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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  • Beautiful architecture, historic building and central location make it one of the most visited sights in Odessa. Always new repertoire and the sea view insured the number one Odessa historic...  more »
  • Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is the oldest theatre in the city. It was opened in 1810 and destroyed by fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed and opened in 1887. I have booked online...  more »
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  • Took a guided tour but unfortunately it was in Russian and not in English. However, I still enjoyed the tour because of the fascinating interior architecture designs of the theatre. Was built in the 1800s making it one of the oldest opera theatres in the world and it is the most famous landmark of Odessa that you definitely want to visit. The Swan Lake was being preformed in the theatre when I was in Odessa but unfortunately tickets were sold out!
  • Amazing building, amazing shows. If you visit Odessa definitely see an Opera!! There are guided tours during the day but get a ticket and see an Opera! If you know Ukrainian language there are subtitles on a screen while you watch the operas. Acoustics and the inside decorations are mesmerizing.
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