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More Than Opera and Ballet at the Lviv Theatre

8. December 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

Elements and details from several different styles of architecture can be admired at the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The theatre is extravagantly decorated inside and out, complete with world renowned paintings and artwork.


The city of Lviv was experiencing rapid growth towards the end of the 19th century so a new, large municipal theatre was in order. A competition began in 1895 to find a design for the new building and Zygmunt Gorgolewski, director of the Lviv Art School, was the winner. He was also a graduate of the Berlin Construction Academy. Construction of the theatre lasted 40 months and was opened on October 4, 1900.


The theatre has so much amazing artwork it can also be regarded as a museum. Symbolism is everywhere. Displayed in the mirror hall are 4 female figures. One with a cupid represents love; one with a snake represents envy; one with a child personifies maternity; and the one with the looking-glass symbolizes pride.


Another remarkable section of the mirror hall represents the multifaceted parts of the world and the treasures each holds. Europe is depicted as a young boy who travels to each continent, collecting the treasures. Asia gives him pearls; Africa gives him diamonds; and American gives him gold.


The auditorium holds 1,000 guests and was decorated by 10 painters. The décor is more than just paintings and sculptures, but also luxurious modeling, gilding, and carving. The Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet has been called one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe and is a must see destination if you are traveling near Lviv, Ukraine.