Tomasz Konieczny, Ann Petersen, & Jens Søndergaard Lead The Royal Danish Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Danish Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring new productions, world premieres, and experimental works. There will also be several international stars and household names.


“Opera i det fri” will be presented to open the season.

Performance Dates May 21 – August 8, 2021

“Opera i Roskilde” will be part of the Out and About series.

Performance Date: August 1, 2021

“The Mystique Desire” will make its world premiere. The work will feature music by Mozart, Cher, Wagner, and Queen and will star Vinegar Strokes, Ann Petersen, Lukas Hartvig-Møller, Adrian Angelico, Elisabeth Jansson, Simon Duus, and Samuel MariñoKrystian Lada directs while Ewa Strusinska conducts.

Performance Dates: August 18 – Sept. 12, 2021

Marie Jacquot conducts Gounod’s “Faust” with a cast that includes Niels Jørgen Riis, Kyungil Ko, Sofie Elkjær Jensen, Luthando Qave, and Kari Dahl Nielsen.

Performance Dates: Sept. 9 – Oct. 27, 2021

Kasper Holten directs Lehár’s “Die lustige Witwe 2.0” with a cast that includes Morten Staugaard, Simon Duus, Dénise Beck, Clara Cecilie Thomsen, Palle Knudsen, Peter Lodahl, Gisela Stille, Sine Bundgaard, Gert Henning-Jensen, and Jens Christian Tvilum.

Performance Dates: Oct. 10, 2021 – Feb. 11, 2022

Pavel Valuzhin, Migran Agadzhanyan, Sofie Elkjær Jensen, Gisela Stille, Jens Søndergaard, Luthando Qave, Clara Cecilie Thomsen, Eldrid Gorset, Simon Duus, Tomi Punkeri, Kyungil Ko, and Nicolai Elsberg star in Puccini’s “La bohème.” Robert Houssart conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30, 2021 – April 7, 2022

Huang Ruo presents his new work “Book of Mountains and Seas” which brings singers and puppeteers together to evoke a mythological world of sunbirds, demons, and hairy giants. The themes of the myths are interpreted in four visual and musical tableaux.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3 – 7, 2021

The Danish National Opera will present the company’s first staging of Verdi’s “Aida.”

Performance Dates: Nov. 21 – 22, 2021

Karolina Sofulak directs a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.Nick Fletcher and Paolo Carignani conduct the production which is set to star Matteo Lippi, Johan Reuter, Gisela Stille, Li Keng, Johanne Bock, Rainelle Krause, and Caroline Wettergreen.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14, 2021 – Jan. 29, 2022

Kim Leine and Knut Hamsun’s “Pan” makes its world premiere.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14 – 19, 2021

Palle Knudsen and Jens Søndergaard share the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in a cast that includes Nicolai Elsberg, Mandy Fredrich, Clara Cecilie Thomsen, Jens Christian Tvilum, Jacob Skov Andersen, Sine Bundgaard, Elisabeth Jansson, Morten Staugaard, Kyungil Ko, Tomi Punkeri, Magnus Berg, Kari Dahl Nielsen, Eldrid Gorset, and Julia Jones. John Fulljames directs the production with Julia Jones and Steven Moore conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 16 – June 3, 2022

John Fulljames directs a new production of Wagner’s Die Walkure” with Thomas Søndergård conducting. The opera stars Bryan Register, Tomasz Konieczny, Morten Staugaard, Ann Petersen, Trine Møller, and Hanne Fischer.

Performance Dates: March 6 – 27, 2022

Strauss’ “Der Graf von Luxemburg” will be performed by singers of the Danish National Opera Chorus.

Performance Dates: March 21 – 22, 2022

Mesdames de la Halle” and “Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le…” by Offenbach will be experienced for the first time in Denmark. The works will be performed by stars from the Royal Opera Academy.

Performance Dates: March 21 – 26, 2022

Maria Pia Piscitelli and Ann Petersen star in Puccini’s Toscaalongside Niels Jørgen Riis and Jens Søndergaard. Rafael Payare conducts a production by Peter Langdal.

Performance Dates: April 2 – May 22, 2022

Puccini’s “La bohème” will be performed in a concert version with Migran Agadzhanyan, Gisela Stille, Luthando Qave, Clara Cecilie Thomsen, Kyungil Ko, and Simon Duus.

Performance Date: TBA

Mozart’s “Mitridate” is set to be directed by Ralf Pleger and conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortense. The opera is set to star Stuart Jackson, Elísabet Einarsdóttir, Emöke Baráth, Morten Grove Frandsen, Sarah Aristidou, Sebastian Monti, and Kari Dahl Nielsen.

Performance Dates: April 8 – 24, 2022

Alex Ollé directs Shostakovich’s “The Nose” with a cast that includes Palle Knudsen, Simon Duus, Gina Gloria Tronel, Conny Thimander, Gert Henning-Jensen, Nicolai Elsberg, Hanne Fischer, and Melissa Baug.

Performance Dates: May 1 – June 2, 2022

Louise Alenius’ “Manualen” will be performed alongside Kurt Weill’s “Die sieben Todsünden.” Patrick Kinmonth and Sasha Milavic Davies direct the double bill with conductor Robert Houssart leading the works. Soloists include Oh Land, Elisabeth Jansson, Kyungil Ko, Sofie Elkjær Jensen, Michael Kristensen, Signe Asmussen, Fredrik Bjellsäter, Mathias Monrad Møller, and Joakim Larsson.

Performance Dates: May 15 – June 4, 2022