Krakow Opera company has been the city’s
bastion of operatic music and stagecraft since its setting up in 1954.
Every year it gives some 200 performances, often playing to full house.
Its diverse repertory includes the classics of world opera by the likes
of Mozart and Verdi as well as the outstanding operatic output by the
Polish composers, plus some contemporary achievements too. Also, the
Krakow Opera company has always staged operetta and its dancers perform
independent ballet shows. And productions aimed at children’s audience,
both musicals and ballets, figure prominently in the repertoire of the
Until recently the Krakow Opera company put
on most of its productions in the Teatr Slowackiego theater at 1 Plac
Sw. Ducha square. In December 2008 the up to date Opera House has opened
at 48 Lubicz street, one kilometer – or two tram stops – east of the Old
Town central district of Krakow.
The Krakow Opera Company, its original
Polish name 'Opera Krakowska' w Krakowie is controlled and subsidized by
Opera season in Krakow
The Krakow Opera Company gives regular
performances, several times a week, from early October to mid June. Out
of season the Krakow Opera takes pride in staging the summer open-air
operatic extravaganzas in the city’s various historical settings such
the Wawel Royal Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine,
among other locations. They are often a part of opera festivals
organized by the Krakow Opera and largely made up of its productions.
Also, the opera company tours regularly in other European countries in
Krakow Opera singers, dancers, and
The Krakow Opera Company consists of over
sixty soloist singers, roughly half of them employed full-time and the
rest on a freelance basis. Therefore the Krakow Opera can tap vast pool
of talents including some 25 sopranos, nearly ten mezzo-sopranos, over
twenty tenors, nearly twenty baritones, and a dozen of basses. And
occasionally a guesting prima donna and/or a starring tenor adds extra
glitter to the show.
The choir of the Krakow Opera Company can
boast nearly fifty full-time singers and its orchestra employs nearly
The ballet of the Krakow Opera Company
consists of about ten soloist dancers and the corps de ballet of nearly
Krakow Opera House
The Opera House at 48 Lubicz street was
constructed in the years 2004 to 2008. The first opera premiere –
Krzysztof Penderecki's ‘The Devils of Loudun’ based on a story by
Aldous Huxley – took place in it on December 13, 2008. The complex of
the Krakow Opera House contains three theaters, foyer that doubles as an
exhibition and/or lecture hall, box offices, and a restaurant, plus
ample backstage areas as well as offices occupied by the management of
the Krakow Opera Company and its staff.
The main theatre of the Opera House, called
the Great Stage (‘Wielka Scena’ in Polish), has the floor space of 300
square meters and can seat 750 people. It boasts a computer-controlled
acoustic ceiling, a spacious stage with six trapdoors, a moveable
orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art stage equipment. The Opera House
also includes the second, small auditorium (‘Chamber Stage, Scena
Kameralna) with seating capacity of 100. Another playhouse, called Na
Antresoli (On the Mezzanine) can seat 200 and it takes up the upper
floor of the arch-roofed building of the former Operetta House, earlier
a riding school in at the outset of the 20th century, incorporated into
the present Opera House complex.
The entire Krakow Opera compound has the
floor space of 12,000 square meters. Its blatantly modern architecture
was designed by Krakow’s architects Romuald Loegler, Piotr Urbanowicz,
and Grzegorz Dresler.
Contact info for the Krakow Opera Company
Postal address: "Opera Krakowska" w Krakowie,
ul. Lubicz 48, 31-512 Krakow, Poland.
Phone (+48) 122966100 (operator).
Please see opera performances listed at
our Events web page with listings of shows and concerts in Krakow.
Tickets for the Krakow Opera
Box office at the opera house at 48 Lubicz
street is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and for two hours before
shows on weekends. You may contact it via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (+48) 122966260 and (+48)
122966261 or fax at (+48) 122966268.
Tickets for the Krakow Opera usually cost
about 80 zloty, 60 zloty, and 35 zloty for the first, the second, and
the third section of the auditorium respectively. Tickets for the best
seats, VIP chairs, are priced at around 120 zloty.
built in 1893, doubled as Krakow's part-time opera house for decades.
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