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Süreyya Opera House

Bahariye Caddesi 29, Kadıköy, 34710 Istanbul

Box office open 10–6. Tickets on sale from one month prior to performance.

The opera house is easily reached by boat and tram (or boat and foot) from Kabataş or Eminönü, on the European side of Istanbul. Dine afterwards at the grand old meyhane Koço, overlooking the bay of Moda.

Established by Süreyya İlmen Pasha in 1927, the Süreyya Opera House was the first musical theatre on the Asian side of Istanbul. It was known then as the Süreyya Operetta. After the closure of the Atatürk Cultural Centre in Taksim a decade ago, Kadıköy assumed the mantle of home of the Istanbul Opera and Ballet, and what had become the Süreyya Cinema was given a thorough makeover, reopening in 2007. Tickets are phenomenally hard to get hold of, so always book asap.

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