After a long national debate, the Storting, Norway's legislature, decided in 1999 to construct a new opera house in the city. A design competition was held and of the 350 entries received, the judges chose that of the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. Construction started in 2003 and the completed in 2007, ahead of schedule and 300 million NOK (US$52 million) under its budget of 4.4 billion NOK (US$760 million). The gala opening was on 12 April 2008.
05.05.1982: Statue of Kirsten Flagstad by the Norwegian sculptor Joseph Grimeland is unveiled outside the Norwegian Academy of Music.
10.04.2008: The statue which has stood outside the old Opera House is moved to its new site at the new Opera and Ballet House on the shores of Oslo fiord. The unveiling ceremony is carried out by the Lord Mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang.