Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre, building intrigues with its sculptural and picturesque richness, was constructed in 1897-1900 in the Viennese neo-Renaissance style.
An extensive and varied programme of opera and ballet is regularly performed here throughout the year, and particularly during the summer months. The theatre is over 100 years old and has recently undergone major refurbishment, especially to the interior, which is now lavishly decorated with gilt and beautifully coloured marble in the foyer and wide main staircase. The stucco mouldings and oil paintings on the walls and ceilings of the multi-tiered auditorium and foyer give it a richly festive appearance. Ticket prices are very modest by Western standards although many stars of Ukrainian, Russian and world opera have performed here, such as Enrico Caruso, Mattia Battistini, Solomeya Krushel’nits’ka, Alexander Mishuga and others. The Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre building was constructed between 1897and 1900 from the design of architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski in the Viennese neo-Renaissance style, highly fashionable at the time. Its imposing facade is opulently decorated with numerous niches, Corinthian columns, pilasters, balustrades, cornices, statues, reliefs and stucco garlands. Standing in niches on either side of the main entrance are allegorical figures representing Comedy and Tragedy sculpted by Antoni Popiel and Tadeusz Baroncz; figures of the muses embellish the top of the cornice. The building is crowned by large bronze statues, symbolizing Glory, Poetry and Music.
opening hours 12:00 and 18:00
address 28, Svobody Av.
phone +380-322 728.562