National Opera of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine

From its humble beginnings in 1867, the National Opera of Ukraine has been a cultural mainstay in Kiev. The impressive structure that houses the cultural institution is filled with unique architecture and has modern amenities after it was rebuilt following a devastating fire in the 1980s.

It's one of the most popular cultural attractions in the city: millions of people over the last century have graced its halls and viewed classics like Swan Lake or the Nutcracker.

The National Opera isn't just a great place to view a performance. Outside is the perfect spot to people watch or grab a bite to eat. There is a waterfall sculpture outside, and across the street are a few excellent restaurants from which to choose.



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Founded: 1867
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Ukraine

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Ivan Kuprijanov (10 months ago)
Great and memorable experience in the superior surrounding. Awesome atmosphere, excellent staging and musical accompaniment. The story about Dr Faust was quite impressive,-)
Fatma DOĞAN SEÇKİN (2 years ago)
Great place, I love the architecture. Carmen-Suite is a great show. You can visit it when you come to Ukraine, I hope I have a chance to visit here again.
Shaun (2 years ago)
We enjoyed it a lot. Beautiful classical dance and opera. We arrived 3 min late but they still allowed us to come inside, thanks! ?
Russ Gaines (3 years ago)
If you visit Kyiv, you MUST go see an Opera, Ballet or Concert at the National Opera House of Ukraine! An INCREDIBLE Venue & Experience for the Entire Family or Perfect for a FANTASTIC Date!!! Some pics from the Opera, "Carmen" (Dec 2021). And, please visit for more details on traveling to Ukraine to meet the Lady of Your Dreams! Very Best, Russ Gaines (Founder & CEO, uaWingman LLC)
Indran Raman (3 years ago)
Prices are reasonable compared to other european counterparts with shows changing daily. Please ensure you book early and dress code should be adhered too.
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