The Estates Theatre

Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1


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Address:Ovocný trh 1, Praha 1
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Discover the charm of the Estates Theatre, the only surviving theatre where Mozart conducted!

Enjoy the festive atmosphere of this beautiful theatre in which W. A. Mozart received enthusiastic ovations after conducting his operas.
The Estates Theatre is one of the oldest European theatres, in operation continuously since 1783. It was built by enlightened and patriotically minded Count Nostitz Rieneck, who thus aimed to enhance the cultural life of Prague inhabitans. His idea, that a generally accessible theatre is a moral institution demonstrating the cultural level of the nation, was in compliance with the spirit of the late 18th century, the Age of Enlightenment, and the project of theatre was extremely important for Prague of that time. Although presenting plays in German language at first, the theatre soon started staging also Czech plays. In 1798 the Theatre was bought by the Czech Estates, hence its today´s name.
The Estates Theatre is inseparably linked with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer has visited Prague couple of times to compose and give concerts here, and in 1787 he presented his opera The Marriage of Figaro in the Estates Theatre. Under the impression of its enthusiastic reception Mozart composed the Don Giovanni opera for Prague, and personally conducted its world premiere in the Estates Theatre. The opera was an immense success and that is how Don Giovanni and the Estates Theatre have entered the history...
The Estates Theatre was one of the locations in the famous film Amadeus by Milos Forman, and and tribute is paid to Mozart by staging his operas here also nowadays.
Although the name of Mozart shines the most brightly in the history of the theatre, the Estates Theatre allured many other distinct artists of Europe-wide significance. Carl Maria von Weber was a musical directorof the Theatre; the violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini gave a concert here; Arthur Rubinstein, Carl Goldmark and Gustav Mahler conducted at the Theatre. Other famous personalities are e. g. the actors W. A. Iffland, F. Raimund, J. N. Nestroy, W. Scholze, I. Aldrige and many others.
The Estates Theatre was extremely important for the Czech theatre. From the pioneers such as the brothers Thám, to Klicpera, J. K. Tyl, J. J. Kollár, etc., the generations of leading creators and artists presented their plays here. The first Czech modern opera, Skroup’s The Tinker, was presented here in 1826. The play Fidlovacka by J. K. Tyl and F. Skroup, premiered here, includes the song “Where is My Home”, which would later become the Czech national anthem. In the Estates Theatre you can see Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.

Please note:

Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.

* Walking distance from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
10 min

* Accessibility by public transport:
metro A ( green line) or B (yellow line) - Mustek stop

* Nearest car parking:
Millenium Plaza, V Celnici 10, Praha 1, or Palladium or Kotva shopping malls on Namesti Republiky

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Ballet by Franz Schubert, Pēteris Vasks

April 08, 2018 | 19:00 (Sun)

Royal Renaissance Music With Luxury Dinner

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April until August 2018

2-hour Renaissance concert and banquet close to Prague Castle. The ticket includes beautiful music by instrumental ensemble Ludus Musicus, performance by dance and theater ensemble Regii Caroli Regis, welcome drink and 4-course menu.

Prague Symphony Orchestra Concerts

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February until June 2018

The best of Prague classical music - Prague Symphony Orchestra concerts! Look forward to Mahler´s Symphony No. 9, J. S. Bach, Jose Cura, A. Dvořák, music from The Oscar winning movie The Shop On The Main Street and more!

Euroart Prague Festival of Chamber Music

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March until June 2018

This acclaimed festival will bring you the best of chamber music performed by the acknowledged European chamber ensembles. Czech Republic will present the great Stamic Quartet. Look forward to music of J. Haydn, A. Dvorak and more!

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

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March until July 2018

The outstanding orchestral concerts in the Smetana Hall are not to be missed. The world known conductors (such as Libor Pešek, Steven Mercurio, etc.) will be hosts in this 25th season of Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Book now!

Concerts in Municipal House - Smetana Hall

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Concert Season 2018

Smetana Hall was built as a tribute to the world known Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. The most acclaimed Czech and world orchestras perform here. Admire the Art Nouveau decorations whilst listening to great chamber or orchestral concerts!

Classical Music in famous Prague´s churches

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Concert Season 2018

Find a list of all spiritual, sacred, organ or chamber concerts in the most famous churches in Prague center with astonishing architecture and exterior. Most of them have unique organ instruments from Baroque period.

Classical music in famous Prague´s concert halls

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Concert Season 2018

Prague is a real Mekka for all classical music lovers. Choose from a wide list of concerts at glorious concert halls such as Rudolfinum, Municipal House or few hidden gems such as Boccaccio Hall. They are all located in Prague center.

Sightseeing Tour in Rudolfinum

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Home of Czech Philharmonic

Prague Ticket Office is the only exclusive ticket seller of the Rudolfinum art tour. Visit the presidential and conductor's lounge and both famous concert halls of Rudolfinum with an employee of the Czech Philharmonic as your guide.

Listen and Dine

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Music and dinner in Prague. Jazz, classical, traditional. Some great Prague event venues. Exquisite meal. Choice is yours.

Easter in Prague

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Spend Easter time in Prague listening to the best Easter classical music plus you get to visit the most prominent concert venues in Prague!

Sightseeing Tours

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Large selection of sightseeing tours in or outside of Prague. Tickets for private tour with your own guide or small group tours.

Gift Certificates

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Special Present

Is someone precious to you planning a trip to Prague? Why don´t you surprise them with a unique present! We are pleased to offer you Via Musica Gift Certificate.

Group Discounts

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

Sightseeing Tours

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Wide range of Prague sightseeing tours and tours in Czechia with a group or privately and in many different languages.

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