The Neo-Renaissance building of the State Opera in Prague is a splendid stage, second only to the National Theatre. Its rich history began in 1888, when the building was opened as a German stage. Such greats as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss left their marks here. Opera and ballet lovers will delight in the classical repertoire with offerings such as Aida, Nabucco, Madame Butterfly and Rusalka, and they also will appreciate the spacious auditorium and Neo-Rococo decoration. Those who want to further explore the interiors of the State Opera can take a tour of the building.