Bankrupt nation opens new concert hall

Bankrupt nation opens new concert hall


norman lebrecht

May 06, 2011

Iceland’s creditors will be warmed to learn that the nation opened its grand new concert hall on Wednesday. Planning in an age of euphoria, it took four years to build, by which time the country was in hock to the rest of the world and refusing, by referendum, to cough up.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted the first concert. The acoustics are by Artec and the place looks pretty smart.

The official inauguration is not til August. Who pays? Who knows?


Harpa opens on 4 May 2011

Harpa Reykjavik Conference Centre launches in Iceland

MAGDA IBRAHIM, 04 May 2011

The Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre is launching a series of celebratory events today (4 May) in the run up to its inauguration on 20 August.

Harpa, Reykjavik’s new 28,000 sq m concert hall and conference centre, features four separate halls and is located on the harbour between the city centre and the North Atlantic Ocean.



  • Doug says:

    I’m guessing they heat it with volcano glow. But how do they pay the musicians who need to feed their children?