The Bucharest National Opera


The Bucharest National Opera is located at 70-73 Mihail Kogălniceanu, Bucharest.

Entrance fee: No, only on events.


The Bucharest National Opera is one of the greatest cultural symbols of the capital and was founded in 1921. Today it is the biggest lyric theater and one of the four national operas alongside those in Timişoara, Cluj-Napoca and Iaşi. The building which houses the prestigious institution nowadays was initially called the Opera and Ballet Theater and was built in the 1950s. The building can accommodate up to 952 spectators. On the second floor of the building you have the opportunity to visit the Opera Museum, where you will find collections of photographs, stage costumes and busts of great artists. Also in the opera’s park you can admire the bust of the great Romanian composer George Enescu. The National Opera hosts many festivals, including the George Enescu International Festival.

Did you know?

The opera has been functioning for the last 62 years in the current location. It was moved here after its former location, the National Theater, was bombed during World War II.

Conservation facts

The building of the National Opera, which is included on the historical monuments list, underwent extensive consolidation and renovation works between 2013-2014. Also its acoustic has been improved.