Opera Houses can become iconic buildings in cities world-wide and the one in Oslo, Norway is no exception.
Opened in 2008, the Oslo Opera House is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The building forms a wedge with its massive roof running down into the harbour.
The internals of the building are just as impressive.
Some interesting snippets:
- the main theatre holds about 1400 people (including about 100 standing room spaces sold each night at the venue at a low cost), in a horseshoe shape – with good views of the stage from every seat;
- the stage is very flexible with its 16 metres by 16 metres being able to be lowered 12 metres into the ground – as a whole of for any 1 square metre portion;
- when the main stage is lowered entirely, a second stage can be moved into the space from behind – opening up all sorts of set flexibility;
- sets to a height of 9 metres can be moved about the back of house and stage areas;
- the extensive back of house areas include the full range of rehearsal, set construction, costume making, administration and other facilities, which mean much of the opera / ballet function is under one roof;
- the related sculpture in the harbour in front of the opera House is floating, rotates with the wind, is chained to the harbour floor and weighs about 300 tons.