The Oslo Opera House (Norwegian: Operahuset) is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighbourhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It is operated by Statsbygg, the government agency which manages property for the Norwegian government. The structure contains 1,100 rooms in a total area of 49,000 m2 (530,000 sq ft). The main auditorium seats 1,364 and two other performance spaces can seat 200 and 400. The main stage is 16 m (52 ft) wide and 40 m (130 ft) deep. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with marble from Carrara, Italy and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water. It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidarosdomen was completed circa 1300.
In 1999, after a long national debate, the Norwegian legislature decided to construct a new opera house in the city. A design competition was held and, of the 350 entries received, the judges chose that of the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. Construction started in 2003 and was completed in 2007, ahead of schedule and 300 million NOK (~US$52 million) under its budget of 4.4 billion NOK (~US$760 million). The gala opening on 12 April 2008 was attended by His Majesty King Harald, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and President Tarja Halonen of Finland and other leaders. During the first year of operation, 1.3 million people passed through the building's doors.
Jenny Qian | Jul 7, 2018
Really nice building, with an interesting architectural design. The whole building is white such that, in summer, it is pretty reflective and can be used quite “painful” to look at if you don’t have sunglasses. You’re able to walk into the roof of the building, but watch your step cause there are these very small steps (easy to miss) every now and again that people tend to trip on. The inside of the building is also quite nice, and well designed. I didn’t attend any events so I cannot comment on the quality of those.
Horia Calborean | May 27, 2018
I gave it 5 stars so i do not downgrade it because I was not at "the opera". I visited the place and ate at the restaurant. So the restaurant was nice. The food was very good. The waiter presented the food, what it contains and stuff when they bring it to your table. So fancy place, but at the same time I felt like I was eating in a not so crowded train station. A lot of sounds announcing that the play is starting or is about to start and many people in large groups passing you by. Also you must climb on the roof. It is a nice experience.
Carina Rose | Jun 10, 2018
This is the opera, so naturally it's worth a look. They have some great pieces here, like the swan lake, Carmen and so forth, but also a lot of modern takes on both new and old opera and ballet. The building itself is pretty cool and you can walk up on the roof as long as it's not icy there. A few minutes walk away is Sørenga with some great bars and restaurants for a glass of wine after the opera.
Александр Рудольфович | Jun 7, 2018
Amazing place. Amazing view. Boar cruise departures next to it. I was going for a cruise and discovered the opera accidentally. Nice staff. Beautiful decoration. I am usually not a fan of modern architecture but Norwegians know how to make modern and ancient look nice together. Definitely recommended. Nice food as well.
Andreas Rønbeck | Jun 21, 2018
Great and iconic building, marvellous placement by the sea. Oslo's beautifully crafted Opera House deserves a visit. Surrounded by the new National Library and new Munch Museum (currently under construction), when finished, the Bjørvika Area will be quite astonishing. The area is by far one of the greatest sights to see in Oslo.
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