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. Add Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater to your Odessa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Odessa trip builder.
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  • I did a guided live-streamed walking tour with Olga from Heygo. In the second part of her tour, she started at the Monument to Catherine the Great. When we arrived at the Opera House, she informed.....  more
    I did a guided live-streamed walking tour with Olga from Heygo. In the second part of her tour, she started at the Monument to Catherine the Great. When we arrived at the Opera House, she informed.....  more »
  • Only saw it from the outside - an impressive building with beautiful architecture. Plenty of touristy things around if you are not an opera fan. I am not either but the experience is probably more... 
    Only saw it from the outside - an impressive building with beautiful architecture. Plenty of touristy things around if you are not an opera fan. I am not either but the experience is probably more...  more »
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  • The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. According to Forbes Magazine 2008, the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theater is one of the 11 most interesting sights in Eastern Europe, and it is the only theater in the list. The pages of this theater's amazing history are full of names and events out of which emerge much of the cultural history of Odessa. It's really worth seeing!
  • Odessa Opera house it a very pretty building in a nice part of Odessa. It looks like an opera house should look. Good weather and great prices on the streets, and the people are always very nice and helpful. will be back again soon.

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