The Royal Danish Opera

The Royal Danish Opera

The Royal Opera is a home for the unmatched live experience of opera and symphonic music. We welcome artists and ideas from all over the world and export art made in  Denmark to the world.

Today, we maintain an ensemble of soloists as well as the Opera Chorus and the Royal Danish Orchestra, who together with our guest artists perform the full range of the operatic repertoire at the highest international standards.


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

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.

Chief Conductor Alexander Vedernikov

Opera Soloists

The Royal Danish Opera Soloist Ensemble features more than 30 opera soloists from all over Scandinavia. Many of the ensemble singers also enjoy distinguished international careers and perform extensively, both nationally and internationally.


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.




Administrative Director - Malene Truelsen
Executive Secretary - Annett Fogh
Project Managers - Stig Debois, Line Hauger, Anne Sophie Fogedby
Head of Casting - Franziska M. Kaiser
Planning and Artists Coordinators - Morten Danvad,  Henriette Holm Sandbye, Anne Hauger
Resource Manager - Piet Bossant
Special consultant - Anne Freese
Orchestra Director - Antony Ernst
Orchestra Manager - Jens Juul
Orchestra Pit Manager - Mikael Poulsen
Chorus Manager - Karen Tang Andersen
Chorus Master - Steven Moore
Head of Music - Orsi Fajger
Staff Conductor - Robert Houssart
Répétiteurs - Ian Ryan, Leif Greibe, Thomas Bagwell, Nick Fletcher
Music Archivists - Ulla Aasted Due, Daniel Drage Lotzkat
Piano Technician - Carsten Beyer
Head Staff Directors - Line Kromann
Stage Managers - Berit Wolsted Jones,  Martin Korshagen,  Anne Kristine Lauritzen 
Programme editor - Mariann Sejer Lindhardt Nielsen
PR and Press - Claus Georg Kjær
Project manager communication - Premilla Hesdorf