Strasbourg Opera House

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Strasbourg Opera House
Opéra de Strasbourg
Strasbourg Opéra 01.JPG
Façade in June 2014
Strasbourg Opera House is located in Strasbourg
Strasbourg Opera House
Location in Strasbourg
Former namesGerman: Strassburger Stadttheater (1871–1918)
Alternative namesThéâtre municipal (before 1871)
General information
TypeOpera house
Architectural styleFrench Neoclassicism
LocationStrasbourg, France
Coordinates48°35′09.31″N 7°45′08.54″E / 48.5859194°N 7.7523722°E / 48.5859194; 7.7523722Coordinates: 48°35′09.31″N 7°45′08.54″E / 48.5859194°N 7.7523722°E / 48.5859194; 7.7523722
Completed1821; 1888
Design and construction
ArchitectJean-Nicolas Villot, Jean Geoffroy Conrath [fr], Johann-Karl Ott

The Strasbourg Opera House (French: Opéra de Strasbourg), located on Place Broglie on the Grande Île in the city center of Strasbourg, in the French department of the Bas-Rhin, is the main seat and mother house of the opera company Opéra national du Rhin. It has been classified as a Monument historique since 1921.[1]

History[edit]

After a fire in 1800 that destroyed a previous opera house, also located on Place Broglie, the Strasbourg municipality set up plans for a new one in 1804; as the Napoleonic Empire came and went, the plans for the théâtre municipal were altered several times, until the building, designed in the Neoclassical style by architect Jean-Nicolas Villot (1782–1857) finally opened to great acclaim in 1821. The monumental façade is adorned by sandstone statues of six muses by Landolin Ohmacht (three muses were left out: Clio, Thalia and Urania),[2] each statue corresponding to a column below.

During the Siege of Strasbourg in 1870, the opera was heavily damaged by Prussian artillery, it was faithfully rebuilt by the architect Jean Geoffroy Conrath [fr], who also rebuilt the Hôtel de Klinglin nearby, and reopened in 1873. In 1888, a semi-circular wing was added at the rear by Johann-Karl Ott (1846–1917).

The auditorium has 1,142 seats and a height of 18 metres (59 feet) from the floor to the ceiling,[3] it has seen performances being conducted by Hans Pfitzner, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer and George Szell.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Recht, Roland; Foessel, Georges; Klein, Jean-Pierre: Connaître Strasbourg, 1988, ISBN 2-7032-0185-0, page 228

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Théâtre municipal, actuellement Opéra du Rhin". culture.gouv.fr. French Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Péristyle après rénovation". archi-wiki.org. Retrieved 2 November 2015. Cite web requires |website= (help)
  3. ^ "L'Opéra-Théâtre de Strasbourg - Opéra national du Rhin" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2015. Cite web requires |website= (help)

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