On Friday, 31 August and Saturday, 1 September 2018, Denmark’s first country-house opera festival will be launched at Engestofte Gods, in the Lolland region.
The festival has been designed around a double-bill format that will increase rural access to canonical operatic works while simultaneously expanding the Danish repertoire.
Danish Arts Fest will also promote and celebrate all that the great outdoors has to offer and the benefits of rural living.
We would like to invite you to join us to play a role in developing opera in Denmark.
Denmark is a haven for culture. Arts, music, dance, theatre, fashion. You name it, Denmark offers it all, all year round. However, despite being ranked as the happiest country in the world – prioritising nature and embracing all that the great outdoors has to offer – Denmark has yet to fall under the magical spell of festival opera.
Over a number of years, the festival founders became increasingly aware of this gap in Danish opera and of the potential that the Danish landscape had for being both a home to existing operatic works as well as a harbour for new operas, written in Danish: a place where new music could grow as naturally as the trees surrounding the performance space. By founding a new arts festival at the Engestofte estate, Danish Arts Fest is creating a new stage where opera can be experienced in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty.
2018 will witness the founding of Denmark’s first major summer arts festival, designed to be the country’s own unique take on country-house opera. Danish Arts Fest will pair existing one-act operas with new Danish-language operas, commissioned specifically for premiere at the festival, and invite the best young international artists to bring the works to life.
Danish Arts Fest looks to be a vital force on the Danish and northern European operatic scene and has hit upon a refreshing way of presenting new work alongside neglected gems from the past. I wish the venture every success and am excited by the prospect of contributing in a small way as a board member.
– Andrew Mellor, journalist and critic