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Krakow Opera 

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 Krakow Opera. 

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 the Malopolska provincial government.  

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 and the 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 summer. 

Krakow Opera singers, dancers, and orchestra 

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 seventy musicians. 

The ballet of the Krakow Opera Company consists of about ten soloist dancers and the corps de ballet of nearly twenty. 

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). 

Website http://www.opera.krakow.pl 

Email opera@opera.krakow.pl 

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 tickets@opera.krakow.pl 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. 

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The Slowackiego Theater, built in 1893, doubled as Krakow's part-time opera house for decades.

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