Anniversary concert at the Bucharest National Opera House


The Bucharest National Opera House (ONB) on January 9 celebrated the 60th anniversary since the inauguration of its present building, event marked by an extraordinary anniversary concert with fragments from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Queen of Spades’, chosen because it was the first opera staged in the 1953-1954 opera season, ‘Eugene Onegin’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, ‘La Boheme’ by Giacomo Puccini, ‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi and the ballet ‘Coppelia’ by Leo Delibes, and from other famous works of the genre, Agerpres informs. The Bucharest National Opera House building, erected following plans of architects Octav Doicescu and Paraschiva Iubu, shows a heraldic symbol on its frontispiece created by Tudor-Radu Tiron and a motto in Latin language: ARS GRATIA ARTIS (art for the sake of art or, ad litteram, art for reward’s sake). Being listed among the historical monuments in the Romanian capital, having become in the meantime a true symbol of culture and arts, the Romanian National Opera House, with a 952-seat capacity, was built in 1953.

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