These are the three main opera venues in Prague, Czechia:
- The larger photo on the left shows The National Theater (Národní divadlo), which first opened in 1881. It currently seats 986 spectators. The opera I saw at the National Theater was Nápoj lásky (better known in Italian as L’elisir d’amore and in English as The elixir of love) by Gaetano Donizetti.
- Upper right: the State Opera (Státní opera), which first opened in 1888 and currently seats 1041 spectators. At the State Opera I saw a performance of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
- Lower right: the Estates Theater (Stavovské divadlo), which first opened in 1783 and currently has seats for 659 spectators, plus standing room for 20 to 40 more. I have not yet seen any operas at the Estates Theater, but hope to do so after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
My first visit to Prague was on the 10,959th day of my life, or so I used to think. Actually it was only the 10,958th day, as I have since determined by a simple calculation in Excel, but at that time Excel had not yet been invented, so I tried to figure it out by counting days in old calendars, taking leap years into account, etc.
In any case, I later described this day in a story that was published in a small magazine called The Remington Review. You can find this story here in a separate post in case you would like to have a look.
15,126 days later I returned to Prague and everything was different. The sun was shining, the Soviet Union had ceased to exist, digital photography had been invented, Czechoslovakia had broken up peacefully into two countries and I did not have the runs. I took some pictures of the State Opera on the way from the station to my hotel.
My photos in this post are from 2011. I revised the text in 2021.