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

Opera Soloists

Sopraner: Ann Petersen, Gisela Stille, Sine Bundgaard, Sofie Elkjær Jensen
Mezzosopraner: Elisabeth Halling, Elisabeth Jansson, Hanne Fischer, Johanne Bock, Randi Stene, Susanne Resmark
Tenor: Gert Henning-Jensen, Jens Christian Tvilum, Niels Jørgen Riis, Michael Kristensen
Baryton: Johan Reuter, Palle Knudsen, David Kempster, Jens Søndergård
Bas: Morten Staugaard, Sten Byriel, Kyungil Ko
Basbaryton: Simon Duus

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.

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




Administrative Director - Malene Truelsen
Executive Secretary - Rebecca Kirkeby
Project Managers - Stig Debois, Line Hauger, Anne Sophie Fogedby
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
Chorus Master - Steven Moore
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 -
PR and Press - Claus Georg Kjær

Artistic consultant - Henrik Engelbrecht