Many people will be happy, , others will be disappointed! Yesterday came the new report from the Real Estate Department and the Royal Opera of how the old opera house can be rebuilt – a fatal blow to all other enthusiastic ideas for new performing arts in Stockholm, which is carefully drafted proposal Mast Port Opera.
The starting point for the report is December 1 agreement from 2013, when the Minister of Culture ordered a basis for decisions from the Opera and the Real Estate Department to investigate the possibility of building on the 117 years old opera house without sacrificing its cultural qualities. Place for another minor scene, new adapted rooms for children and youth, better working environment and improved public spaces were included in the commission. The report was prepared by an expert group which first has gone through a number of alternative possibilities and then whittled them away one by one. There goes the proposal to dig into the ground during Gustav Adolf Square, as well as to supplement the Opera House with a detached scene somewhere in the vicinity; none of them were considered economically feasible.
Instead, the idea is that on top of today’s Café Opera build a new, smaller stage with associated public facilities. Where there will also be room for new storage facilities, which allows large scene can be better utilized, and a new rehearsal. This requires that you tear parts of the reconstruction made by Operakällaren the 60s and 70s, but the restaurant business should not be chipped away. It has always been important in the opera house, but has increased even more in recent years – today there are eleven restaurant premises in the Opera House (canteen and break the cafes excepted).
The long-known problems with acoustics can reportedly be addressed in several ways, including by reducing the amount of fabric in the salon and – most controversially – by raising the ceiling. The proposal focuses on the building’s structure with degraded volumes and rectilinear block, and underlines it. When the opera was newly called it contemptuously for a stack of cigar boxes. Today, we can better appreciate its förmodernistiska qualities, while we have an easier time recognizing the value of 1800s theater buildings. The report highlights that opera is an exceptionally well preserved example of this, and you also mention the far-sighted choice made by the architect Axel Anderberg and his colleagues when it came to things like fire safety and technical innovations.
According to the government appropriation is Opera task is both to preserve cultural heritage and to be a center for innovative operatic art. It is, as Opera Director Birgitta Svendén pointed, not at all certain that the newest buildings produce the most innovative art – sometimes it can be the opposite. If the government decides in the year, planning to begin in 2016. Then the Opera moving into new premises in 2024 after a three-year period of relocation.
Two well spent billions it cost to build a new opera in the Opera .
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