In Norway, climbing mountains feels like the most natural thing to do — so why shouldn’t this also apply to buildings?
Make an early arrival before the play begins and guests commence to fill the hall. Explore that special silence of great expectations that occurs before it all starts. The for an Opera House unusual wooden theme is a soft reminder of Norwegian nature and history.
The intimate horseshoe shape of the The Main Hall hints to the origins of classic theatres. The design of the theatre’s main curtain is signed by artist Pae White.
The central chandelier is created of hand cast glass bars lit from behind by LED lights. When lit or turned of, it has a moon-like presence.
The often massive media attention created by the architecture of the Opera House has helped attracting internationally renowned opera and ballet performers to Oslo. The ever changing ensemble constantly consists of a fruitful combination of highly acclaimed national and international performers.
The purposely set intimacy of the theatre layout enables you as a guest to get close to the performing stars of which you have come to experience.
A classical piece of opera or ballet should stay true to the origins of its interpretation, if you ask some. Others would like to see a brave new take on it. In this house you will find both, and since the opening in 2008, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet has been known for its variety.
The Opera House has a huge inner space with spectacular designs, that is open to the public. In order to create unusual surfaces, architects at Snøhetta worked with artists. One of many examples of astonishing design by different artists is the perforated cladding created by artist Olafur Eliasson.
Come visit the building that was not particularly inspired by previously built landmarks, but rather by Norwegian nature.
People from all over the world have come to walk on the roof and to experience various performances — now it’s your turn to come here and play.
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