In the 18th century an opera house as large and magnificent as the most famous houses of its day was built in the small residential town of Bayreuth. Primarily initiated by Margravine Wilhelmine, this new construction was begun in 1744 from plans by Joseph St Pierre and completed in only four years. The façade is modelled on the architectural style of upper Italy and sets the opera house apart from the adjacent houses.
The interior was designed by Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, probably the most famous theatre architect of the time. Inside, the theatre is dominated by the court loge, which indicates through its design that the presence of the margravial couple was as important as the theatre performance itself. Glorification of the ruler was however also the function of the other features of the interior decoration, such as the Fama figures hovering above the proscenium arch with the margravial coat of arms. Preserved in its entirety, this interior is full of vitality. In the absolutist society of the 18th century, the court opera house and festival hall was the most important representative platform next to the palace and the church, and here it has been developed as such to a unusually high degree of perfection.
The Margravial Opera House was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2012.
»The world of Wilhelmine«
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The Bavarian Palace Department is currently comprehensively restoring the Margravial Opera House. Therefore the Opera House is closed at the moment. The festive reopening will take place on 12 April 2018.
The Margravial Opera House will be open again to the public from 17 April 2018.
There will be no guided tours of the opera house but multimedia shows at fixed times (every 45 minutes). Visitors will be able to look round the opera house on their own afterwards until the next show.
9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily; the opera house may be closed temporarily due to event rehearsals.
Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31
8 euros regular
7 euros reduced
(Margravial Opera House/ New Palace)
12 euros regular
10 euros reduced
Accessible for wheelchair users; municipal parking spaces for the disabled: Wölfelstraße, Münzgasse
Bus to "Luitpoldplatz"
Parking facilities in the centre of Bayreuth can be found at www.bayreuth.de.
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