We reached Oslo in a cloudy morning and walked to our hotel. Fortunately the hotel was in a good location in central Oslo and opera house is only in a walking distance f. We walked there with the app map.me and found the magnificent architecture of Operahuset. It is operated by Statsbygg, a government agency which manages property for the Norwegian government. 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 roof of the building angles to ground level, creating a large plaza. While much of the building is covered in white granite and La Facciata, a white Italian carrara marble, the stage tower is clad in white aluminium, in a design by Løvaas & Wagle that evokes old weaving patterns. The lobby is surrounded by 15 m (49 ft) tall windows with minimal framing and special glass that allows maximum views of the water. The roof is supported by thin angled columns also designed not to interfere with views.
Interior surfaces are covered in oak to bring warmth to spaces in contrast to the coolness of the white exterior. The main auditorium is a horseshoe shape and illuminated by an oval chandelier containing 5,800 handmade crystals. The structure contains 1,100 rooms in a total area of 38,500 m2. The main auditorium seats 1,364 and two other performance spaces can seat 200 and 400. Seats include monitors for the electronic libretto system, allowing audiences to follow opera libretti in Norwegian and English in addition to the original language.
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