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10 Places Where You Can Follow Famous Footsteps in Historic Bavaria; AFAR

Photo: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung/Achim Bunz

Do as the Germans once did in enchanting Bavaria, where you can step back in time at old homes, historic sites, and more.

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Inch by Inch, an Operatic Jewel Is Polished; AJ Goldman; NY Times

Germany – Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

The intimate yet dazzling Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany, built in 1748, is reopening after a six-year renovation.

This small city is known throughout the world for its summertime Wagner festival, founded in 1876 by Richard Wagner himself. But long before the “Ring” cycle, Bayreuth had another operatic visionary.

Wilhelmine, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, was the eldest daughter of King Frederick William I of Prussia, and the sister of Frederick the Great. An ambitious polymath who composed music, wrote verse and corresponded with Voltaire, she built Bayreuth’s intimate yet elaborate Margravial Opera House, one of the most outstanding surviving examples of Baroque theater architecture in Europe.

On Tuesday, the nearly 300-year-old opera house — a Unesco World Heritage site since 2012 — reopens to the public after a six-year renovation that cost 29.6 million euros ($36.6 million) and returned its dazzling ornamental details, murals and trompe l’oeil effects to something approximating their original brilliance.

“Centimeter for centimeter, you can see that we got our money’s worth,” said Thomas Rainer of the Bavarian Palace Department, which oversaw the renovation, during a tour of the building last week.


Bayreuth’s Baroque Jewel: The Margravial Opera House; Frederike Muller; Deutsche Welle

Germany – Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

No venue in the world conveys the atmosphere and acoustics of a Baroque court opera house quite as authentically as this one: The Margravial Opera House has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2012.

A Baroque artwork

The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth was built between 1746 to 1750 by the leading theatre architect in Europe, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, and his son Carlo. In 2012, UNESCO made the opera house a world heritage site as the most significant and best-preserved example of a Baroque theatre.

The Margravine’s pet project

The Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg-Kulmbach wanted to turn Bayreuth into a brilliant cultural metropolis, and commissioned the building as part of her efforts. She was especially passionate about music.

On a level with Europe’s best

Lavish use of gold in the decoration defines the auditorium. In the center is the royal box. Where the building’s size and magnificence were concerned, the art-loving Wilhemine looked to the great European festival theatres of her era in Vienna, Dresden, Paris and Venice as models.

Baroque music and theatre

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The Margravial Opera House; Thomas Connors; NUVO

Germany – Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

Compared to Berlin or Munich, the German town of Bayreuth is pretty sleepy. That is, until the curtain rises on the annual Wagner festival. But while that event—and the opera house King Ludwig II helped fund for the maestro—is what put this Bavarian town on the map, Bayreuth has other charms, thanks to its 18th-century royals, Margravine Wilhelmine and her husband, Frederick. Wilhelmine was determined to give it a Versailles-like glamour, with gardens, palaces, and a jewel of an opera house. With its sandstone façade and an interior constructed of wood, the Margravial Opera House is a remarkable expression of baroque theatre design. After a multiyear restoration, the UNESCO World Heritage site reopens with a performance on April 12 of this year and will fully open to the public five days later.

The opera house is situated in the centre of town and has a neoclassical façade that complements the other handsome buildings on its street. The structure seems almost domestic in scale and, stepping inside, you don’t see a soaring vault or sweeping staircase, but instead a low, unadorned vestibule.

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Margravial Opera House Bayreuth to reopen; Deutsche Welle

Germany – Margravial Opera House Bayreuth

On April 12 the Opera House will be reopened after a lengthy renovation. Built by famous theatre architect Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, it is one of the most spectacular buildings of European Baroque festive architecture.

The opera “Artaserse” by Johann Adolph Hasses will be performed for the reopening ceremony on April 12, 2018, following the first opening in 1748.

In addition, the Bayreuth Residence Days from April 17 to 29 will take visitors back to the heyday of baroque music theater. You can take a look behind the scenes under the motto “curtain up.”

The opera house is a wooden log theater with a painted canvas. Because of of its stuccoed, carved and painted decoration it is considered to be unique in the world. At that time, the building was only comparable in size and splendor to houses in Vienna, Dresden, Paris or Venice. Acoustics can also be experienced in the opera house as it was 270 years ago.

“With the reopening of the Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth will once again become an attraction for culture and architecture lovers from all over the world,” explained Manuel Becher, Managing Director of Bayreuth Marketing & Tourismus GmbH.

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