The opera Alceste premiered to a rapturous response at The Royal Danish Theatre this week with the rarely performed greek drama first written in 1767 by Christoph Willibald Gluck receiving a clever and thoroughly modern make over by stage director Christof Loy. True, the adults dressed as children erred on the side of freaky, but by telling the story through the eyes of a child the opera gained a new dimension. The Baroque score by Concerto Copenhagen was magnificent and the harrowing voice of Alceste, sang by Mireille Delunsch, reverberated in my head for the entire cycle ride home.
Photographs by Thomas Petri for The Royal Danish Theatre
Henning Larsen Architects stamped their indelible mark on the Copenhagen skyline with the Royal Opera House, opened in 2005. Now the practice has achieved a similar feat in Iceland with Harpa - Reykjvaik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, which has just been selected Building of the Year by the magazine FORM. Both projects saw the architects collaborate with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson - in Copenhagen he created the spectacular chandeliers in the Opera House foyer and in Reykjvaik the dramatic water-side facade. You can also check out his work over a cocktail at Karriere Bar, an achingly cool bar/restaurant/art space in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district.
Excited to see that the boys behind Malbeck wine bar, Hans Haahr and Patrick Mouritzen, have opened a new joint Malbeck Vinoteria on the corner of Elmegade and Birkrgade in Nørrebro. Delicious red wine served in posh Riedel glasses, plus a food menu. Rigtig godt.
Kicked off Designs on Denmark with a Christmas lunch at Noma. Yes, the food was incredible (and the bill terrifying) but it was the crumbling plaster walls, tactile butter knives and sumptuous furs that really had me drooling.