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Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Hermann Helmer, Ferdinand Fellner

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Important events

(detail)14.10.1895 | opening
Opened with Ivan Zajc's opera "Nicola Subic Zrinsjski" in presence of the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I.
(detail)60. 's 20. century | alteration
1965-1969 Alteration and modernization in the interior under the direction of Prof. Raschiza.


(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

Ferdinand Fellner |main architect, architect - participant of the competition
Vlaho Bukovac |painter


On 14 October, 1895, the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I himself opened this theatre, a wonderful building by the Viennese architects Fellner & Helmer. Busts of important Croatian poets and a composer guard the exterior. The Viennese painter Alexander Demetrius Goltz created the paintings on the ceiling of the auditorium, whereas the ceiling of the foyer was decorated later by Ivan Tisov, in 1911.The impressive curtain from 1895, named "The Reformation of of Croatian Literature and Art", is by the painter Vlaho Bukovac. In the 120 years of its existence, the theatre underwent only two technical and structural renovations. Thus, apart from the now modern stage, the building has been entirely preserved. The CNT offers opera, drama and ballet performances almost every day.

Visits:  on appointment

Hrvatsko Narodna Kazalište · Trg maršala Tita 15 · 1000 Zagreb · Croatia 
Tel: +385 1 48 88 488 · Fax: +385 1 48 88 402 · E-mail:hnk(at)hnk(dot)hr · www.hnk.hr



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