The National Opera (the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko) is the largest musical theater in Ukraine.
The opera house was built in 1901 on the place of the burned down City Theater. Within the walls of Kyiv Opera that Prime Minister of the Russian Empire Stolypin was killed, when attending the premiere of "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" together with Emperor Nicholas II, his family and his associates. In the Soviet years, the theater was nationalized.
It received Taras Shevchenko's name back in 1939. The Kyiv Opera became the second theater in the USSR, where a system for monitoring the temperature of the hall was installed.
Since 1983-1988, the theater underwent a large-scale reconstruction, which allowed to increase the stage, the orchestra pit and rehearsal areas.