Krakow Opera

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The Opera Krakowska (Krakow Opera)was founded in 1954, although the opera has been performed in Krakow for almost four hundred years (the first libretto in Polish was released in here in 17th century). For many years it lacked its own venue and used a number of concert stages in Krakow as well as in other cities. The only permanent stage where the opera performances were staged for decades was the Slowacki Theatre in the city centre. The new house, located at Lubicz 48 Street, opened in 2008. It is a modern 12000 square metre building. The complex contains two theaters that can seat 760 persons in the Main Scene and 180 in a small auditorium.

It stages about 200 performances a year, with almost all of the seats occupied.
The repertoire includes the classics of world opera such as the major operas by Mozart and Verdi, works of Polish composers as well as some contemporary compositions. Also, the Krakow Opera has always staged operetta and ballet shows. Plays and performances aimed at children, both musicals and ballets, are also incorporated in the repertory.

Throughout the years, the Krakow Opera has worked with some of the world’s and Poland’s most outstanding artists, including famous soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan as well as a number of noted Polish singers.