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“Huge Opera house - huge performances” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera

Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Ranked #51 of 330 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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Rudolfstetten, Switzerland
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“Huge Opera house - huge performances”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

There is space for about 2'000 visitors and it is such built, that most of the visitors have a clear view to the stage. We have seen Rigoletto there and were amazed that this Opera was performed in the real old style and not such modern versions as you may see in other towns. The prices were not even a third of what you pay in other capital cities! If you like classical music, then a performance in the National Theater in Warsaw is a must. Not only the outside building is amazing, but the inside too.

Visited June 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“People gentle and efficiente”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

I went to see the ballet on April 30th. And i bought my ticket in the internet and foe some how is was not there. So I asked for help, it came a theatre's manages. She was very nice and helpful. She bought me stand by tickets and put me even in one of the best places. I will be grateful forever. For thr ballet, for the theatre and for the people

Visited April 2013
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nottingham, UK
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“Fantastic ballet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Saw the Polish National Ballet perform The Rite of Spring to celebrate the centenary of Nijinsky's original choreography. There were also two other choreographies to the same music. I must say, I preferred Maurice Bejart's version.

Visited April 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Not overwhelming but worth a visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

A big elegant hall at the center of Warsaw. I liked the building from the outside very much. However, I didn't find the inside very special or impressing, neither the structure nor the decoration.
Very elegant and well designed, of course, that's why it worth a visit, but I missed the factor that would make it overwhelming, like "La Scala" in Milan or "Palau de la Musica" in Barcelona.
Unfortunately, the acoustics is no comfort, as it's very "dry", means that the sound disappears in a blink of an eye without leaving any resonance behind.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Halka at the Warsaw Opera”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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