Today in History / On This Day - October 12th. 1818 - Opening of the National Theatre in Munich, Germany

On October 12th. 1818 the opening of the National Theatre  in Munich
(in German: Nationaltheater München) took place.

München Munich National Theatre
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The first theatre was ordered by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria.
He knew that the nearby Cuvilliés Theatre was too small.
The new theatre was designed by Karl von Fischer.

Munich München Germany King Bavaria






Statue of King Maximilian I Joseph
of Bavaria
in front of 'his' National Theatre 
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The construction works began on October 26th. 1811, however they were
interrupted in 1813 due to financial problems.

Finally the new theatre opened on October 12th. 1818 with a performance of
Die Weihe made by Ferdinand Fränzl.

old postcard - source picture: wikipedia


However on January 14th. 1823 the National Theatre was hit by a fire.
Architect Leo von Klenze incorporated the Neo-Grec style which was then
fashionable.

In 1943 this National Theatre was hit in an air raid during World War II.
It finally was restored in 1963.

Many German composers have played their music in this magnificent 
building, inter alia: Wagner, Strauss ....

Nowadays it is the home for the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian
State Ballet. 

I visited Munich and this National Theatre in 2014. It really is a large,
amazing building, which impressed me a lot. 

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