Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
This National Theater ("National" meaning Bavarian, not German) has had a quite typical history for nineteenth century opera houses in this part of the world. It was first built from 1811 to 1818. In burned to the ground in 1823 and was built again by 1825. One hundred and eighteen years later it was destroyed by bombs during the Second World War, and was again rebuilt from 1958 to 1963.
The ornate box in the middle of the first photo, flanked by two statues, is the Kings Loge. Anybody can sit there now (anybody who is willing to pay between 132 and 163 Euros for a ticket, that is) but originally it was reserved for the King of Bavaria, who lived right next door in the Residenz and in fact had a private passageway so he could enter the theater unobserved. Sometimes he ordered an exclusive opera performance late at night, came over in his dressing gown and sat alone in the empty theater while the entire opera company performed for him.
Of course nobody said so to his face, but even at the time the musicians thought this was a stupid idea, because the acoustics are much better when 2100 people are in the seats, instead of only one.
Second photo: Looking up from the orchestra pit.
The tour of the National Theater also includes a look at the backstage areas, provided no rehearsals are going on and the stagemaster on duty gives his approval.
The last time I took the tour they were setting up the stage for a performance of Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner, which by the way had its world premiere right here in this theater on September 22, 1869 on orders of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. (The composer objected to this, because he wanted to have the world premiere at Bayreuth along with the other three operas of the Ring of the Nibelungen, but the king went ahead and did it anyway, since he was the one who had financed the entire project.)
Second photo: Off to one side of the stage they have storage space for the stage sets that will be used in the next week or two.
Third and fourth photos: Some of the hydraulic machinery under the stage.
The Bavarian State Opera describes itself as "the world's busiest opera and ballet company!"
For example, their 2006/2007 season included "39 different operatic productions, seven of them new stagings including two world premières, as well as the performances by the Bavarian State Ballet" and "an extraordinarily rich and varied concert program."
And they have the singers who can do it. For instance Diana Damrau, a former Frankfurt ensemble member who now appears in several Munich productions each season.
They also have an excellent chorus director, Andres Maspero, who used to have the same position in Frankfurt.
Second photo: Nationaltheater from above, as seen from the top of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).
Third photo: Stage entrance.
Fourth photo: The new opera box office, behind the theater.
Next to the Residence and in the circle drive out on the south side, this is used for opera and ballet events of the locals. it first opened in 1818 by Maximilain I, and it burned but rebuilt in 1823; later modified in 1930
Just a five-minute walk from the Platzl Hotel is the most important venue of one of the best opera houses in the world: the Bavarian State Opera in the National Theater. In the architecturally attractive buildings numerous performances take place every year.
The Opera Theatre is siutuated on the Max Joseph Platz and it is known to be Germany's most visited opera house. Unfortunately I did not make it to a show there, maybe next time. The
Although it was destroyed in WWII it was rebuilt in the exact way it was before, with marble columns and murals.
Munich's opera house, originally known as the Königliches Hof und Nationaltheater (Royal Court and National Theater), was built by Karl von Fischer in Neo-Classical style in 1811-18. Burned down in 1823, it reopened in 1825. It was destroyed again during the Second World War, when the Opera moved to the Prinzregententheater, but was rebuilt in its original form and reopened in 1963. Several more years of renovation were completed in 1988.
Classical opera house with an impressive exterior and a magnificent interior. The theater's ensemble has a long-standing tradition of excellence.
The State Opera seats 2,100 people. Five rows of stalls and the royal box overlook the circular auditorium .
The Bavarians give their hearts and souls to opera, and this is one of the world's great opera companies. Its productions are beautifully mounted and presented, and the company's roster includes some of the world's greatest singers. Hard-to-get tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm, plus 1 hour before each performance. The Nationaltheater is also the home of the Bavarian State Ballet.
It is in a way part of the Residenz. All the people come here to enjoy the opera. Sitting on a terrace it is nice to see lot of people specially dress up to the opera.
I just like the neo-classic style of the building and I'm not the opera loving kind a guy.
This awesome building greek style,is the Nationaltheater or Opera House.It was built in 1.818 and it has a capacity for about 2.100 people.Is one of best and most beautiful Opera Houses not just in Germany,in the whole Europe or rest of the world.I didn't had the time to see a representation here but if you comes to the city with more time ,don't miss it!!!!.
at all I was really impressed of all the huge and majestic buildings all around the central area of Munich. One of them is definetely the bavarian national theatre just next to the enourmos "Residenz", the palace constructions in the heart of Munich.
King Max I Joseph wated to have a national theatre like the ODEON in Paris.
Karl von Fischer - a young architect - won the competition and in 1818 the theatre was finished.
Just 5 years later it burned down, and Klenze rebuilt the theatre with a few alterations untill 1825.
The theatre had seats for 2100 people - quite unique for that time, and of course the king had his own box and when "mad" king Ludwig II was in Munich he often attended a performance with nobody else in the audience except a very few of his personal servants.
The Neo-Classical opera house was entirely rebuilt after being completely destroyed in World War Two. Several premieres took place on stage such as Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde".
Take a look at my nightlife tip for a picture of the opera.
I saw a lot of skaters at the Opernplatz. Seemed as it was a kind of meeting point for skaters.
This theater/opera house on Max Joseph-square was built in the fashion of a greek temple. Obviously the Bavarian kings were great admirers of greek and roman antiquity!