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Sureyya Opera House, Istanbul

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Süreyya Opera House, also called Süreyya Cultural Center, is an opera hall located in Kadıköy district of Istanbul, Turkey. The building is designed by Armenian architect Kegam Kavafyan by order of a Deputy for Istanbul Süreyya İlmen, it was originally established in 1927 as the first musical theatre on the Anatolian part of Istanbul. However, due to lack of appropriate facilities and equipment in the theatre, operettas were never staged. The venue was rather used as a movie theatre until the building underwent a functional restoration and reopened as an opera house by the end of 2007.
Süreyya Pasha started the construction of the building in 1924 to meet the need of a venue for cultural and social events lacking in Kadıköy. He was impressed by the glamour of famous theatres in Europe during his visits. The aesthetic and functional influences at the architectural design of the building are reflected in the foyer, an example of Art Deco inspired from the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris, and in the interior, which shows styles of German architecture. By the order of Deputy of Istanbul Süreyya İlmen, Kegham Kavafyan was appointed the architect to the Süreyya Opera House which was completed in 1927. Called "Süreyya Opereti" (Süreyya Operetta) and opened on March 6, 1927, the theater was the first of its art in the Asian part of Istanbul and the sixth in the entire city.
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  • Last night I had the honour to attend a performance (The Rake's Progress) at the Opera House in Istanbul.I had come a little skeptical for the whole experience, because opera is something totally...  more »
  • I've been to Sureyya Opera House for the first time to see Faust opera by Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. This small building is so warm and impressive. Istanbul doesn't have much opera houses. So a....  more »
  • We must say many thanks to Kadıköy Municipality for having this very old and historical building renovated and kept in orijinal shape as an Opera House for our community.Highly recommended to watch...  more »
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  • Landmark of Kadıköy. Inside of building is unique with baraque style.
  • Kareografiye gelince nasil sinifta kaldigimizi gormus olduk...When we came to the choreography, we have seen how we fail as a nation...
  • The only opera house on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The building was opened in 1924 by Sureyya İlmen Pasha. The building served for many different social purposes as ball room, tea party hall and opera house. After the death of Sureyya İlmen in 50's, the opera house's rights was passed to Darussafaka Association, and turned into and used as a cinema until 2007. At present, building is an opera house.
  • It's one of the best experiences you can have in Istanbul! Unfortunately you have to plan it from long before, but Turkish opera singers are great!
  • The cultural center of Istanbul Anatolian side. During the season, you can follow the ballet, opera performances.
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