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