The National Theatre, founded in 1868 as a drama theater, is one of the most eminent cultural-artistic institutions in Serbia. The National Theatres activity, almost a century and a half long, brought to our culture extraordinary achievements of entire generations of actors, singers, dancers and other scene performers.
The National theatre has three artistic sectors: Drama, Opera and Ballet. Drama has during all these years of existence performed the works of the biggest authors in world literature, as well as domestic classic and contemporary dramaturgy.
The opera ensemble has since the year of its founding (1919) achieved its greatest artistic maturity in the 50's of the last century when it got its international reputation, doing guest performances on the most famous world festivals and stages of large opera houses.
Ballet, which got into its 80th year of existence, nourishes a repertoire which goes from classic ballet to neoclassicism and contemporary choreographic tendencies.
The first show, DJURADJ BRANKOVIC by Karl Obernik, was held on November 22nd 1868 in the cafe Kod engleske kraljice.
The building of the National theatre on Stambol gate was festively opened on October 30th 1869 with the performance of apotheosis by Djordje Maletic: POSMRTNA SLAVA KNEZA MIHAILA
The first opera show MADAM BUTTERFLY by Djacomo Puccini was held on February 11th 1920.
The first ballet performance, fragments from the ballet NUTTCRACKER, SCHEHEREZADE AND SILFIDE, was held on March 19th 1923.
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