"Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre" Prague Tourist Trap Tip by rsilva

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The Estates Theatre was built in 1783 and is one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe. This is where Mozart personally conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787.

The theater itself is very beautiful (it is difficult to see from the photo) and in a very good shape. That alone is worth a visit, if you are willing to pay a quite expensive ticket (not only for Czech standards) . We paid 1390CZK (almost 50 Eur each) and these were not the cheapest tickets

My first concern was the fact that the WHOLE attendance were foreigners. This is usually not a good sign. I guess I should have expected this, but still...

The problem was the actual opera. The acting was terrible, to the point where the actors were booed several times! The rythm was extremely slow and the whole experience was boring. Please note that I really like music and I was looking forward to seeing this opera.

Well, I would expect the acting to be good, after all this was were the opera premiered. I do not think they were having a bad night, they were just bad.

Note: If you are Italian or Italian-speaking you will find it insulting that they cannot get one whole sentence right...

Unique Suggestions: Go for the cheaper tickets...

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 8, 2005
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