Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Slovene National Theatre Maribor is the largest cultural and artistic institute in Slovenia. Founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and financed from the state budget, it is organised in four artistic units: Drama, Opera, Ballet and the Theatre Festival Borštnikovo srečanje.
Slovene National Theatre Maribor comprises five stages and halls (Grand Hall – 844 seats, Old Auditorium – 240 seats, Small Stage – 100 seats, Chamber Stage – 80 seats, Kazina Hall – 200 seats). With premieres and repeats from previous seasons there are about 40 live performances annually on the repertory. There are around 500 performances in a season; around 200.000 visitors attend performances every year.
Since its formation Drama of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor has premiered more than 900 various performances with programme ranging from classical to contemporary plays. Such diverse programme significantly contributes to and enriches the entire Slovene theatrical scene. Drama of Slovene National Theatre Maribor today is a top level cultural centre in the Central European region where innovatory original creations are expected.
Opera and Ballet’s first performance operetta Mam’zelle Nitouche was staged in 1920. The first opera V vodnjaku (In the Well) composed by Vilém Blodek was performed in 1921. Five years later, the first ballet performance Možiček (Little Man) by Josip Ipavec was produced, and in 1949 the first full-length ballet Coppélia by Léo Delibes premièred on stage.
Since its formation more than 500 various performances were staged with programme ranging from baroque to contemporary music including works by Slovene composers. Such diverse programme significantly contributes to and enriches the entire Slovene musical scene.
Slovene National Theatre Maribor performs throughout Slovenia (especially Drama) and abroad (especially Opera and Ballet) and our artists have enchanted audiences on tours in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Montenegro, Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States of America and Venezuela.