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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is located southwestern Slovakia on the borders with Austria and Hungary. It is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Known as Pressburg to German-speakers or Pozsony to Hungarian-speakers, Bratislava got its present name only since 1919. But the city has a long and proud history that dates back to pre-Roman times.
The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories and became a coronation town and the seat of kings and all major organisations and offices. Eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral including The Queen Maria Theresa.
For many people still known as a part of former Czechoslovakia, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia becoming more and more popular city, modern and young so called “Partyslava” or “BARtislava”.
Opera, music and cultural events in Bratislava
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
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.
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.
+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
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
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