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“Halka at the Warsaw Opera” 3 of 5 stars
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Teatr Wielki-National Opera
pl. Teatralny 1, Warsaw 99-200, Poland (Śródmieście Północne)
48 22 692 0200
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Ranked #32 of 233 things to do in Warsaw
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Owner description: Grand Opera in Warsaw boasts high production values: set, costumes and casts are on a grand scale
London, United Kingdom
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“Halka at the Warsaw Opera”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Opera House is a big imposing old building a little way from the old town, the actual auditorium is more modern inside. There was a tiny cafe where I couldn't get a seat to sit down after I'd bought my coffee. Big free cloakroom but queues for small toilets, same as everywhere.
Had bought a ticket online which I collected just before, but it wasn't the actual seat I'd selected. Not ultra posh, but everyone well turned out, so felt a little too casually dressed.
Chaos on leaving, as it was raining/snowing, but managed to get a taxi to get me away.
Opera itself was underwhelming - many of the singers seemed second rate, and the production and acting were old fashioned. The whole thing lacked portrayal of emotion and didn't engage you. Good orchestra though and some moving chorus pieces in the second half.

Visited April 2013
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Boone, North Carolina
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“A "must see" in Warsaw!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I have been to several shows here - both opera and ballet. It is a facility you must see. The communists always liked their "arts," so it has an historical feel to it. Since it was rebuilt during that era, they allowed it to be rebuilt as an historical museum-type building. Go see something there! I take students to Poland and we always go there!!

Visited May 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Its a big opera house, its interior its very unique and impresive, its very beautifull, its worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Newark, Delaware
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“Even the Marx Brothers Would Enjoy It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Warsaw is a city of juxtaposition. It is part of what contributes to the unique "vibe" of this city. The horrors of it's dark history is visceral and exists alongside a vibrant present of art and music. The National Opera is one of many places to embrace and enjoy that invigorating present. The building though heavily damaged during the war is today a spectacular, beautiful building worth visiting for the architecture alone. With that said, the performances I have enjoyed there have been unsurpassed and this year's (2012) presentation of the Nutcracker was incredible. The audiences are always well-behaved, respectful and engaged.......and unlike at home nobody will be wearing a baseball cap. The prices are very reasonable but be sure to plan ahead as all of the performances I have ever attended have been sold out!

Visited December 2012
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“Another Grand Opera House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I first saw the building from it's back and already announced that this is the Opera House. It just looked like one. After a stroll through the old town we passed by the front and indeed I had been right. Unfortunately access was unavailable during our visit, we just got a glimpse of the inside and it was magnificent. Try to visit when there is access, it's worth it.

Visited February 2013
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