Opera re-opens after ceiling accident

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Performances at the Norwegian Opera House in Oslo were resuming this week after some emergency work to secure the ceiling. The Opera’s main performance arena was closed after a piece of the ceiling suddenly down on a portion of the audience in the second balcony.

News bureau NTB reported that there were no injuries after the March 8 incident but police and the state property agency Statsbygg decided to halt the performance of Ildfuglen/Vårofferet that was underway, for safety reasons. Performances also set for Saturday March 9 and Saturday March 16 were also cancelled for the same reason.

Building inspectors have since examined the ceiling and secured it. A few seats right under the area where a plank fell down have, however been cordoned off indefinitely.

The Opera, located on Oslo’s eastern waterfront at Bjørvika, has become a major landmark. It was designed by the Oslo-based architect firm Snøhetta and opened in 2008.

newsinenglish.no staff