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The multifaceted Ukrainian architecture is represented not only by the ancient cathedrals but also by a number of cultural venues like theatres. Going from the 16th-century Italian Renaissance to the 19th-century Art Nouveau styles, there are a lot of buildings and interiors that will delight and amaze.
The Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is not only a gem of Lviv’s architecture but also a Ukrainian one. The building is among the most beautiful neo-Renaissance architectural examples in Europe, often compared to the Viennese opera house. Its doors first opened in 1901, but the construction started three years earlier. One can endlessly marvel its façade, but the splendid interior is worth paying attention to. The Lviv’s Opera House is named after an inspiring woman in Ukrainian history – Solomiya Krushelnytska, who was an opera diva.
Svobody Ave, 28, L’viv, Ukraine, +380 322 356 586
The 19th-century building of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre is a true pride of Ukrainians. This remarkable monument had become a symbol of the city quite some time ago. The theatre constitutes an architectural mix of Italian Renaissance, Viennese Baroque style and classical Rococo. From afar, Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre resembles Dresden Opera House.
Chaikovs’koho Ln, 1, Odesa, Ukraine, +380 48 780 15 09
The National Opera of Ukraine is located in the heart of ancient Kiev on the intersection of two crowded streets – Vladymyrska St and Bohdana Khmelnytsogo St. Its façade is decorated with stucco moulding, while on the main entrance one can see the composition in the form of gryphons, holding a symbol of music – a lyre. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the theatre has seen tens of thousands of incredible performances, among which one should mention the incredible ballet of Sergei Polunin (famous Ukrainian ballet dancer and actor from the film Dancer).
Volodymyrska St, 50, Kiev, Ukraine, +380 44 234 71 65
Suzirija (Constellation in English) is a Kiev Academic Workshop of Theatre Art and the first Ukrainian engagement theatre at the same time. It was created in 1988, and since that time it served a magical pastime for locals. Nowadays, the theatre building is a historical attraction in the Art Nouveau style. However, until 1908, Suzirija was a private property. The mansion was a venue for Kievan intellectual, where art salons were regularly held. Interestingly, every single play starts from the tour around the mansion led by the art director of the theatre.
Yaroslaviv Val St, 14Б, Kiev, Ukraine, +380 44 272 41 88
The Ternopil Academic Drama Theatre of Taras Shevchenko is the main theatre arena of the city. It is a large cultural venue, which seats up to 600 people. Operating since 1957, it received status as an academic venue 50 years later. Aside from the main stage, there’s a small hall as well. Currently, one can attend not only theatrical plays but also orchestra and ballet performances.
Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd, 22, Ternopil, Ukraine, +380 352 522 071
Kharkov is known as the theatre capital of Ukraine; it features the rich variety of performances, going from the traditional theatre to contemporary improvisational plays. The Kharkov National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the oldest musical theatres in the country. Constructed in 1925, its repertoire offers performances in Ukrainian, Russian, Italian and French. Meanwhile, the hall itself is a striking representative of Soviet architecture in Ukraine.
Sumska St, 25, Kharkiv, Ukraine, +380 57 707 70 43
The Vinnytsia State Academic Music and Drama Theatre is a must-see attraction in Ukraine. Its construction started in 1910 and lasted just for 11 months. At that time, the city was already been a regional centre, and the local elite could easily afford to allocate funds for theatre construction. Moreover, the Vinnytsia State Academic Music and Drama Theatre is located in the heart of the city and constitutes an interesting attraction for tourists.
Teatral’na St, 13, Vinnytsia, Ukraine, +380 432 670 907