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Guide to Prague State Opera (Státní opera)

AdresseWilsonova 4
Central Bohemian Region
110 00
Google maps50° 4' 50.684" N 14° 25' 57.444" E
Veranstaltungen zu klassischer Musik, Oper, Ballett und Tanz finden | State Opera (Státní opera)
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The State Opera, which due to its refurbishment and reopening to the public on 5 January 2020 has been paid great attention to by the majority of the Czech media outlets, has an intriguing history. In the late 1880s, the German community in Prague built a new theatre in response to the recent construction of the Czech National Theatre, as well as owing to the necessity for a larger venue, as the then German Estates Theatre, at the time a century old, did no longer meet the ever-increasing staging requirements. The Neo-Renaissance building with a Neo-Rococo interior décor, designed by the Vienna-based architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, did not outshine the National Theatre in terms of the artistic expression, yet it had a larger stage and a higher seating capacity than any other theatre venue in Prague, which still holds true today.