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The Romanian National Opera is one of the national opera and ballet companies of Romania. The Opera shares the same building with the National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca.

The opera house was built between 1904 and 1906 by the famous Austrian architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer who designed several theatres and palaces across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, including the theatres in Iaşi, Oradea, Timişoara and Chernivtsi .

The building opened on 8 September 1906 with Ferenc Herczeg's Bujdos髃 and until 1919, as Cluj was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, it was home to the local Hungarian National Theatre .

Since 1919, the building has been home to the local Romanian National Theatre and Romanian Opera.

The hall initially has a capacity of 928 places, being conceived in the Neo-baroque style, with some inflexions inspired by Art Nouveau in the decoration of the foyer.

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