the norwegian opera house opens

Congratulations to Oslo and the Norwegian people on the opening of its National Opera House, today joining the hallowed halls of Milan’s La Scala, Sydney’s Opera House, New York’s Metropolitan, and London’s Royal Opera House.

“Innermost in the Oslo Fjord, the opera house rises as a new and monumental landmark,” said Norway’s King Harald V in declaring the Opera open before royalty, national leaders, and music lovers in a gala performance. “This house for many generations to come will be filled with music, dance and song.”

From a Norwegian Embassy PR, “The construction of the new opera house is the largest single culture political initiative in contemporary Norway. It took five years to build and the cost is estimated to 500 million Euros. The result is an extraordinary building in white marble with a roof surface that rises directly from beneath the fjord. Part of the stage area lays 16 m under the surface of the water.

The opera house is designed by the acknowledged Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, and their vision was of an iceberg emerging from the sea. It will be one of the most technically advanced opera houses in the world… In addition to a variety of performances in three different auditoriums, this will also be the first opera house in the world where visitors can take a walk on the roof.”

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Update: I went to the Opera House which was open for the public today and took some interior shots including the impressive curved walls of oak in the foyer, as well as some exterior shots as I walked up the roof using my camera phone.

Related: The pantone of the Opera

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11 Responses to “the norwegian opera house opens”


  1. 1 yed April 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

    nice nice nice! do you know who the architect is? i really like how the floor continues becoming the roof and all that…

  2. 2 freshmess April 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Hi yed! I edited the post to include the architects (Snøhetta). :)

  3. 3 dazedblu April 15, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Nice, I watched a feature story of thuis at DWTV.. I think Euromaxx. It’s really nice hope to visit one day! :)

  4. 4 RennyBA April 16, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Great report about a big cultural event in Norway Mark! I should have been there of course, but from my last post, you can see I was rather busy :-)

  5. 5 freshmess April 17, 2008 at 12:15 am

    @ dazedblu – they showed it there in the philippines? i guess that was a cable channel it was on. let me know when you’ll be here, ok? :)

    @ Renny – i was very excited about the opening, and had been inside and on top twice since saturday. :)

  6. 6 yed April 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    oh i hate it. i missed that episode on euromaxx!

    thanks for adding up the info!

  7. 7 yed April 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    oh my i just noticed. those walls are to die for!!! were you able to notice what material it is??? my oh my, i so want to make oslo as part of my destination next trip! hahaha…

  8. 8 freshmess April 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    @ yed – which walls? the white one or the brown one? the brown’s made of oak, the white one i don’t know, some sort of hard plastic when i touched it, but i could be wrong. it’s illuminated from below. just come here already! :)


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