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State-of the-art sound system for Oslo Opera House

Photo: Jan Edvardsen
COWI ensured optimal electro-acoustic conditions in Oslo's opera house.

The Oslo Opera House hosts the Norwegian Opera & Ballet Company, who moved in when the building was completed in 2008. The 38,500-square metre opera house – designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta – can boast of having one of the most modern sound and AV systems in the world. The building houses three stages with seating for 2,000 people.

COWI won the commission, as sub-consultants to RREH, to design the whole range of sound and AV systems for the opera house, from communication between stage technicians to sound systems in the auditoria and recording as well as facilities for outboard television production.

World-class digital production communication systemThe opera house has the world’s largest wireless digital production communication system, which is of immense benefit to all the backstage production crews. The TTA source tracking system sees to voices being transmitted via multiple loudspeakers in a way that makes it sound as if they come directly from the performers, wherever they may be on stage.

COWI also provided consultancy services on the fire-proofing and telephony for the Opera House.

LAST UPDATED: 08.06.2017