Opera, music and cultural events in Bratislava

Slovak National Theatre - view from Hviezdoslavovo namestie

Bratislava is proudly considered as the city of opera. In the past, the giants of music like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Rubinstein, and Hummel acted here. The present ballet and opera of the Slovak National Theatre are world-known by their classical performances and brought up the opera stars like Peter Dvorský, Lucia Popp or Edita Gruber.

Bratislava - city of opera

Slovak National Theatre - Historical Building, Bratislava, SlovakiaSlovak National Theatre - New Building, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Opera in Bratislava is popular amongst its visitors - for high quality as well as favourable prices. The Opera of the Slovak National Theatre is located in two separate buildings; a Habsburg-era building right in the city centre on Hviezdoslav’ Square and a new building, opened in April 2007 located only a few minutes walk from the historical centre, at the Danube coast. Opera performances are subtitled in Slovak or Germans, so it is advisable for English-language speakers to familiarize themselves with the plot in advance. Performances usually start at 7 pm.

Find more details on the Slovak National Theatre website or directly search for the program of all performances.

Tickets may be purchased at the Slovak National Theatre Central Box Offices on Jesenskeho street or in new building on Olejkárska street. Both offices are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.

Telephone reservations:

+421 2 577 82 539 (group bookings)

+421 2 5443 3764 (individual bookings for historical building)

+421 2 5778 2536 (individual bookings for new building)

Slovak National Philharmonic

Reduta Building, BratislavaReduta Building, Bratislava

The Slovak National Philharmonic is a body of international reputation, already in its 60th season (2008/09).

Most concerts are held at the Philharmonic's Reduta building just off the Hviezdoslavovo Square (behind Hotel Radisson SAS Carlton). The audience loves Reduta, the concert hall which has been for many years providing exceptional musical experience and that has filled the lives of many people with the sense of understanding beauty of perceived classical music. It is the mainstay of all our musical architecture created by the masterpieces of both native and world’s, classical and modern provenance.

The Slovak Philharmonic with mainly Slovak prominent soloists will also in the forthcoming season perform the pieces by the world’s most respected composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Bizet, Strauss, Mahler, Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček, together with works of Slovak composers Bella and Suchoň. The Slovak Philharmonic Website contains descriptions of the five ensembles a searchable schedule of concerts and an on-line ticket reservations option.

The Ticket Box Office is located directly in the Reduta building and is open Monday- Friday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday from 8 am to 2 pm).

Telephone reservations: +421 2 544 333 51, 544 333 52

Fax: +421 2 544 359 56.

Other cultural events in Bratislava

Bratislava Jazz Days

Annually in Bratislava are held many other cultural events. Among them the best-known are Bratislava Music Festival (BHS) in September and Bratislava Jazz Days (BJD) in October.

The majority of tickets cost about 4 € but for special performances could be up to 38 €. You can book them on-line with Ticketportal or Eventim.

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