Polish National Opera, Wielki Theatre

Polish National Opera, Wielki Theatre

Polish National Opera, Wielki Theatre
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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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Neighbourhood: Śródmieście Północne
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  • Ratusz Arsenał • 8 min walk
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viaceslavas g
Vilnius, Lithuania58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Polish National Opera is situated in the heart of the city, not too far from the old town. Once destroyed, but then rebuilt classic architecture building looks impressive. There are lot to see inside as well.
Written 25 April 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Beautiful building from the outside. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter or attend any events while in Warsaw. Like most of Warsaw, the national opera building was rebuilt following WWII.
Written 4 January 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This Warsaw Grand Theatre was opened in 1833. After the bombing and near-complete destruction in World War II, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1965 after having been closed for over twenty years. The building is designed in a neoclassical style. The interior has a Soviet palatial vibe.

We have visited many times here. Now we bought tickets to the Magic Flute which we have seen many times at other Opera Houses. In Warsaw, the performance was very different. The staging was just a white wall where was a live animation projected. The singers were coming through different hatches on the wall.

First, it felt like a stunning idea but in the long run, it was quite exhausting. The colorful animation took the attention away from the music.
Written 14 June 2022
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
After the bombings only the front façade was saved, but it was enough for the brave Polish people to rebuild it.
Written 20 November 2020
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Marston
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
For 17 years I have visited the National Theatre and Opera House every time I visit Warsaw.
I have witnessed many a splendid and memorable opera and ballet here.
I am 70 and
tonight was the first ever performance to bring tears to my eyes.
The dancers,orchestra,pianist and choreography held the audience in the palm of their hand.
Bravo.
I will keep coming to Warsaw for artistic stimulation!
Written 29 February 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This Soviet-style Opera House is a huge building with a seating capacity of over 2000.

The Theatre was opened in 1833. After the building's destruction in World War II, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1965.

It was easy to buy tickets online and pay with a credit card. You can choose the exact seats you want.

We chose our seats from the 1st gallery's 1st row. Now, we had excellent visibility. Last time not, when we sat a few rows behind.

Warsaw's Madame Butterfly is the best we have seen. The stage setup was stunning.
Written 15 December 2019
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Paul T
Munich, Germany523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
This opera never disappoints you. Excellent productions, orchestra and soloists. Wonderful building. Good view from all seats...and all at very moderate prices.
Written 10 December 2019
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ydrewnicki
Market Harborough, UK234 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Booked tickets for Madam Butterfly after a discussion by phone followed by an email. Unable to pay by credit card (or any other card) it had to be done by bank transfer - which is all in Polish! Sent the money according to their details and a week before our arrival had an email saying the tickets were cancelled due to lack of payment. My bank confirmed that monies had been received by their bank and gave me a reference number for them to clarify the payment. They said the payment had been rejected because the EXACT amount had not been sent (apparently 15 CENTS too much which could have been due to bank charges/ exchange rate, who knows)
Long story but we had to pay for another 2 tickets and the Office Manager claims they have refunded us - THEY HAVE NOT! Not one bit helpful. Sent further emails but no response to date.

It should be a simple thing to buy tickets on line or by credit card for any theatre or large cultural organisation anywhere in the world - but apparently not this theatre.
They seriously need to update their antiquated booking system as they must be missing out on tourists wanting to buy tickets ahead.
Be warned, if you want to see a performance go directly to the booking office IN PERSON where for some reason you can actually pay for your tickets with a CREDIT CARD!
Finally I have to mention Magdalena in the Box Office who went beyond the call of duty to try to resolve our situation, and even came to say hello when we were seated and waiting for the opera to start. A credit to the Company. Shame the Accounts department were not as helpful - they couldn’t even give me WiFi log in details in order for me to show them I had not received the refund!!! OUTDATED is an understatement.
Written 10 December 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
The house was rebuilt several times and at the renovations after WWII, they enlarged the whole building. Beside the Opera HOuse, there is Museum, and another theater too. We had an Anegin, with excellent singers,
Written 25 June 2019
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DongSup Ro
Hollis, NH16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This tradition Polish opera was a grand scale opera with great singers and vivid traditional customs as well as clever moving framed settings for audiance to view what were the visions of the old manor where many things happened.
This opera have been performed over 1500 times in Ploand and it can be staged at other countries with great success in our view but it's raely performed outside of Poland.
The opera house facet was beautiful but we've seen better inside of the opera house in other cities!
Written 6 June 2019
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