It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air today, also here on Spectacle. While lots of couples gift each other flowers and candy, history has examples of other couples building architectural masterpieces for each other. I'm looking at you, Taj Mahal!
But there is another gem that has received lots of attention, love and underwent restoration in recent years.
The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany was built between 1744-1748 and it was inaugerated on the occasion of a marriage in royal circles. Now, that is a wedding present lots of opera lovers would be happy to receive.
It looks like a painting and there is so much to see. From the ceiling to the balconies and to the stage.
For the past six years the Margravial Opera House had to undergo structural conservation and restoration. Damage to the building’s valuable substance, as well as obsolete technology made careful conservation and work urgently necessary. This gorgeous baroque opera house has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2012. It will reopen for the public in April 2018 and with this gem, Bayreuth will be another reason to come by. The other one being the world-famous Wagner Festspiele on the green hill in Bayreuth.
The opera house is one of the only places in the world where you can experience opera the way they did in the 1700s. The first opera that will be performed here is called Artaserse by Johann Adolph Hasse, which is also the opera that was performed in 1748 during the inaugeration. Talking about coming full circle!
If you are not familiar with Artaserse, don't sweat. I must admit I haven't seen this opera on any plan for several years. Artaserse has the reputation of being a castrato fest! As a matter of fact, the most famous castrato of them all, Farinelli, sang in its world premiere.
Here is the plot in a nutshell - Artaserse, king of Persia, must bring his father's murderer – in reality Artabano – to justice. But the main suspect is Arbace, Artaserse's closest friend and lover of his sister, Mandane.
Tickets are on sale now. Get them, while you can on their website.
We predict you will see lots more of this beautiful opera house once it opens its doors again. Do take the chance to see it for yourself. It sure will be worth your time!
Here are the hard facts about this gem.
April - September: Daily, 9am-6pm
October - March: Daily, 10am-4pm
Find it here:
Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth
For more information and also for tickets go to the WEBSITE.