The Oslo Opera House hosts the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and it stands out as this Scandinavian’s country landmark. Overlooking the Oslofjord, this original modern edifice is situated in the center of the capital city and it offers a spectacular view from its rooftop, both in the snowy season as during the summer. The most visually striking feature of the Opera is the white marble roof that gives the impression of it rising from the Oslofjord. At times, concerts take place on the roof and the foyer.

Oslo Opera House Video & Photos

Highlights

  • Rooftop – The rooftop of the Opera is a common meeting place for day and night breaks for the city inhabitants. People can sit on its rooftop, enjoy time off and a splendid view.
  • Restaurants & bars – Besides for the view and the spectacles, you can also enjoy dinner or drinks inside and outside the Opera. You can find out more about this here.

Prices

Visiting the Opera House is free of charge. However, you can book tickets for spectacles and guided tours by phone, at the box office or online (in Norwegian only).

The tickets for an opera show range from 600 to 1.200 kroner and you have to book in advance since they are very popular. Sometimes you can get discounted tickets for standing seats at selected spectacles for even 100 kroner, if you check the website regularly.

Pre-booked guided tours of the Opera (max. 25 persons) are available in English, German, Norwegian or French.

Tip

An Oslo Pass will grant you 20% discount on guided tours. You can buy one from  Tourist Information Centers  hotels, campsites, youth hostels and museums, or book it online.

 Passes Child (4-15) Adult
 Oslo Pass 24h 120 NOK 270 NOK
 Oslo Pass 48h 145 NOK 395 NOK
 Oslo Pass 72h 190 NOK 495 NOK

Transport

  • The best way to get to the Opera House is to walk on the main street, Karl Johan. The city center clusters around this street and it will inevitably lead you to the opera.
  • The closest public transportation stop is Oslo Central Station ( Oslo S), the main railway station in Oslo. It is the terminus of Drammen Line, Gardermoen Line, Gjøvik Line, Hoved Line and Østfold Line.

With Oslo Pass you also benefit from free transportation (including night buses) in zones 1 and 2, where all the main attractions are. You can find more about transportation with Oslo Pass here.

History

The Opera House was a governmental project designed to become an artistic landmark of Norway. In 2000, the architectural form Snøhetta won an international competition to create the building. The project’s costs raised to €500 million and it was completed in five years.

The opening gala was held on 12 April 2008. Over 1 million people visited the building in its first year.

Interesting Facts

  • A part of the energy the building uses comes from solar panels.
  • The Opera won a number of prestigious awards, including the International Architecture Award (2010) and de Mies vand der Rohe Prize (2009).

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