Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House, once a controversial build, is now the pride of the capital. Locals love this cultural institution that offers a packed schedule of events, year round. As a visitor, it won’t fail to impress you. State-of-the-art facilities on the inside are complimented by an architectural gem on the exterior. Make sure you also go on the roof to enjoy the view, the full scale of the building and the gorgeous view of the fjords.
After much political discussion, Oslo Opera became a reality and opened its doors to the public in 2008. The building was the first in the major regeneration project of Bjørvika, the city’s harbor area. The stark contract of the sharp lines against the fjord waters make this building globally renowned. The architectural company, Snøhetta, were responsible for the design, which uses Italian white marble on the exterior and oak inside.
Norwegian National Opera and BalletThe Opera House is home to The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, which both are the only professional opera and ballet companies in Norway. The venue is Norway's largest performing arts institution with a focus on traditional and contemporary pieces, meaning there is a wide selection of shows on the program. Performances are supported by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra and the 60 strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus.
Making the most of your visitFor the perfect behind the scenes visit, join the 50-minute guided tour and learn what goes on behind the curtain. In addition to learning about the incredible architecture and seeing the main hall, which has a capacity of 1,400, find out where all the preparations take place in the costume workshop and painting room. If you are lucky, you may even see rehearsals taking place during your visit. English tours are limited, so to avoid missing out, book your tickets in advance.
In the foyer shop, you can pick up souvenirs as well as music and films from some of the world’s best classical artists and performances. There is also a good range of publications and gifts. There are several restaurants and bars in Oslo Opera, so whether you are looking for pre-theater dining or a light lunch, you will find it here.
For the ultimate theater break in this Scandinavian capital, book your seat in the main hall and your accommodation at the nearby Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo. This is the perfect place to return after enjoying the sights and sounds of the Norwegian National Opera.