Oslo's Old Opera House Will Be Home to Mamma Mia When Company Moves in 2008

Classic Arts News   Oslo's Old Opera House Will Be Home to Mamma Mia When Company Moves in 2008
 
Norwegian opera lovers and architecture buffs alike are looking forward to April 2008, when the national company, Den Norske Opera, opens its shiny new €500 million home on the Oslo waterfront.

But what happens to the old theater, the Folketeaterbygningen, a 1935 exemplar of Norwegian Art Deco where the company has been producing operas and ballets for nearly half a century?

If all goes according to plan, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia will begin an open-ended run in the theater when the opera moves out. The Oslo daily Aftenposten reports that real estate developer Christian Ringnes, who purchased the building from the city government last year, has signed a lease with the Swedish entertainment company Ema Telstar, which runs a Stockholm theater complex where Mamma Mia has been running for two years. The firm hopes to reopen the Folketeaterbygningen with the popular musical and also to open a large restaurant at the site.


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