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a conversation at the opera

By bliba  
Vienna Opera House

Already the opening of the opera house in May 1869 was done by the very famous empress Elisabeth and emperor Franz Joseph. At that evening the premier of -Don Juan- composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was performed. The both responsible architects, August von Sicardsburg and Eduard von der Nüll, were no more alive at this time. Just around one year before Sicardsburg died because of a stroke and after wards Eduard Nüll, who was responsible for the interior design, committed suicide.

The opera house had great successes under the leading of the director Gustav Mahler. Unfortunately this was followed by a bad period during the World War II. The Nazi regime prohibited several performances, ensemble members were chased away or sometimes murdered. A bomb hit damaged the building heavily in 1945 and the reconstruction took 10 years. At the graceful new opening Beethovens -Fidelio- was performed.

stay well

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Tags: Architecture Low light Vienna Vienna Opera House

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Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
19 Nov 2020 5:20PM
Looks great Oliver!
And a exciting story too.

Arne Smile
19 Nov 2020 5:34PM
An impressive auditorium, very well captured, Oliver.
An informative and very interesting narrative.

mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
19 Nov 2020 5:40PM
Now that is carrying the two metres apart rule to extremes! Excellent notes on its history, and looks a great place to listen to a rousing opera. Closed just now under lockdown?
Minty805 Plus
5 43 9 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2020 6:01PM
What a magnificent building, and it would be a real treat to be able to go there and enjoy some fine music.
19 Nov 2020 6:53PM
They left a wonderful legacy in their wake which your excellent image demonstrates, Oliver.SmileSmile
19 Nov 2020 6:54PM
I could sit in there and listen to Beethoven forever ....throw in some Mozart for the icing on the cake. A storied past ...full of intrigue . Thanks for sharing this Ollie,
Cheers Walt
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
19 Nov 2020 8:03PM
They don't design interiors like this any more - a classic interior for classic operas...
19 Nov 2020 8:43PM
Excellent tones and very impressive write up.

Lory Smile
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
19 Nov 2020 9:30PM
This is so beautifully decorated-- perfect for the music genre!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2020 10:28PM
Impressive Opera House !! Hope it was a good show...All the Theatres in London are shut at present...
Isabel GrinGrin
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2020 8:04AM
Interesting image and information, Oliver.
20 Nov 2020 9:20AM
Beautiful architectural image , Oliver.

20 Nov 2020 9:38AM
interesting info and an excellent shot of this world famous opera house
meanwhile the Bolshoi in Moscow restricts attendance to 25% based on the total percentage of the seat capacity.. also, all tickets, which were purchased before 16 November are declared not valid and are entitled for refund...
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
20 Nov 2020 11:11AM
An interesting story, Ollie, and an impressive looking Opera House. Let's hope such buildings are opened again soon and filled with people 👍
Trev 😀
20 Nov 2020 12:11PM
Very good image and great story, Ollie.


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