Opera celebrates its first 10 years

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The Norwegian Opera and Ballet were tuning up for celebrations on Thursday to mark 10 years since the Opera House opened in Oslo on April 12, 2008. The partying was due to continue through the weekend.

Norway’s national Opera House on Oslo’s eastern waterfront has become a landmark in the Norwegian capital. Its 10th anniversary celebrations were including a gala nationally televised program Thursday night and formation of a choir made up thousands of singers who were to assemble on the Opera’s popular roof on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

The Opera House, designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta, instantly became a landmark when it opened, and an anchor for the ongoing redevelopment of Oslo’s eastern waterfront. Its accessible and sloping roof became especially popular with locals and visitors alike, offering new views of the city and fjord.

The Opera House took nearly five years to build and remains the largest cultural project to have been constructed in Norway since the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was erected in the Middle Ages. Its pricetag hit NOK 4.2 billion, and millions of people have passed through it, some of whom have never seen an opera.

State broadcaster NRK was airing a special live program from the Opera House Thursday night, and on Saturday, thousands of singers from all over Norway hoped to break a record with their effort to form the world’s largest choir ever. They’re all due to take part in a rendition of Slavekoret (Va, pensiero) from Verdi’s opera Nabucco at 1pm. The best viewing and sound is expected to be from across the water along the promenade that runs in front of the old maritime building Havnelageret.

newsinenglish.no staff