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Munich and the classical music
Built between 1811 and 1819, the Nationaltheater which seats 2,101 is one of the largest theatres in Germany. Destroyed by fire in 1823, it was rebuilt between 1957 and 1963. Neoclassical in style, it is considered one of the finest in Europe.
During the opera season that takes place between mid-September and the end of July, over 40 productions are put on at the Nationaltheater and at the Prinzregententheater. Whether they are ballets, concerts or recitals, the emphasis is on the operatic works of composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi or Richard Strauss. However, in recent years the Bayerische Staatsoper has diversified into offering Baroque operas, staging works by Monteverdi and Handel and performing some contemporary pieces.
The Philharmonie at the Gasteig was opened on 10 November 1985 by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra led by its conductor Sergiu Celibidache. With this the Bavarian capital, forty years after the destruction of the Tonhalle, once again had a major concert hall and the Philharmonic Orchestra a new “roof over its head”. With seating for 2400, the Philharmonie is part of the Gasteig culture centre, inspired by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Barbican in London. In addition to the Philharmonie, the centre has the 600-seater Carl Orff Hall for concerts, conferences, theatre productions and films. The Gasteig was built to plans by the Raue, Rollenhagen, Lindemann and Grossmann group of architects. It took seven years to build.
Built between the 19th and 20th centuries, it was originally intended for the performance of Wagner’s operas. Designed on the model of the Bayreuther Festspielhaus, the architecture of the Prinzregententheater is typical of the 1900s. After the war and the resulting damage suffered by the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Prinzregententheater was used as a substitute concert hall. It is today used more particularly for the performance of Baroque operas.
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
This theatre has changed its name many times: “Popular theatre for the shareholders of Munich” in 1865, “Royal Popular Theatre” in 1870, “Gärtnerplatz Royal Theatre” in 1873, “Bavarian State Operetta” in 1937. It was inaugurated with Holiday and What We Want by M. Schmidt, the establishment’s first director who, keen to devote himself to the popular repertoire, quickly went bankrupt. King Ludwig II of Bavaria bought the premises and introduced the operettas of J. Strauss and Karl Millöcker and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Today, with its classical architecture, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz stands in the heart of one of the city’s more working-class districts, and a vast repertoire from Mozart to Wilfried is performed along with contemporary pieces.
Founded in 1893, it was originally named after its founder: Franz Kaim. In 1908, it became the Konzertvereins Orchester. The famous Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, presents an interesting and highly diverse programme. Among its musicians it numbers some of the most gifted and famous in the world. Thanks to subsidies from Bavaria, ticket prices are still modest, guaranteeing access to everyone.