Odessa is a city of elegance, nowhere does this shine through clearer than at the Odessa State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater. The true beauty of the structure is clearly evident from the inside out, with crowing achievements in dance and performance taking place beneath the ornately designed treasure of old world architecture. Construction began in 1884, completed over the course of 3 years, following the design of Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, occupying the same grounds an even older theater that had succumbed to fire just 11 years prior. Today’s Theater offers the timeless classic feel of yesterday with up to date renovations, having undergone both exterior and interior repairs and refurbishing from 2003 to 2005.
Though most shows start at 7 pm, a daytime trip to theater gives attendees the chance to survey to lovely gardens that accent the theater’s curb appeal. Consider arriving early simply to marvel at the architecture before focusing your attention to the stage for an equally breathtaking experience. Lines may be long as the attraction is in high demand from tourists and locals alike. Ballets are generally more popular than operas in terms of attendance, so plan accordingly. Tickets are generally available for under 20 American, going down from there depending on availability and seat location. The main entrance to Odessa State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater is located on Lanzheronovskaya Street, next to the Palais Royal Garden, the Teatralnaya and the Maritime Museum.