danish Opera Chorus has been called one of the world's best opera chorus.

Sopranos: Pernille Bruun, Helle Charlotte Petersen, Cille Ebling, Mette Grosbøl, Trine Vestergaard, Nina Sveistrup Clausen, Camilla Paulsson, Annika Isgar, Karen Dinitzen, Hanne Bremholm, Cecilia Hjortsberg
Altos: Pia Rose Hansen, Anne Kleinstrup, Trunte Aaboe, Tine Bye Sandorff, Helle Grarup, Sasse Flodgaard, Mariann Amdisen, Henriette Elimar, Matilde Wallevik
Tenors: Søren Hossy, Imre György, Michael B. Schou, Lars Bo Ravnbak, Thomas Poulsen Kragh, Jan-Erik Sääv, Mogens Gert Hansen, Peter Steen Andersen, Torleif Steinstø, Carl Rahmqvist, Peter Arnoldsson
Basses: Jens Fruergaard Otte, Bo G. Nandfred, Ole Jegindø Norup, Jani Kyllönen, Rasmus Ruge, Morten Lassenius Kramp, Simon Schelling, Lasse Christian Bach, Stefano Olcese


The Royal Danish Opera Chorus


Administrative Director - Malene Truelsen
Executive Secretary - Rebecca Kirkeby
Project Managers - Stig Debois, Mette Bryndum, Line Hauger
Head of Casting - Franziska M. Kaiser
Planning and Artists Coordinators - Morten Danvad,  Henriette Holm Sandbye
Resource Manager - Piet Bossant
Orchestra Director - Antony Ernst
Orchestra Manager - Jens Juul
Orchestra Pit Manager - Mikael Poulsen
Chorus Manager - Karen Tang Andersen
Head of Music - Orsi Fajger
Staff Conductor - Robert Houssart
Répétiteurs - Adam Faber, Ian Ryan, Leif Greibe
Music Archivists - Ulla Aasted Due, Kaspar Frederiksen, Daniel Drage Lotzkat
Piano Technician - Carsten Beyer
Chief Staff Director - Line Kromann
Staff Director - Anne Fugl
Stage Managers - Berit Wolsted Jones,  Martin Korshagen,  Anne Kristine Lauritzen, 
Programme editor - Marie Theilmann
PR and Press - Claus Georg Kjær

Artistic consultant - Henrik Engelbrecht