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Address: Plac Teatralny 1, Warsaw 00-950, Poland (Formerly Teatr Wielki - Narodowa Opera)
Phone Number: +48 22 692 02 00

The Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera is Poland's leading opera, ballet...

The Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera is Poland's leading opera, ballet and concert venue, where rich tradition and a clear vision for the future meet. Offering each season a host of first-rate productions - many developed in co-production with international partners - the opera house contributes significantly to the richness of Poland's cultural life. The Teatr Wielki's building, erected in the first half of the 19th century according to a design by Italian architect Antonio Corazzi, was a haven for Polish culture and heritage at a time when the country was under foreign occupation from 1772 to 1918. After a short spell of Poland's independence, the Teatr Wielki was turned into rubble as Warsaw succumbed to German forces at the onset of World War II. Rebuilt from ruins, the opera house reopened just over 50 years ago, in 1965, and is currently home to the Polish National Opera, Polish National Ballet, and Opera Gallery. It is a place where the universal idea of synthesis of the arts has been consistently put in action, providing audiences with superb works by leading contemporary artists to see and savour. Being a thoroughly modern institution, it draws from the synergy of various ideas, goals, and aspirations.

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Opening night, a late 19th century Polish opera is about to debut. Long-shot, maybe there might be the odd ticket available? You bet. Only $70.00 CAD for first balcony, close to... read more

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Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opening night, a late 19th century Polish opera is about to debut. Long-shot, maybe there might be the odd ticket available? You bet. Only $70.00 CAD for first balcony, close to the stage. Excellent production, a bonus on the margins of an otherwise satisfying and successful business trip. National Opera? Give it a try.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building is located in the area of Senatorska street, a great location indeed. Not far from the Old town either. Very fine example of exterior architecture, especailly the front fassade.

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Suzhou, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to watch a ballet show at the theatre. I had an absolutely great time. I sat in one of the boxes which I've never done before and I loved it. It had its own little private dressing room at the back of the box where you could have a little private party if you wanted. And actually, although... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Old and stylish. The theatre works well for traditional operas and modern award shows. It sounds great and has extra space to host post-show parties. Do visit a secret Empik Cafe in its building. It has books and records that may please enthusiasts of classical music.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Located in the heart of the old town (close to Sigi's column), it is one of the best opera scenes in the world and there are always top performers here. We couldn't fit it in due to the duration of our trip.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

While in warsaw poland, if you have time in advance, you must try to see an opera or two, or just visit the building it self. It has magnificent scalptures.

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Really nice place. Comparable with la scala :) Very big with nice architecture. Near the old town. Super

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Saw excellent productions of Aida & Maria Stuarda. World class singers for a tenth of the price you'd pay at The Met, Covent Garden or La Scala. It's worth a visit for the building itself. Beautiful galleries, staircases, chandeliers and other opulence. That's in addition to the stunning auditorium. When we were there there was also a free art exhibition.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

We based our trip to Warsaw around the Opera. We went to see two productions Aida and Mary Stewart. The orchestra on both nights were brilliant. The singing was also very good in particular during Mary Stewart. (However this is a review of the Opera theatre and not the productions!) The venue is stunning - the seats are comfortable and... More 

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Bochum, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

We came here to see a show in German. The building itself is beautiful and the theater is huge. The tickets were cheaper than a lot of other big European cities. However, we were just not so convinced by the performance and had a hard time following the story, even my husband who is a native German speaker and knew... More 

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