National Opera House in Kiev

National Opera House in Kiev

The National Opera of Ukraine is named after Taras Shevchenko. It is situated in the center of Kyiv, where two large metropolitan highways – Volodymyrska street and Bogdan Khmmelnytsky street are crossed. The National Opera is poetically named as a temple of muses and an architectural pearl of Kyiv.

National opera house corner

National opera house corner

The history of the National Opera Theatre of Ukraine, in comparison with other well-known theatres of the world, is relatively short. In Kyiv, the permanent opera troupe of the theatre was created only in 1867. It was the third (after Moscow and Petersburg) opera theatre of Russian Empire.

National opera theatre

National opera theatre

In February 1896, within some hours the stately structure of the City theatre constructed 1856 under the architect I.Shtrom’s project, was burned.

Griffins with the lyre at the facade

Griffins with the lyre at the facade

It was the project of the Russian architect Viktor Shreter, who designed the refined Neo-Renaissance structure. Building construction on a place of the old theatre started in 1898.

Above the entrence fragment

Above the entrence fragment

At that time, the Kyiv City Opera Theatre really amazed everyone: its parterre, amphitheater, dress circle and four circles could accommodate 1,650 spectators . In the interiors, velvet and bronze dominated. The refined armchairs, lusters and lamps had been brought from Vienna.

Opera house

Opera house

During 1983 – 1988, the capital reconstruction of the theatrical premises was being carried out. The building had experienced the burden of the time and events of the Second World War (artillery bombardments, the direct hit of an air bomb).

Monument to the composer M.Glinka

Monument to the composer M.Glinka

Fragment of the opera house

Fragment of the opera house

Fragment of the opera house

Fragment of the opera house

National Opera House of Ukraine

National Opera House of Ukraine

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