Grand Theatre, Poznań

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Grand Theatre
Teatr Wielki im. Stanisława Moniuszki (Polish)
Teatr Miejski
Teatr Wielki
Poznan 10-2013 img05 Grand Theatre.jpg
Address 9 Aleksandra Fredry
Poznań
Poland
Type Opera house
Construction
Opened 1910
Years active 1910-present
Architect Max Littmann
Website
http://www.opera.poznan.pl/
Grand Theatre, Poznań

Grand Theatre, Poznań (Polish: Teatr Wielki im. Stanisława Moniuszki w Poznaniu) is a neoclassical opera house located in Poznań, Poland. It is named after famous Polish composer Stanisław Moniuszko.

History[edit]

Designed by German architect Max Littmann, and inaugurated in 1910 with The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), the Grand Theatre in Poznań is a main opera stage in Greater Poland Voivodeship currently directed by Michał Znaniecki.

Its season runs from mid-September to mid-June and the company mounts an annual "Festival Verdi" in October and "E. T. A. Hoffmann Festival" in April, often with special guests.

Architecture[edit]

The façade of the building is a huge portico that was built according to the rules of classical architecture of ancient Rome. Dozens of monumental steps are bordered by two sculptures: on the left, a woman riding a lion; and on the right, a man handling a panther. At the top of the staircase stand six massive Ionic columns with a triangular tympanum surmounted by a Pegasus statue, a symbol of the building. To the east is the former restaurant pavilion and to the west is a separate entrance for the emperor. The interior consists of beautifully decorated halls, foyers and other rooms, crystal chandeliers, and rich wall decorations.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 52°24′36″N 16°55′03″E / 52.41000°N 16.91750°E / 52.41000; 16.91750