The Copenhagen Opera divides its programming between two stages: historical (“gamle scene,” the Royal Danish Theatre) and contemporary (“operaen store scene,” the Copenhagen Opera House). The Royal Danish Theatre is an ideal setting for the music of composers such as Handel or Mozart. The original theatre was built in 1748, reconstructed to seat more people, then a new building was built next to the original theatre to be able to seat even more people. Designed in a neo-Renaissance style, the façade is fronted by solemn columns and a loggia, but the interior is all the more extravagant. Today, in addition to “chamber” operas, the Royal Danish Ballet frequently use this stage.