Odessa Opera House

Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater is the first theater in Odessa in terms of time of construction, significance and fame.

As in any city in the world with a rich past, rich history and impressive in its scale urban planning heritage of different eras, in Odessa there are a number of iconic urban architectural symbols known to everyone. Among such symbols, the building of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, the most valuable of the city's architectural monuments and the most beautiful theater building in Ukraine, is undoubtedly the object of special pride of Odessa citizens.

The Opera and Ballet Theater can rightfully be called the oldest among a number of cultural institutions in Odessa. The predecessor of the opera house, the first city theater was built in 1809, when the city was only 15 years old. In previous years, the cities acquired theaters, having managed to grow old or entered mature summer. The founders of the current theater considered it possible and necessary to install four busts on the sides of the semicircular part of the building, one of which is a bust of Alexander Pushkin, who captured his impressions of the old Odessa city theater in the work "Eugene Onegin", which are printed, among other things, as an appendix to the novel in verse.

The first building was opened in 1810 and burned down in 1873 year. The modern building was built in 1887 by the architects Felner and Helmer in the style of the new Viennese baroque. The interior of the auditorium is stylized as the architecture of the late French Rococo. The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-shaped hall allows even whispering from the stage to any corner of the hall. The complete restoration of the theater building was completed in 2007 year.

P. Tchaikovsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, S. Rachmaninov conducted at the theater, Fyodor Chaliapin, Salome Krushelnitskaya, Leonid Sobinov sang, Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan danced. Alexander Pushkin mentions the Odessa theater in the novel "Eugene Onegin". Forbes magazine included the Odessa theater in the list of the most extraordinary sights of Eastern Europe

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