The Estates Theatre (Stavovske Divadlo) is one of the most beautiful historical theaters in Europe. Built in less than two years, it opened in 1783, making it Prague's oldest theater. The site, known by locals as Stavoske divaldo, is famous for its connection with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who spent quite some time in Prague working on operas that would later be performed here. His Marriage of Figaro was played here in 1786, and the next year, Mozart personally conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni in this space. Don Giovanni is still the theater's most prized opera performance.
While the building’s exterior has become an architectural icon, it’s the interior that leaves visitors truly breathless. Ornate gilded ceilings, glowing hallows of light and classically inspired design make the Estate Theatre’s environment almost as impressive as its performances.
Mozartissimo, a selection of Mozart's famous opera arias, as well as other shows and classical concerts are also performed throughout the year. The nation’s opera, ballet and theater groups all utilize this stately space to bring their craft to the country’s people, and travelers have been finding their way to the stage in search of a true taste of Czech culture for decades.
The Estates Theatre is located at Ovocny trh 1 between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square. Travelers are welcome to explore the grounds on their own or on one of the theater’s guided tours.