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19 wondrous opera houses

By: Angela Nelson on Aug. 18, 2016, 6:42 a.m.
Estates Theater in Prague

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Estates Theater in Prague

It took only two years to construct the Stavovské divadlo in the Czech Republic, which officially opened in 1783 during the Enlightenment, when people were given more access to art, music and theater. One of its biggest claims to fame is a strong tie to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Estates Theater was home to the world premieres of two of his operas: the famous "Don Giovanni" in 1787, which Mozart himself conducted, and "La Clemenza di Tito" in 1791. There's even a Mozart statue on the side of the theater.

Built in neoclassical style and founded by German-born aristocrat František Antonín Count Nostitz Rieneck, the greenish-blue-and-gold theater is preserved in its original state to this day. An inscription above the portal reflects the intentions of its creator: Patriae et Musis, which means "to the native land and the muses."