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State Opera (Staatsoper), Vienna, Austria Photo
State Opera (Staatsoper), Vienna
SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons photo.

Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, dating from the mid-19th century, is a two-part building, where the narrower front part houses the auditorium and the publicly accessible rooms, while the back part is wider and houses the stage and the accompanying facilities.

Entering through one of the main doors into the box office foyer, which has remained in its original form, gives an immediate impression of the interior of the former opera house which was mostly destroyed on the 12th of March 1945 shortly before the end of hostilities in the Second World War. Remaining in its original form is the entire facade and main foyer, the central stairway (known as the ‘celebratory stairway’), the Schwindfoyer and loggia as well as the Tea Salon on the first floor.

The opera house was restored, with a reduced capacity of 2,100, including 567 standing room places, and reopend in 1955, with a performance of Fidelio, by Ludwig van Beethoven, conducted by Karl Bohm.


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