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Margravial Opera House

Margravial Opera House
Interior of the Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth

The Markgräfliches Opernhaus (Margrave's Opera House, or Margravial Opera House) is a Baroque opera house in the town of Bayreuth in Germany. It is one of Europe's few surviving theatres of the period and has been extensively restored. It was built between 1744 and 1748 by Joseph Saint-Pierre; the interior was designed by Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and his son Carlo of Bologna in the late Baroque style. Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, wife of the Margrave Frederick, participated here as writer, player, composer, actor and director. Today she features in a sound-and-light presentation for tourists. The stage's great depth (27 metres) attracted Richard Wagner, who later had his Bayreuth Festspielhaus built north of the town.

Each September since the year 2000, the theatre has hosted the Bayreuther Baroque festival, with performances of early operatic rarities.

Hours: open daily April - September 9am - 6pm. October - March 10am - 4pm. Closed during the day of evening performances.

Admission: Adults 5 €, Groups and Students 4 €, under 18 years free.

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Bayreuth is a city in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river in a valley between the Frankish Alb and the Fichtelgebirge. It is the capital of Upper Franconia and has a population of 73,048 citizens (2008).

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