Classical Theater in Prague | Music, Opera, Plays and Ballet

Concerts of classical music and opera performances are very popular in Prague among locals as well as the people who are visiting the metropolis. And no wonder, Prague could boast with several world-class music and ballet ensembles and a number of music interpreters and singers, which perform here and abroad to bring joy to all of those who love classical music and opera. Classical music became popular in the Czech Republic during the National Revival with talented composers such as Dvorak, Smetana and Janacek emerging into the world of music. They incorporated folk legends and melodies into their music, most notably Smetana with his opera Dalibor and Libuse, which is about the legendary Princess Libuse and her vision of a great city called Praha. It is important to note that Antonín Dvořák became famous in the course of his life and contributed essentially to the European cultural heritage and represents the most performed Czech composer ever. Prague orchestras and smaller music bodies are well known all around the world. They give guest performances for example in the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall in New York, in La Scala in Milan, in the Royal Albert Hall in London or in the Tokyo Metropolitan Hall. Supporters of ballet and opera shouldn’t miss a visit to the National Theater. World famous operas, written by Czech authors, like Dvořák or Smetana or the Italian opera masterpieces can be viewed in the National Theater venues including the historical building on National Street, the Estates Theater, and in the State Opera building. The four venues of the National Theater offer classical play performances as well and can be viewed in the oldest, historical building (Zitkova building) on National Street and the New Scene theater (placed right next to the historical building), the Estates Theater and the Kolowrat Theater, which is a chamber stage in the original premises of the Kolowrat Palace. The Vinohrady Theater is another venue offering classical plays and musicals. Details about the respective classical performances, places and ticket prices and other information may be found below.
 

  • National Theater | Aida Prague's National Theater

    It is clear when you spot the National Theater in the skyline of Prague, with its famous golden crown and the magnificent trigas with a glorious angel reining in cavorting horses that appear to be storming off the roof; this is one of the most important buildings in the city of Prague. This theater holds a special place in Czech history and in many Czech hearts, as it was one of the first theaters to perform only in Czech and...

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  • Prague Philharmonia (PKF) | Photo by Daniel Havel PKF - Prague Philharmonia

    If you love classical music, do not miss concerts by the PKF - Prague Philharmonia, one of the best orchestras in the Czech Republic. The PKF - Prague Philharmonia holds concerts of classical music not only in Prague but also takes part in festivals all over the Czech Republic and regularly performs abroad, where it has gained a great reputation. World-renowned conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, under whose leadership the orchestra quickly developed into one of the best Czech orchestras, formed this...

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  • Estates Theater | Ballet The Estates Theater

    The Estates Theater, one of the most delightful theaters in Europe, was built thanks to the financial contributions of Count Frantisek Antonin Nostitz Rieneck between 1781-1783. The Count was convinced that Prague needed a theater to further enhance the already wondrous charm it possessed and in accordance with the ideals of the Enlightenment, the need to spread culture and moral values went hand in hand with the theater and with Charles University; it is of no coincidence that the Estates...

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  • Rudolfinum | Dvorak Hall The Rudolfinum & the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Rudolfinum is a multi-purpose cultural complex, which houses a gorgeous concert hall, home to the renowned Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a grand turn of the last century café and a spacious art gallery that displays temporary international contemporary art exhibitions. The cultural complex features four rooms for music performances including Dvořák Hall, which is known for its perfect acoustics, Suk hall and the Kubelík Hall. J. Schulz, who also designed the National Theater in Prague, which is a beautiful example...

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  • State Opera House | Prague | © Státní opera Praha, Ondřej Kocourek State Opera House

    The city of Prague is lucky enough to boast two gorgeous main opera houses, each one possessing its own charm and historic importance. The Prague State Opera House was built in 1888 and was originally called the German Theater; the German artists of Prague had been performing in the Estates Theater, alternating with the Czech company, and wished for their own theater. The theater, designed by the Vienna duo Fellner and Hellmer with Karl Hasenauer and the Czech, Alfons Wertmuller,...

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  • Municipal House | Prague Classical Venue Smetana Hall in the Municipal House

    The Smetana Hall, located in the Municipal House is a gorgeous example of Art Nouveau design and brilliant acoustics. This famous concert hall has a seating capacity of 1200 seats and features an original Art Nouveau organ and romantic colorful decor from famous Czech painters and sculptors, the finest artists of the high Art Nouveau movement, among them the famous Alfons Mucha. The Municipal House is home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and offers excellent, powerful classical concerts in...

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  • The MET HD | Prague Metropolitan Opera Live in HD / The Met: Live in HD

    Experience the magic of the Metropolitan Opera in the comfort of art house cinemas in Prague with Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Also known as The Met: Live in HD, the spectacular performances that have made New York's Metropolitan Opera a world-famous name are broadcast live in high definition directly to local theaters. Prague's film distributor Aerofilms participates with local art house theaters Kino Aero and Kino Svetozor to bring these world-class performances to the citizens of Prague. The Met:...

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  • Prague | Vinohrady Theater Interior | Photo by Dolce Vita Vinohrady Theater

    The lovely Art Nouveau Vinohrady Theater sits on the side of the grand church of St. Ludmila in the neighborhood of Vinohrady. The dominant Art Nouveau theater, home to one of the main drama scenes in Prague opened on November 24, 1907. Hundreds of popular actors, playwrights, and directors have graced the Vinohrady Theater with their presence and talent. The current talents heading the theater are main director Tomáš Töpfer with artistic director Martin Stropnický. Under their watchful eyes the theater...

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