When you walk by the quay in the port of Gothenburg, you see the ship-like building beautifully situated at Lilla Bommen.
The opera was completed in 1994 and the architect is Jan Izikovitz. For a long time it had been discussed in Gothenburg that both the Stora Teatern and the Stadsteatern were too cramped and out of date. The talk started already in the 50s and many did not think it would take so long before Gothenburg got a new arena. The first opera staged at Gothenburg Opera was the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
The Opera House
The opera house is 160 m long and 85 m at its widest. The house has 8 floors and is 32 meters high.
What else can you find at the site at the Gothenburg Opera House?
In the area around the Opera you will also find Barken Viking, the beautiful white four-masted ship, archipelago boats which takes you out to Vinga, Marstrand och Älvsborgs Fortress. "The high building -The "lipstick" which is a bit further away, at the top of the pinnacle you have a vantage point where on a clear fine day you can see all the way to Vinga.
The big area is built like a classic court theater with parquet floors and balconies. The area has a little over 1,300 seats. The opera also has a small smaller area that can accommodate almost 300 people.
What is outside the Opera?
Outside towards the Göta Älv stands an eight meter high sculpture in granite. It is the Norwegian artist Bård Breivik who has designed the work. A little further down towards the water stands a statue of Evert Taube.