Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Odessa

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The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theatre in Odessa, Ukraine. The Theatre and the Potemkin Stairs are the most famous edifices in Odessa.
The first opera house was opened in 1810 and destroyed by fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed by Fellner & Helmer in neo-baroque style and opened in 1887. The architecture of the luxurious audience hall follows the late French rococo style. The unique acoustics of the horseshoe-designed hall allows to deliver even a whisper-low tone of voice from the stage to any part of the hall. The most recent renovation of the theater was completed in 2007.
The Saint Petersburg architect Thomas de Thomon designed the first opera theatre, it opened on 10 February 1810. This last theatre is in almost exactly the same spot as the first theatre 200 years ago. The main entrance with its colonnade faced the sea. There was no foyer.
In 1831, Michael Vorontsov, governor-general of Russian empire, Novorossia kray(currently part of Ukraine) decided to assign the old instituted quarantine fees to the Odessa Theatre. Historian Charles King explains that one of the medical inspectors in Odessa was also the owner of the Odessa Theatre. When ticket sales were low, he would announce the discovery of an infection among newly arrived passengers and ordered them to be quarantined at their own cost. The expenses of the lazaretto, where the passengers that stayed would be used to hire a major performer for the theatre.
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  • I won't describe how beautiful the theatre is. You'll read that in other reviews. And I want to inform you that the theater conducts a very interesting tour, telling about its history. You can sign up for it by finding information on the Internet. I highly recommend it. Even on weekends there are cheap for the price of performances for children. If you come in advance, you can take pictures on the gorgeous stairs without crowds of people.
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  • The most beautiful and historical place in Odessa. I was on ballet Zhizel and I was thrilled with professionalism of the actors. I should of taken a tour to listen about history of the building itself...  more »
  • If the soul requires culture, then it is definitely necessary to go. But I advise you to study the program well, so that you understand what you are doing. For myself, I realized that to go to the theater for a tick is not worth it. Only if it's a spiritual impulse. And the place is really worth a visit, you feel in the world of Anna Karenina.
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