The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet consists of the companies the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Opera, in addition to the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera Chorus, the Norwegian National Opera Children’s Chorus and the Norwegian National Ballet School.
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet moved into the new Opera House in Bjørvika in 2008.
The Norwegian National Opera
The National Opera is Norway’s only professional opera ensemble, with 7 permanent soloists, in addition to 5 internships for young singers who have recently completed their opera education. In addition, the National Opera engages a number of national and international guest soloists each season. Both the Opera Choir and the Children’s Choir participate in opera performances, with 53 and 80 choristers respectively.
The house’s architecture
Since the opening, pictures of the angular architecture seemingly arising from the waters of Oslo Fjord have become known around the world and today are considered the keystone signature of the Oslo Opera House.
This was precisely the intention of the firm of architects behind this iconic design, Snøhetta, which wanted to make the roof a platform accessible to all and in so doing create a new public space in the centre of Oslo. A parallel wish was to create a new landscape that would draw together the natural beauty of Oslo Fjord and the city.