Originally the Lviv Opera House was simply called the Grand Theater, but today it’s formally known as The Lviv National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet of Solomiya Krushelnyts’ka. Krushelnyts’ka was a world famous Ukrainian soprano, who is often credited with saving Puccini’s Madame Butterfly when she took over its leading role 3 months after that opera’s poorly received debut.
The Lviv Opera House was built in 1900 using forms of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The result is one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe with a luxurious interior, including the Mirror Hall and Parnassus Curtain and a stunning facade with ornate sculpture work. The Opera House sits on the banks of the underground Poltva River (this river was enclosed underground and the theater was placed on a large iron base). Theatergoers will find a rich repertoire includes many operas by classical European composers like Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bizet and Chaikovsky, all sung in their original languages. If you plan to attend a performance, it’s often possible for you to tour the Opera House an hour before most performances. English-language tours can be ordered on-site in the Mirror Hall.
The Opera House stands at the very center of Lviv’s main avenue Prospect Svobody, close to all downtown tourist attractions and restaurants. Directly underneath the Opera House is a popular cafe called Left Bank that’s open late; look for its entrance on the right side of the Opera House.
|Lviv Opera House (Львівський оперний театр)|
|Visiting Hours:||11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; tours available from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Admission Price:||price range for tickets: 0.5 EURO – 7.5 EURO; DIY tour – 1 EURO|
|Time to Visit:||Up to 1 hour; most performances last 2 to 3 hours|
|Address:||28 Prospect Svobody, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000|
|Tel.:||+38 (032) 260 1360, +38 (032) 235 6586; Director: +38 (032) 242 1790|