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“Even the Marx Brothers Would Enjoy It”

Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Ranked #29 of 393 things to do in Warsaw
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Owner description: 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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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!

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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.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Give yourself plenty of time to find your way around in this place! The interior is magnificent and to be savoured.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Everything I've seen here is fabulous. I'm not even a big opera fan, but Madame Butterfly was amazing. I'd go again just for the sets--boats moving across the state and moving statues. I've seen 3 ballets and 2 operas. Everything has been outstanding. If you're in town, go see whatever is playing. The backstage tour is okay, but it's the performances you want to see. And during intermission go in the upper lobby to admire the chandeliers and mosaic clocks.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I love the elegance of National Opera Theatre. Most performances are very good. Night to remember. Well worth it.

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