April 17, 2008
Excerpt from the The Times article by Richard Morrison The new Oslo Opera House: why can't we do it like the Norwegians?
"I am in love. She's Norwegian, gorgeous, full of fun, yet with surprising hidden depths. Quite literally so, since her lower limbs are permanently submerged in the sea. No, she's not a mermaid. She's the new Oslo Opera House, an amazing marble and granite vision that rises out of the fjord like a giant ice floe.
"Her opening night, last Saturday, was the must-have opera ticket of the year. I was there. So, more importantly, were the assorted royal whatnots of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, plus the Norwegian Prime Minister, the President of Iceland, and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. Sadly, nobody came from the British Cabinet or Royal Family, despite a huge input into the project from a British company, Theatre Projects. No surprise there, though. After all, this was a celebration of culture. You wouldn't expect the British Establishment to get excited by that."
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