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Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka „Ivan Zajc“

Ferdinand Fellner, Hermann Helmer

alias Teatro Verdi, Stadttheater
history of the theatresupplementtechnical dataHistoric equipment

Important events

(detail)5.10.1885 | opening
Opened with the opera „Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi.
(detail)1981 | alteration
Reconstruction and modernization: a new turntable,new curtain by Oton Gliha. Statue of the Croatian composer Ivan Zajc in front of the theatre


(detail)Hermann Helmer |main architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres

Oton Gliha |painter


This impressive building was designed by the famous Viennese architects Fellner & Helmer and opened on October 3, 1885, as "Teatro Comunale" with Verdi's "Aida". Neo-renaissance on the outside and neo-baroque inside, it also features a painted ceiling by Gustav and Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch, as well as noteworthy statutes by the Venetian sculptor Augusto Benvenuti. The theatre was named after Giuseppe Verdi in 1913, but after becoming a Croatian National Theatre in 1945, Verdi was replaced by the most important Croatian composer, Ivan Zajc (1832 – 1914). Notwithstanding this, it is home today for a Croatian drama ensemble and an Italian drama ensemble, as well as an opera company and a ballet troupe, entertaining more than 100,000 spectators every year.

Visits: on appointment

Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca · Uljarska 1 · 51 000 Rijeka · Croatia 
Tel: +385 51 3559-24/17 · Tel. box office: +385 51 337 114 · E-mail: zajc(at)hnk-zajc(dot)hr · www.hnk-zajc.hr



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