Bratislava is an excellent destination to enjoy opera. The Slovak capital has two opera houses of the Slovak National Theatre: the Historic Opera Building and the New Opera Building.
The first opera house is located directly in the city center, on the Hviezdoslavovo Square, facing the landmark Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel and only a short walk from major excellent restaurants. The theatre building was constructed in 1886 after designs of the prolific Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. The architects designed numerous theaters in Europe, including ones in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Graz, Salzburg, Brno, Carlsbad, Zurich, Hamburg, Zagreb and Odessa. The Old Opera Building in Bratislava is a neo-Renaissance structure with a charming Ganymede Fountain by Viktor Tilgner in the front.
The Bratislava opera building at first served as a municipal theatre with German and Hungarian performances. Actually, this was the first theater to introduce Hungarian performances on the territory of the historical Hungarian Kingdom. After forming the Czechoslovak Republic, performances in Slovak and Czech languages were added and in 1920, the permanent Slovak National Theatre was established. Hungarian and German performances continued until 1939, the latter until the end of War. Today, the most operas are sung in the original language, with Slovak subtitles.
The New Opera Building opened in 2007 spreads on the Danube River embankment, neighboring the newly developed Eurovea neighborhood, a modern extension of the Bratislava city center. Within two years, this luxurious residential area will be a lively zone of upmarket restaurants and fashionable shopping venues.
For more information about the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and current performances visit the official website www.snd.sk