Norway has designs for Shanghai’s grand opera house

Norway has designs for Shanghai’s grand opera house


norman lebrecht

August 29, 2019

We reported last month on the completion of a new opera house at the Shanghai Conservatoire.

The city is now having another one built in the Expo Houtan district.

Snøhetta of Oslo are the designers. Here are some first pics.



  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Beautiful from the outside but what is the inside like – stage, dressing rooms, acoustics etc.?

    • John Rook says:

      They’ll probably be excellent. The Norwegians are no slouches.

    • Jerome Hoberman says:

      I don’t know about the newest ones, but the backstage at the Oriental Arts Center is terrific (though you need a map to find your way around) and the hall is maybe the best I’ve ever played in, and Symphony Hall’s conductor’s room is as luxurious as any I’ve ever occupied — the hall is very good, too.

  • sam says:

    The steps are hardly practical for tanks to roll up and down on. And the white stones are hard to get blood stains off from crushed dissident bodies.