Nytt Operahus

  • Design helps to produce a wonderful, concert-like orchestral sound.
  • A 'wavy wall' improves the sound distribution.
  • The opera house has an overall area of 38,500m2.

The acoustics of the new home of Den Norske Opera, the Norwegian national opera company, required a highly reverberant sound.

The acoustic designers had to strike a balance between the clarity of the sung words and the reverberation of orchestral music. Arup, working with local acoustic consultants Brekke Strand, provided an acoustic design for the main auditorium that achieved this balance.

As well as a main auditorium – the Store Sal – the 1,400-seat opera house contains a second, flexible format auditorium – the Lille Sal – and rehearsal spaces, as well as production and administrative facilities.

In addition to the acoustic design for the main auditorium, the Arup team brought its international opera house experience to bear on controlling noise from theatre equipment and other aspects of the venue’s acoustic design.

Arup's team worked closely with Oslo-based architect Snøhetta to make sure the opera house, which seems to rise from the Oslo Fjord like an iceberg, sounds as good as it looks.

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