The Oslo Opera House is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is located in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord.
The Opera House contains 1,100 rooms in a total area of 49,000 m2.
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. under its budget of 4.4 billion NOK.
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.
The Opera House won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 and the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
- The Opera House won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 and the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
- The main auditorium seats 1,364 and two other performance spaces can seat 200 and 400.
- The opera is designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta.
- The Opera House opened in 2008.
The closest car parks are located in Sørenga and Prinsens gate, and at Oslo Central Station
Bicycle parking is available along Operagaten, and on the south side of the Oslo Opera House