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State Opera, Prague

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The State Opera, is an opera house in Prague, Czech Republic. It is part of the National Theatre of the Czech Republic, founded by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in 1992. The theatre itself originally opened in 1888 as the New German Theatre and from 1949 to 1989 it was known as the Smetana Theatre. More recently it was renamed the Prague State Opera. Currently it is home to approximately 300 performances a year.HistoryNew German TheatreThe history of the theatre currently known as the Prague State Opera dates back to the late 19th Century. While often overshadowed by the more prominent National Theatre of Prague, the company has its own distinct history. The birth of a magnificent Czech Theatre, the National Theatre, in 1883 indirectly created a longing among the Prague German community for a German-speaking opera house of its own. At that time the Czech lands were part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and there was a large German minority living in Prague. On 4 February 1883 the Deutscher Theaterverein was founded with the goal of raising funds for the new theatre. The plans were developed by the well-known Viennese firm Fellner & Helmer along with Karl Hasenauer, architect of the Burgtheater in Vienna. The resulting Neues deutsches Theater (New German Theatre) was designed by the Prague architect Alfons Wertmüller and built within 20 months. With its spacious auditorium and elaborate neo-rococo décor, the theater was one of the most beautiful in Europe.
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  • If you visit Prague in the spring of Prague Spring! Be sure to visit the show. In the spring, if not a good show on the evening of the Prague Opera House often and making sure the schedule to watch only the façade, rather than just look at music in venues!
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  • Very nice room with some charm. It's like in the Forman film... Shows quality and very affordable.
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  • The State Opera House is a grand building centrally located in the Old Town and can be reached easily on public transport. It is well maintained and aesthetically pleasing. It hosts a range of perform...  more »
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  • I was here with friends during Carmen opera performance. It is a nice Opera house. Prag in general is nice big city to visit. Many historical buildings you can see here. The cafes are nice too. I love Prag as big city, it has its own flair like London, Sydney, Rome, Budapest etc. I don't like big city like Frankfurt or Singapore.
  • Highly ornate and beautiful. Musicians rival those of any national Opera.
  • Looks beautiful close to museum I can say it is just behind museum and it was closed when I visited just had a look from outside
  • One of the best places to spend an evening in Prague. You can enjoy a good performance without costing you an arm and a leg.
  • Couldnt go inside. Will try in the next comming days. Im curious...
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