The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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  • Erik H
    23 contributions
    White theatre building
    Original building made from white Italian marble can be seen on the shore of the city fjord from many places. At the top of the roof is organized observation area. You can come directly there from the street.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2023
  • KentishManOfKent
    Tenterden, United Kingdom417 contributions
    Roof walking for great views
    I had a few hours to kill in Oslo as i was heading to Bergen the following day, so i headed down to the Harbour area. The Oslo Opera House really stands out. It reminded my of the Sydney Opera House for some reason. Along with a lot of other people, i walked up on to the large roof incline which heads up to the top of the building, which is a great place to view that part of Oslo. Once back on the ground, i walked along the side of the building that faces the harbour and you can see inside many windows showing the artistic creations for the opera, such as clothing, masks, hats and wigs etc, which was a great touch!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Joe
    7 contributions
    Been there, done that, ticked
    It’s like a bucket list thing, you just have to watch 1 show inside. Watched the ballet there, not the most impressive one , the main hall is not as big as I’d imagined, but it made the exiting very easy. And don’t get too excited on the roof, there’s some obstructions which were bit difficult to see in the white background .
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Hamiczech
    Ostrava, Czech Republic563 contributions
    Beautiful architecture
    Stunning building which u cant miss. It is possible to walk on the roof. It is just at the sea so you have amazing view. On the ground floor there is a cafe with outdoor terrace but when the weather is nice probably you will not find free table. Must be great also inside but we werent.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • MrThomas1981
    Ipswich, United Kingdom776 contributions
    Great view of the city from the roof
    The roof of the opera house is completely open and you are free to wander at your leisure. There are great views from the top and its nice to be part of its architecture for a brief moment. It is VERY icy in winter and you will probably spend more time on your bottom than standing up so be warned if you bruise easily! Great way to soak up some of the atmosphere of the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 2, 2023
  • StevenKolsteren
    Groningen, The Netherlands189 contributions
    Sculpturesque building
    Like most people, we visited the roofs overlooking the fjord. You can climb the slopes and have different views everywhere, but the marble is slippery. In front of the building, in the water lies a stunning sculpture made of glass and iron by a Venetian artist, a modern interpretation of Caspar David Friedrichs famous 19th century painting of a ship wrecked in ice.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Sct Lucia
    Copenhagen, Denmark39 contributions
    Okay for an evening walk
    We walked on outside facade of the opera building. On the other side of the building there was a little playground on the small beach which our kids of 5 and 7 year old found fun to play with. There were some ducks in the sea they tried to feed.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,746 contributions
    Great building and viewpoint for Oslo
    Outstanding building located few hundred metres from main Oslo train station. You can go inside when concerts not on and there is a good cafe/restaurant inside with an outside terrace. The interior design is very impressive. The outside roof terrace is a bit of a climb with fantastic views across the city and Oslo Fjord. There are also tours available inside the opera house and make up rooms/behind the scenes workings. Must see part of an Oslo visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • thomaslegner
    Vienna, Austria292 contributions
    One of Europe's most beautiful Opera Houses
    Oslo's Opera must be one of the most beautiful Opera Houses in all of Europe, the architecture is simply stunning. While it may not be able to compete with Europe's great opera houses (Vienna, Milan, etc.) on a musical level, it is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jongleurgirl
    England, United Kingdom931 contributions
    Walking on the roof of an opera house!
    The setting of the opera house is quite spectacular, the building all white and glass set into the blue waters is beautiful. We did not go inside but did walk on the roof which was quite surreal. The area is vast and the reflections in the glass makes for fun photos. Please be aware that there are trip hazards due to the dazzling white and the design which makes small almost invisible steps.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
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midway42
Georgia3,089 contributions
Jul 2022
Norway’s tradition of opera is by modern standards fairly recent. The world-famous soprano Kirsten Flagstad put the country on the map after her debut at the Met in 1935, and she became the country’s first Opera Director in 1957. The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Company ensued, and garnered enough attention and resources to build a home for their performances. In 1999 the Norwegian legislature confirmed construction of the theater, and 350 entires were submitted. The Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta was declared the winner, and the rest is history. Construction took four years and over 700 million dollars, and the current Opera House was opened to the public in 2008.

I passed by here on a whim, to confirm the pier that my cruise to Oscarsburg was going to depart from later in the week. The exterior of the building was so striking I spontaneously decided to visit and walked around the roof for maybe thirty minutes. This was a bit of a surreal experience, as you can literally go down to the water’s edge and fifteen minutes later be on the apex of the roof with views across the harbor. As there were no performances, I decided to take a fifty minute walking tour later that week. This was well done, starting in the foyer and continuing to the medium and large performance halls, as well as the back stage lifts and costume shop. Our docent was well versed in the history of the venue as well as the current operations.

In summary, despite the fact I didn’t get to see a performance, this was a worthwhile visit. First, the building is simply magnificent to look at. While the exterior is striking, the interior is more subtle but no less impressive. I’m not an “architectural expert” by any means but certainly on a visceral level this was a worthwhile stop. Second, the behind-the-scenes perspective of the amount of time, effort, people, and money that it takes to run a venue and opera/ballet performance was fascinating. My only small quibble would be that the tour only focussed on the interior of the building; an extra (final?) stop outside to explain the roof and maybe the “She Lies” sculpture would have made a good presentation perfect.

Recommended. Even those without an interest in the performing arts will enjoy a rooftop walk and the accompanying views. Others will want to take a tour and, hopefully on my next visit, a performance.
Written July 31, 2022
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Masood K
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1,456 contributions
Feb 2020
The Opera building situated across the station in the heart of the city is in itself a piece of art. Upon inquiry we were told that the design was that of a Glacier.

Even if one doesn’t go to see a show, one does go up the building which is like big wide ram where wheelchairer and prams can also be taken. Youngsters throng this place a lot and you see the entire skyline and the harbor of Oslo from the vantage point. We had a beautiful sun-set view from up above.

Do visit if you are in the city centre, particular during evening hours. You won’t regret spending an hour over here.
Written March 25, 2020
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cecilieeidslott
Oslo, Norway36 contributions
Feb 2020
We went to see Madame Butterfly. It's always fun to come to the Opera-building in Oslo. The architecture is very beautiful and worth a closer look! Haven't eaten at the restaurant - it's not all that appealing as it is placed sort of in the middle of the 1st floor where all the Opera guests hang out between acts. The place is nevertheless worth a visit and a glass of wine!
Written February 17, 2020
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,509 contributions
May 2020
An amazing architectural result. At the head of the Oslofjord, this stunning modern building of Italian white marble and granite is a must see when visiting Oslo. You can walk up on to the roof but tread carefully in wet weather. There are steps and foot treads to make it less dangerous. Great views from the top of the building down the Fjord and across the City. Has the appearance of an iceberg at the end of the Fjord. Very impressive.

Unfortunately it was closed the day we visited but no doubt worth a visit inside and to a performance if you ever have the opportunity.
Written April 6, 2021
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sattelite10
St Charles,Missouri1,059 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We viewed this beautiful structure at night while walking along the waterfront after dinner. It looked spectacular in the reflection of the water and people were walking along the angled roof. We watched the floating saunas and people jumping into the icy waters , then back again. It was beautiful .
Written February 3, 2020
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debchan2015
Aberdeen, UK20 contributions
Jun 2022
Definitely visit this if you are in Oslo. It's immense fun walking up on the roof, seeing the views and people-watching. Restaurants within are over-priced and over-rated with mediocre customer serice (having had drinks, snacks and a meal there) but there are plenty of other options in the surrounding area. Good accessibility, baggage storage and cloakroom areas. I loved the elegant but understated architecture both in and out. Attended Alexander Eckmans Swan Lake and did the behind the scenes tours. Both absolutely stunning.
Written June 26, 2022
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Dazzliedee
Scotland22 contributions
Nov 2019
What an amazing building, I had no idea that there was a building like this in Oslo, it commands an amazing position and you can actually walk all over the roof and the views from the top are spectacular, you can even see the Olympic Ski jump in the distance! Unfortunately the day we visited the Opera House was closed but it did not matter as the experience of walking up and over and down the roof was just incredible . This is an absolute must if you are visiting Oslo and also it was a fun experience, I would imagine it can rival Sydney for the roof walk, also a very imposing building. Highly recommended
Written January 8, 2020
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CAM
London, UK391 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We enjoyed walking on the white marble roof which is where we got a sense of the glacial scale of this spectacular building which overlooks the fjord. Inside it was warm and organic and filled with a spiral oak structure made of thousands of pieces of wood. Light flows in through the huge floor to ceiling windows. Wonderful!
Written February 18, 2020
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deehell
Beaconsfield, UK377 contributions
Feb 2020
This building rivals Sydney for impact. With the genius idea of allowing walkways up to its roof, providing views across Oslo and its fjord, even on a bitter winter day, it's worth your while walking round the exterior and then having a coffee in the downstairs bar to marvel at the views from inside (and of the wooden sauna boats with people jumping into the fjord after heating up inside). It really is world-class architecture and I'd love to see a performance here too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Wee C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We walked in on a cold evening to get some warmth. The building itself attracts attention from the outside near the waterfront. Very impressive and many like us was enticed to walk in. It was equally impressive from the inside as well. The cloakroom was avant garde and most interesting. White spacious spaces all around. Unfortunately we weren't able to join the tour as it was closed for the day. Those who loved opera and orchestra would be thrilled to join the tour and see it from the inside.
Written March 5, 2020
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