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State Opera House reconstruction complete after three years

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The large reconstruction of Prague’s State Opera that cost 1.3 billion crowns and lasted three years is complete, with the National Theatre , of which the State Opera is a part, officially taking the building over from the Hochtief CZ construction firm, National Theatre spokesman Tomas Stanek said today.

Artists will move to the reconstructed premises now and the State Opera will open to the public on January 5, he told CTK.

The project approval procedure started on December 5 and was completed today.

“The construction company will hand the building to the ND after the approval certificate is issued, which we expect to happen in the nearest days,” Stanek said.

The State Opera’s ceremonial reopening is scheduled for January 5, the 132nd anniversary of the house’s start of operation.

The opening concert will guide the viewers through the history of the four opera ensembles hosted by this opera house.

The costs of the State Opera House reconstruction was originally projected at 900 million crowns, but they finally reached 1.3 billion, VAT including, mainly due to a change in the stage turntable technology and the reconstruction of the air conditioning system.

Combining the neoclassicist and neo-rococo styles, the historical building was constructed as the New German Theatre in the late 19th century. It is considered one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe, with excellent acoustics and rich artistic decorations. Its previous complex repair dates back to the early 1970s.

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