Norsk 101: Norges første operahus

Norway’s first opera house

Photo: Didrick_Stenersen / VisitNorway
Snøhetta has become a focal point of the city’s waterfront Bjørvika disctric.

Language practice with Christie Ericson

Operahuset i (The Opera House in) Oslo er Norges første operahus (is Norway’s first opera house) og hjemmet til (and the home of) Den Norske Opera og Ballett (the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet).

Operahuset ligger (The Opera House is located) ved Oslofjorden i (on the Oslo fjord in) Bjørvika og er tegnet av (and was designed by) det norske arkitektfirmaet (the Norwegian architectural firm) Snøhetta. Det åpnet for publikum i (It opened to the public in) 2008 og er blitt (and has become) en stor turistattraksjon (a major tourist attraction).

Bygget er bekledd (The building is clad) av plater i hvit marmor (in white marble slabs) fra Italia (from Italy). Det strålende hvite taket (The brilliant white roof) ser ut som et isfjell (looks like an iceberg) som stiger opp fra fjorden (rising up from the fjord). Besøkende kan spasere på taket (Visitors can walk on the roof) og nyte panoramautsikten (and enjoy the panoramic view).

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The interior of the Oslo Opera House has a modern yet warm ambience with its many wooden surfaces.

Kunst er integrert i (Art is integrated into) bygningens arkitektur (the architecture of the building). En stor bølgende vegg i eik (A large wavy oak wall) flyter gjennom bygget (flows through the building) og gir deg en følelse av at du (and gives you the feeling of) befinner deg i et stort treinstrument (being in a large wooden instrument). I foajeen (In the foyer) kan du se en lysinstallasjon (you can see a light installation) laget av den dansk-islandske kunstneren (created by the Danish-Icelandic artist) Olafur Eliasson. Lysene toner inn og ut (The lights fade in and out) og gir illusjonen av smeltende is (and give the illusion of melting ice).

Operahuset har tre forskjellige saler (The Opera House has three different halls) for opera, ballett (ballet) og konserter (and concerts). Hovedsalen (The main hall) har over 1.350 sitteplasser (has over 1,350 seats) og er bygget som (and is built in the shape of) en hestesko (a horseshoe) for å gi god akustikk (to provide good acoustics). Salen har (The hall has) Norges største lysekrone (Norway’s largest chandelier), designet av (designed by) Snøhetta i samarbeid med (in collaboration with) Hadeland Glassverk (Glassworks). 

Sceneteppet (The stage curtain) er et spektakulært kunstverk (is a spectacular work of art) laget av den amerikanske kunstneren (created by the American artist) Pae White. White skannet (scanned) sammenkrøllet metallfolie (crumpled up metal foil) og brukte så billedinformasjonen (and then used the image information) til å veve teppet i bomull (to weave the curtain in cotton).

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 9, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

Christie Ericson

Christie Ericson

Christie Ericson is an academic librarian living in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a background in languages and linguistics and has been fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning the Norwegian language. She also serves as the cultural director and librarian at her local Sons of Norway lodge and is completely addicted to Selbu mitten knitting.

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