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Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre

Hermann Helmer, Ferdinand Fellner

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Important events

(detail)1809 | opening
The fisrt theatre opened on the site.
(detail)1873 | fire

(detail)1874 | Architectural competition

(detail)13.10.1887 | opening

(detail)1926 | alteration
Rebuilding after fire.
(detail)1967 | restoration


(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

(detail)Theodor Friedl |sculptor

Sculptor, author of original decoration in Prague State Opera.

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Forbes magazine included the Odessa Opera House on the list of the most unusual sights in Eastern Europe. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Odessa, Ukraine, was built between 1884 and 1887 by the Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. The Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre was the first theatre in the Novorossiyskiy province where electric lighting and central heating were used. The architectural style of the Odessa Opera House is the Viennese Baroque. It was an essential style in Europe in the 16th to the 18th centuries.


The auditorium of the Odessa Opera House is decorated in the style of the late French rococo. The ceiling, originally painted by Franz Leffler (and restored by Mikhail Zandin after the 1925 fire) is divided into four segments / medallions containing scenes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night, or What You Will. In the centre there is a large chandelier, amazing with the abundance and grace of its details.



Одеський Національний Академічний театр Опери та Балету
Chaikovs'koho Ln, 1
65026, Odessa


Visits: on appointment



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