Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera and Ballet House, Lviv’s population special pride, is one of famous and most beautiful places in Europe. The theatre was built by a famous Vienna architect Z. Gorgolevsky in the style of “Vienna pseudo Renaissance” which is a mixture of different architectural styles. This imposing building is richly decorated from the outside and has sumptuous interior. The stage is decorated with an original theatrical curtain called the “Parnassus” that was designed by famous Polish artist G. Semygradsky. “Parnassus” was painted in Rome at the end of the 19th century especially for the Lviv Opera House. The painting was exhibited in Rome and in Lviv art galleries before it was brought to the theatre right after its opening.
The theatre has celebrated its centennial recently. From that time it has the name of famous Ukrainian singer Solomia Krushelnytska. Her charming voice was heard on every famous world stage together with great singers of the 20th century such as Caruso, Batistini, Shalyapin, and conductor Toscanini. It was for Krushelnytska that Jacomo Puccini composed the opera “Cio-Cio-San”.
Now there are 25 operas, 15 ballet performances and 2 operettas in the theatre’s repertoire. These are works of Ukrainian composers, as well as world classics Bise, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Straus and others. The performances are in Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and Polish languages.