Note: Prague State Opera is closed for renovation until January 2020. All productions have been transferred to the National Theatre, Karlin Music Theatre and the Estates Theatre.
The Prague State Opera stages a varied programme of opera and ballet by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Prokofiev and other well-known composers.
As with many historic buildings in the Czech Republic, the Prague State Opera has changed ownership and names a number of times, each change reflecting the political climate of the day.
Originally named the German Theatre, the opera house opened in 1888 to great applause. It was immediately hailed as one of the finest German opera houses.
At the end of World War II, the opera house was renamed the Smetana Theatre, after the famous Czech composer, Bedřich Smetana. Opera in Prague was back.
However, the optimism was short lived. Within a few years Czechoslovakia became a communist state, a regime where opera was considered elitist. Performances became few and far between, and the opera house building suffered great neglect.
The theatre's renaissance came in 1992. Communism had fallen and yet another name change followed, to the now familiar Prague State Opera.
A regular programme of opera and ballet was installed, and this magnificent theatre came to life once more. For many visitors today, a night at the Prague opera can be the highlight of their Prague trip.
The Prague State Opera is located a few minutes walk from the top of Wenceslas Square and 15 minutes from the Old Town Square.
For listings and to book tickets for the Prague State Opera: Prague opera and ballet.