Prague Opera House
The Prague State Opera has a rich history and is hailed as one of the most beautiful German-style opera houses in all of Europe. It first opened in 1888 and was named the German Theatre. World War II, the opera house was renamed the Smetana Theatre, in honour of the famous Czech composer. When Czechoslovakia became a communist nation, opera was considered an elitist pursuit and performances at the theatre became very rare. It was during this period that the stately opera house fell into disrepair as a result of prolonged neglect.
After the fall of communism in 1992, the opera house was brought back to life and renamed yet again. At this time the building came to be known as the Prague State Opera. Almost immediately, patrons were treated to a regular programme of opera and ballet performances from some of the world’s greatest composers including Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Prokofiev, and more. Today, many travellers book Prague self-catering holiday apartments with the specific desire to spend a night taking in a performance at the famed Prague State Opera.
The performance season at the Prague State Opera runs nearly year-round, with a short summer break from the end of June until the end of August. At Christmas the theatre comes alive with a full schedule of classical music concerts and a grand gala ball on New Year’s Eve. It is well worth booking Prague apartment rentals just to attend one of these holiday performances.
The Prague State Opera is located in Wenceslas Square in the city centre, just a short walk from the square’s entrance. Visitors who book Prague holiday apartments should have no trouble getting to the theatre from metro Lines A and C; simply get off at the Muzeum stop.
Proper dress is encouraged, especially for evening performances. Patrons will be comfortable in dress casual attire or formal evening wear. A jacket and tie are not required, but visitors who choose to dress smartly will certainly not feel out of place. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Renting Prague self-catering holiday apartments is a fantastic way to take in all this beautiful city has to offer. Included in any tour of Prague should be the majestic Prague State Opera theatre.
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