Theatre & Concerts in Oslo

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Concerts & Shows in Oslo

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  • midway42
    Minnesota2,936 contributions
    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 31 July 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,786 contributions
    In one of the most modern theatrical spaces in Europe many notable performances are presented every year.

    A stylish and relaxing foyer is impressive. Portraits of notable thespians, such as Sara Khorami, are displayed.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • Mark_Dornoch
    Dornoch, UK1,502 contributions
    Opened in 1899 and situated half way between the Royal Palace and the Parliament building. Statues of Ibsen and Holberg are outside as is a nice small garden to the right side of the building. Considered to be the home of Ibsen's plays.
    Written 15 April 2021
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  • Kurt R
    Drammen, Norway182 contributions
    Chat Noir is a really cozy place to watch a show! We got a great show from 2 of Norways best comedians and as always this theater delivers on quality at the show! Great delivery of drinks when ordering from the table, and great view to the show! So Chat Noir delivers!
    Written 27 January 2020
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    Ireland37,786 contributions
    We first saw it as the sun set and it was aglow with the golden light. A lovely sight.

    It’s an impressive edifice in complete red brick. A fine bell tower soars skywards.

    Completed in 1880, for 105 years it served as a pariah church. But with a declining congregation it closed in 1985.

    However, after restoration, it arose anew in 2000 as a Cultural Centre hosting performances of plays, dance and more.

    Interestingly it has apparently retained its status as a place of worship with a Sunday evening mass still celebrated.
    Written 16 June 2022
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    Ireland37,786 contributions
    Opening in 1929 it is one of Norway's most visited theatres.

    A fine sculpture of Aud Schønemann is to be seen in front. She was a famous Norwegian actress and comedienne who died in 2006. It is by Nina Sundbye and was unveiled in 2010.
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • Oslo Adventures
    Oslo, Norway320 contributions
    On first sight it looked cool. But after a drink or two. It didn't give me anything new. It's a bit away from other bars and popular areas. So there's no point for me going there again.
    Written 20 January 2017
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  • Oslojente92
    Oslo, Norway142 contributions
    A nice venue with a kind staff. I’m not that into dance, but they offer a lot of various dance events. If you like contemporary dance, you should check up their performances.

    Too expensive alcohol from the bar.
    Written 30 May 2019
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  • niksk001
    Philadelphia, PA795 contributions
    Another very Oslo complex. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to enjoy the concert, However, Outside sculptures, though may not be special by themselves, make the building look more attractive.
    Written 16 August 2019
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  • erikamollen
    Oslo, Norway17 contributions
    We checked "what is on in Oslo", found a concert, on a saturday at Herr Nilsen. No reservation, tickets sold at the entrance, did not get packed, only rather crowded. Good concert for abt 2 hrs, had some beers - very nice place! Enjoyed it together with english friends visiting.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Stojkin
    Prague, Czech Republic384 contributions
    This place has a good vibe and is different from the whole city. Interesting decorations, paintings etc. It’s cool to sit by the river, have a drink and chill.
    Written 2 May 2021
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  • EiWiSu
    Drammen, Norway1,818 contributions
    The venue is nice refurbished and has the comfort of the twenty first century but the grandeur of the twentieth. Well done!
    Seats in Balcony give good view and great sound. Make sure you are at the front or one of the sides to avoid getting stuck in the middle. It can get awfully hot, and seat rows are tight.
    The barstaff are efficient during the intervals and it’s worth queuing up for a refreshment as they manage to serve everyone up.
    All in all it gives a pleasant experience.
    We came for the Sound of Music and loved it!
    Written 21 February 2020
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  • prake
    Oslo, Norway351 contributions
    Creative, funny and spontaneous entertainment. Guaranteed to make you laugh and have a good time!

    The menu is large throughout the week. We like to attend the saturday musical show at 2200 hours. It reminds me of the great improvised musical Showstopper. The prices are great. You can buy drinks aswell. Perfect for a night out!

    I would guess its mostly students and 30 + age who attends the shows. Although well known by the younger generations of locals, it still feels like a hidden gem for norwegians and tourists from outside the city of Oslo.

    The improvisers are amazing and the atmosphere relaxed. Only setback is that it is only in Norwegian language as far as I know. But hey, I'm norwegian, so what do I care.
    Written 26 February 2017
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  • Mark D
    Melbourne, Australia681 contributions
    Beautiful old building I especially likes the patterns in the court yard stones nice to look at if you are in the area.
    Written 31 January 2020
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