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.

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



Artistic Director Sven Müller 

Sven Müller was born in 1964 in Hamburg. He has studied musicology at the University of Hamburg, has graduated in opera production at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and has also studied piano and violin.

From 1992-2000 he worked as a freelance director and assistant director with responsibility for the staging of revival productions for Marco Arturo Marelli, August Everding and Michael Haensel at e.g. Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, Opéra de Toulon, the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, the Bulgarian National Opera in Sofia and the Ukrainian National Opera in Kiev. During this period, Sven Müller staged six of his own opera productions, including Albert Herring at the Hamburg State Opera, Zar und Zimmermann at Theater Zwickau and Boulevard Solitude at Musikhochschule Hamburg.

From 2000-2003, Sven Müller was Artistic Administrator at the opera in Graz and served from 2004-2006 as Director of Opera. At the opera in Graz he improved the level of the permanent soloist ensemble and founded an opera academy for young singers and organized the concert series for Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a main driving force behind the hosting of a wide range of opera introductions and audience debates.

From 2007-2008, Sven Müller served as Deputy Artistic Director of the Portuguese National Opera Sao Carlos in Lisbon, where he, among other things, organized the concert series of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa. 

Since 2008, he has served as Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Danish Opera, where his main tasks have been to cast the theater’s soloists, enhance the quality of performing guest singers and conductors, as well as organize the Royal Danish Orchestra’s concert series. Since February 2012, he has served as Acting Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera.

Sven Müller has received several grants and awards. Besides speaking his native German, he also speaks English, Bulgarian, Italian, and is currently also learning Danish, French and Portuguese.

Operachef Sven Müller


Administrative Director - Malene Truelsen
Executive Secretary - Rebecca Kirkeby
Project Managers - Stig Debois,  Mette Bryndum, Line Hauger
Artistic Administrator and Planner - Franziska M. Kaiser
Planning and Artists Coordinators - Morten Danvad,  Henriette Holm Sandbye, Birgitte Feldtskov
Financial Administrator - Piet Bossant
Orchestra Director - Thomas Brændstrup
Orchestra Pit Managers - Jens Juul,  Mikael Poulsen
Chorus Director - Bo Lundby-Jæger
Chorus Manager - Karen Tang Andersen
Studienleiter - Leif Greibe, Orsi Fajger
Assistant conductors - Neville Dove, Robert Houssart
Répétiteurs - Adam Faber, Ian Ryan
Music Archivists - Ulla Aasted Due, Kaspar Frederiksen
Piano Technician - Carsten Beyer
Staff Directors - Anne Fugl,  Line Kromann
Stage Managers - Berit Wolsted Jones,  Martin Korshagen,  Anne Kristine Lauritzen, 
Programme editors and dramaturgs - Marie Theilmann
PR and Press - Claus Georg Kjær

Artistic consultant - Henrik Engelbrecht

Advisory board:
Elisabeth Linton
Henrik Hartmann
Jens Hesselager
Jørgen Hansen
Kirsten Dehlholm
Kresten Schultz-Jørgensen
Lotte Heise
Mikkel Bogh
Morten Messerschmidt
Mathias Friis-Hansen (Royal Danish Orchestra)
Simon Schelling (Royal Danish Opera Chorus)
Tuva Semmingsen (Member of the Soloist ensemble)