Gothenburg Opera House

The opera house at Lilla Bommen

Opera, theatre, operetta, musical and dance in Gothenburg.

The Gothenburg Opera House has a special exterior and interior. The building almost looks like a ship, and it fits well because the Opera House is located at Lilla Bommen in Gothenburg's harbour. You go here to see opera, musicals, theater and dance such as ballet, etc.

Gothenburg's opera house is called GöteborgsOperan. The opera has its own ensemble of soloists, choir and orchestra. Sometimes they bring in artists from other places as well and sometimes shows are put on that tour around Sweden. Since 1994, operetta, musicals, theater and dance have been performed here. Something that has become popular at Gothenburg Opera is the traditional Epiphany concert with ball.

Gothenburg Opera House

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a long time it had been discussed in Gothenburg that both the Stora Teatern and the Stadsteatern were too cramped and out of date.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 Hall
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.

Some other info

Orchestra pit
In the orchestra pit there is room for around 100 musicians.

The majority of tailors work here. Here the tailors assemble the garment and try it on the artist. If it doesn't fit, it will have to be re-sewn.

Restaurant, Cafe and Bar
The Opera House also has a delicious restaurant, why not just come here and have a glass of wine at the bar. In summer, you can pay a visit to theirs summer porch, with an absolutely fantastic view of the Göta River. The summer veranda is usually open from mid-June to mid-August.

Gothenburg Opera House
Address: Christina Nilssons gata, 411 04 Gothenburg.


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