We went to the Oslo Opera to see the Nutcracker the other day. To me the Nutcracker is a sign that the holiday season – the Mid Winters Blot (Mid-Winter Fest / Christmas) is about to begin.

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Normally when I’m around the Opera, it’s just to shoot some photos, but this was my second time being there to see a show. It is not allowed to take pictures during the show, so I had to hide the screen on the Canon Ixus compact camera while taking sneak photos without being able to aim. It’s fair to say that I ended up with a whole bunch of useless pictures, but this one was close to OK:

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The Nutcracker, is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta.
Here’s an older photo, shot a few weeks ago:

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