Changing Seasons – The Nutcracker

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.


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:


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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31 thoughts on “Changing Seasons – The Nutcracker

  1. The one picture from the show gives an idea of it’s grand scale. I also liked the exterior of the opera house in Oslo. Høres ut som om du hadde flott kveld med nøtteknekkeren.

    • Takk Otto. The Opera is a great place for photographing. I’ve also helped to build it, so I’ve basically been in every single part of the Opera (even the places that are closed off for the public).

  2. Love The Nutcracker. My sister-in law put on a great performance of it with her ballet school pupils, when we visited England last Christmas. Love your sneaky photos. You’re sooo naughty. 🙂

    • I’m glad I got some sneaky shots too. The ban on photographing is there so that the musicians and dancers won’t be disturbed by flashing lights and annoying sounds, but no one noticed me as I was firing without flash and covering the screen (for the sake of the people sitting on the seats behind us).

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  4. I have not gone in a few years- it is always beautiful and you had great seats!

  5. Oh, I love the Nutcracker. I’ve seen it more times than I can count actually, but that’s because I was really small the first times 😛 How lucky you are to have seen it in Opera! That’s something I think I must do next year 😀

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  7. I just took my daughter to the Nutcracker for the first time last weekend. We went with my Granny – it’s a great christmas tradition that I’m glad I can share with her!

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