If you can’t reach anyone at Copenhagen’s Royal Opera this afternoon, it’s because they are reeling from the news, or have been rushed to hospital in shock.
In the biggest gift in Danish opera history, the AP Møller Foundation has pledged ‘a three-digit million’ amount over the next four years to help the Royal Opera recover from DK35 million in Government cuts and the high maintenance costs of a new building.
The gift is in Danish crowns, which are six to the dollar or nine to the UK pounds, but that’s still huge money.
A hundred million DK changes at US$16 million or UK£11m, and this donation is way over one hundred million. It’s an epic icebreaker in Europe, where private giving does not come near to matching US generosity to the arts.
There are two conditions attached. The donor wants tickets to be cheaper for young people and expects to see new productions of the ten most popular operas.
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.