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Theatres

Wroclaw abounds in theatres and has rich theatrical traditions. It is here in Wroclaw that Jerzy Grotowski, the great reformer of the world theatre, worked with his 13 Row Laboratory Theatre in the 1960s. The city also regularly holds theatrical events. Thus, there are a lot of both institutional and alternative theatres to choose from.

The complete list of Wroclaw theatres can be found at: http://www.wroclaw.pl/p/1454/


Opera of Wroclaw

The Opera of Wroclaw plays an important role in the cultural life of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. It has very long operatic traditions. Since the first half of the 17th century the opera and theatre ensembles have performed here. The status of the Opera changed over the years from the Ballroom through the City Theatre to the Royal Theatre.
It was a significant opera stage as opera works composed by such artists as W.A. Mozart, G. Rossini, L. van Beethoven or Carl Maria von Weber were staged here soon after their first performances.

In its present shape the Opera House of Wroclaw was constructed in 1837-41 and till 1944 it was the leading stage in Germany. The staging of Stanislaus Moniuszko’s (the father of Polish opera)‘’Halka’’ marks the beginning of the post-war era. Since then as many as almost 260 premieres have been staged in the Opera House of Wroclaw. The world-famous composers, singers, conductors, choreographers, musicians such as Antonina Miklaszewska - Campi, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, among others have performed here.

On September 8th, 2005 after a nine-year renovation the Opera was reopen to the public.

Nowadays the Opera mainly offers classical operas composed by such worldly-acknowledged masters as Verdi and Puccini. For its current repertoire see: http://www.opera.wroclaw.pl

Since 1997 the Opera of Wroclaw has been widely known for its splendid open-air operatic productions staged in different sceneries and for megaproductions shown at the Centennial Hall. These performances often watched by as many as 4,000 people are regarded as the largest operatic productions in the country. So far the following performances have taken place: Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’, Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Nabucco’’ and ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor’’, etc. So far the largest one has been the staging of Ponchielli’s‘’Gioconda’’ performed on the Oder river which during six performances was watched by more than 30,000 people.

The latest project the Opera of Wroclaw was engaged in was the staging of Richard Wagner’s ‘’ The Ring of the Nibelung’’. It was a great challenge as Wagner’s works are demanding for each operatic company. The first part – ‘’The Rhinegold’’ shown in 2003 attracted the audience of more than 14,000 people and gained a great applause of both critics and the audience. This October during ‘’Wagner’s festival’’ the whole four-opera ‘’Ring cycle’’ was staged at the Centennial Hall.

More info: http://www.opera.wroclaw.pl


Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert

Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert Hall named after Witold Lutoslawski, great Polish composer of the 20th century, was founded in 1954. Since then it has been an important musical centre not only in the city of Wroclaw, but in the Lower Silesia region as well. Its Philharmonic Orchestra has a versatile repertoire consisting of both monumental works composed by Mahler or Wagner and classical pieces ranging from baroque to contemporary music. The ensemble is often invited to play at the most prestigious European festivals. They have gone on a lot of international tours and performed in the most famous venues in Europe and in the USA. Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra performs about 120 programs each season.

For the current repertoire and more info see:  www.filharmonia.wroclaw.pl


Capitol Musical Theatre

The origins of the theatre go back to 1945 when operetta artists coming from the pre-war territories formed an artistic group performing in then existent Popular Theatre. Fifty years later the Theatre was established and specialized in the classical operetta repertoire. Over the years its name changed from the Musical Theatre to the Wroclaw Operetta. Finally, in 1991 the City Council of Wroclaw adopted a resolution changing its name to the CAPITOL Musical Theatre in honour of the pre-war Capitol cinema-theatre which was situated here.

Nowadays the CAPITOL Musical Theatre is a thriving musical stage offering musicals, operettas and variety shows. Amongst others: My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Kay and Gerda – The Tale of the Snow Queen, The Bat, The Csardas Princess and Scat, From Shoeshine to Millionaire. All of them performed in an original way guarantee perfect entertainment.

For the current repertoire and more info see: http://www.teatr-muzyczny.pl


Art Galleries


Wroclaw offers a wide selection of artistic events held at the art galleries of the city. There are a lot of them to choose from. One of the most famous galleries is the BWA Wroclaw – Gallery of Contemporary Art situated in Wita Stwosza Street not far from the city centre. Other galleries are equally interesting and hold exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photos, urban design, jewellery, glass, ceramics, etc. Some employ an interactive method of art presentation. Thanks to them it is also possible to see the art students' dissertations in sculpture, installation and industrial design every year. A few galleries of Wroclaw combine the art presentation with music holding not only exhibitions but also chamber music or jazz concerts as well.

The complete list of the art galleries of Wroclaw: http://www.wroclaw.pl/p/1446/


Museums


Wroclaw abounds in various kinds of museums catering for each taste and targeted at people of various age groups. Here comes the list of the museums of Wroclaw:

The City Museum of Wroclaw comprises the following museums:

The Museum of Archeology
ul. Cieszynskiego 9
Admission hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mondays & Tuesdays closed

The Museum of City Art
Stary Ratusz
Admission hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mondays & Tuesdays closed

The Military Museum
ul. Cieszynskiego 9
Admission hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mondays & Tuesdays closed

The Museum of Metal Engraving Arts
ul. Kie³basnicza 5

The Museum of Cemetery Arts
ul. Slezna 37/39
Admission hours: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Historical Museum
Sukiennice 14/15

The Museum of Architecture
ul. Bernardynska 5
Admision hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday Closed

The National Museum in Wroclaw comprises:
Plac Powstancow Warszawy 5
Admission hours: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday Closed

The Ethnographic Museum
ul. Traugutta 111/113
Admision hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday Closed

The Museum of the Art of the Book
Plac Powstancow Warszawy 5 (in the building of the National Museum)
Admission hours: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday Closed

The Panorama of Raclawice
ul. Purkyniego 11
Admission hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday Closed
Details at: http://www.mnwr.art.pl/en/en/mnwr.html

The Museum of the Archdiocese in Wroclaw
Plac Katedralny 16
Admission hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday Closed
Details at: http://wroclaw.pl/p/1450/

The Museum of the Post and the Telecommunications
ul. Krasinskiego 1
Admission hours: Monday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Details at www.muzeum.wroclaw.pl

The Geological Museum of the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Wroclaw
ul. Cybulskiego 30
Admission hours: Monday & Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed

The Mineralogical Museum of the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Wroclaw
ul. Cybulskiego 30
Admission hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Its branch is situated at 22 Kuznicza Street.
Admission hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Source:http://www.wroclaw.pl/p/1451/


Cinemas


 Here comes the list of the cinemas of Wroclaw. The first two cinemas listed are multi-cinema complexes.

  • Cinema City Korona ul. Boles³awa Krzywoustego 126
  • HELIOS Cinema ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 19A-21
  • Dworcowe Cinema
    Al. Marsza³ka Jozefa Pilsudskiego 105
    The only European cinema situated on the premises of the railway station showing the classics of the Polish and world cinema.
  • Lwow Cinema ul. Hallera 15
  • Mozaika Cinema ul. Braniborska 59
  • Ognisko Cinema Skwer Obroncow Helu 1
  • Academic Film Centres are a part of the Europa Cinemas Network
  • ATOM Cinema & Oskar Cinema Plac Muzealny 16
  • Warszawa Cinema Al. Marsza³ka Jozefa Pilsudskiego 64A
  • LALKA Cinema ul. Prusa 32

 

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