The Royal Danish Opera House has undergone a major new lighting project installing SGM P-5 wash lights to illuminate the building. To mark the opera house’s 10th season, 30 P-5 wash lights will now be used for every opening night of a new show. This started with Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier followed by Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth.
Tommy Larsen, lighting designer and technical manager at the Royal Danish Theatre, explained: “We wanted to create a hype around the opera house and put focus on this amazing building, which is visible throughout central Copenhagen and the Dockland.”
The opera house presented immediate challenges with the structure encompassing a glass façade with steel bars, as well as the task of illuminating the water in front of the building, while considering the audience seated in the foyer area.
Despite early reservations Larsen was impressed with the P-5’s performance: “The P-5 is a unique luminaire; it provides a world-class beam angle, its colour mix is fantastic and it is tremendously easy to operate both as stand-alone fixture or chained together.”