Opera Hedeland is a modern amphitheatre situated in the beautiful Hedeland Nature Park, where some of the oldest dwellings in Denmark have been found.
The area features a prehistoric funeral site, classic Danish agricultural landscapes and a gently developed hilly leisure area with clean lakes and wonderful forests.
The landscape, the history, and the high-end opera performances provide a unique ambience. At Opera Hedeland, these qualities add up to a very generous way of experiencing opera. Situated only 30 minutes from Copenhagen – in the outskirts of historic Danish capital, Roskilde – an evening at Opera Hedeland is a perfect peak on a shorter or longer stopover in Denmark.
Picnic and opera
Most of the dedicated opera fans arrive early when the gates open at 1700 hrs. and spend the evening in the area, having a picnic in a cosy, informal and significant Danish way, combining high arts and simple joy.
Since 2002 more than 150.000 guests have enjoyed outdoor opera at the 3 evenings each year in the amphitheatre seating more than 3000 spectators.
La Boheme, August 11, 18 & 19 at 8PM
The 2017 production is Puccini´s masterpiece La Bohème. A top Scandinavian artistic team consisting of director and set designer Lars Rudolfsson (Sweden), a.o. renowned for his collaboration with ABBA musician Benny Andersson on musicals like “Kristine from Duvemåla” and numerous highly acclaimed productions, three previous at Opera Hedeland, together with maestro Henrik Schaefer – former assistant of maestro Claudio Abbado and the youngest musician ever to be accepted into the Berlin Philharmonics at the age of just 22.
A young cast with top singers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden – all of whom pursue international careers – will bring this masterpiece to life in a brilliant visual concept changing the August season into a winter season with almost 2000 tons of fresh, natural snow, produced by Finnish world leader in artificial snow production, Snow Tek. The company won the task to produce snow for subtropical Sotji winter olympics in 2014. The stunning visual effects combined with light design by internationally acclaimed Linus Felbom – recently returned from Los Angeles opera to stage and design the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm in 2016.
The tragic love story of La Bohème
La Bohème is the tragic love story between Mimi (née Lucia) and Rodolfo in a young artists´ setting of a freezingly cold Paris around Christmas time. Schaunard, Marcello, Colline and Musetta form the social context of friends around the young, tragic couple. Puccini´s masterful score displays perhaps some of the best opera music ever written: Exquisitely dynamic and fragile at the same time – giving an orchestral backdrop to one of the world´s most popular operas.
The orchestra, Collegium Musicum, consists of musicians from the Chapel Royal at the Royal theatre in Copenhagen and the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Denmarks Radio – two of the absolute top orchestras in Scandinavia.
Getting there is easy – by car or opera shuttle
It is merely a 30 minutes car ride from Copenhagen. Or you can get on the opera shuttle leaving from Ingerslevsgade (right behind the Copenhagen Central Station). Look for a green bus with the company name “KRUSE”. Book in advance at Roskilde@kruse-as.dk. A return ticket is DEK 100,- paid in cash directly to the driver. A free introduction to the opera is given in the bus en route.
The adress is 8, Tranemosevej, DK-2640 Hedehusene
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