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Opera improves hall acoustics

Major facility and technology improvements have been made at the Norrlandsoperan opera house. Acousticians from ÅF were asked to improve the acoustics in the concert hall and orchestral pit.

ÅF developed solutions that improve the collaboration of the symphony orchestra and the musical experience of audiences. ​The general contractor and client was PEAB Umeå.

The surfaces of the concert hall were redesigned and new acoustic reflectors installed. These measures ensured that musicians can hear what they’re playing, and new equipment with adjustable wall surfaces around the stage helped fine-tune the hall’s sound level and reverberation.  In this way, ÅF managed to give musicians more control over their musical expression, as well as generally improving their work environment.

“This was an exciting and prestigious project for ÅF’s acousticians,” says Johan de Sousa Mestre, the acoustician at ÅF who is heading up the improvements. “Our acoustic solutions focused on the experience of the symphony orchestra and its ability to collaborate musically.”

Since 1974, Norrlandsoperan in Umeå has grown from a regional opera company into a performing arts institution with a broad range of activities. Two to four opera productions are produced annually, and collaboration with other major opera houses takes place, internationally as well as within Sweden.

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