Copenhagen Opera House, Copenhagen
Tel: 45 33 69 69 69 (Royal Danish Theatre Box Office)
Concierge.com's insider take:
Opened in 2005, Denmark's first purpose-built opera house, a striated, bulgy glass module with a "floating" slab of a roof, asserts its presence on the harbor. The production calendar is equally aggressive: Elvis Costello's The Secret Songs, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's platonic relationship with songbird Jenny Lind, debuted in spring 2007, and the company regularly offers a mix of restaged warhorses like Tosca and adventurous surprises like the 2007 musical Matador, based on a Scandinavian television show. The Opera's main theater is sheathed in a glossy wood globe, suspended like a Tibetan bead inside the exterior glass walls, and the seamlessly revolving stage means there is always something to look at. Unfortunately, the projected supertitles are in Danish. Because tickets sell out fast, it's safest to survey the upcoming calendar before your trip and order online. Any last-minute discounts, though rare, are posted on www.kglteater.dk.