Opera

Opera
Phone
+48 12 296 62 62 / 63
Website
Opera
Address
ul. Lubicz 48

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Editor's review

The historical institution of the Krakow Opera, dating back to the 17th century, has been revamped and in late 2008 moved into its brand new location on Lubicz Street, just a stone's throw from the central train station. Previously operating in the breathtaking Slowacki Theatre, the opera has finally received a home of its very own, and opera fans can expect more frequent performances in the new building. Be sure to check their website above, as well as our events calendar, for a schedule of performances.

Opera has been performed in Krakow for almost four hundred years. Over the last century, operas were staged in the Slowacki Theatre - itself a miniature version of Garnier's opera house in Paris. But given Krakow's status as Poland's cultural capital, it was only fitting that actors and opera singers wouldn't have to tread on each other's toes for a moment longer. With the 2008/2009, Krakow had a new Opera House, designed by leading architect Roman Loegler.

Culture vultures looking for operatic nirvana will have a feast to enjoy with the new opera house. Poles take pride in their canon of great composers, and the new building should serve as a beacon for up and coming talents.

Above: An open air performance at the Barbican during the Summer Opera Krakowska Festival

Historically, Poland has some intriguing homegrown operas to savour. Chopin may never have strayed into operatic territory, but Karol Szymanowski, now championed as one of the international greats, wrote a reputable pair, including the gloriously titled King Roger. In more recent times, Krzysztof Penderecki has kept Polish productions in the limelight, with works such as The Devils of Loudun, based on Aldous Huxley's novel of the same name, and Ubu Rex.

However, the star in the Polish firmament - and certainly the most cherished figure - is Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872), often dubbed 'the father of Polish opera.' His masterpiece is Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor), and if you manage to see just one Polish opera, this should be it. With plenty of ghosts, moustachioed noblemen and buxom ladies, it's as Polish as they come. A superb production has been doing the rounds in Krakow over the last two seasons, breathing new life into the old classic.

Opera lovers also have a summer treat in the shape of the Opera Krakowska Festival, an annual celebration of all things operatic that's been held here since 1997. An enthusiastic mix of locals and travellers enjoy performances at historic venues in and around the city (favourite venues are the royal castles at Wawel and Niepolomice).

Generally speaking - although this is unlikely to last forever - tickets for the opera are very reasonably priced compared to standard rates in cities like Vienna or Prague. It's certainly worth giving the new opera house a whirl. This is one of the venues where the future of Polish opera will be shaped.

Editor
Editor & Krakow Local

Events

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May
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Krakow Opera House

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May
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Krakow Opera House

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May
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Krakow Opera House

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Reviews

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Kim Ganderton
Australia

Good morning

can you please let me know if there are any performances on 5th or 6th September 2017.

Reply Jul 10th, 2017
Joe McEvoy
United Kingdom

Are tickets available for Mozart's Marriage of Figaro this season?

Reply Nov 24th, 2016
Svein Husebø
Norway

Hi

We are 4 persons who wants to go to opera on sunday 16.10.16 at 6.30 pm. How do I book tickets? Can you help us, please.

Reply Oct 10th, 2016
Turid Jødahl
Norway

We want to know Krakow opera, consert and theatre program August 21th to August 24.

We are 10 ladies.

Reply Jun 28th, 2013
Michael Hildebrand
Netherlands

where can I find the Krakow opera program october 2011?

Reply Jul 6th, 2011
Martine Pluberg
Germany

Hello, we need 6 places for Carmen on the 25th of September. Can you tell me the price please. Thanks & regards M. Pluberg

Reply Sep 10th, 2010
Marcin
Poland

...and maybe a new administration building at some stage (the one they have now is such an eyesore)?

Reply Sep 28th, 2009
Peter
United Kingdom

It is a great addition to Krakow's cultural scene, and hopefully they can attract some really big stars and pull in the crowds. Maybe an Opera Festival at some stage?

Reply Apr 7th, 2009
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