Posted by: danielfee | April 10, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 04-10-2012

Burgtheater - Vienna, Austria

The Burgtheater, originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, is the Austrian National Theatre located in Vienna. Its theatre company of more or less regular members has created a traditional style and speech typical of Burgtheater performances. The theatre opened on 14 March 1741 and was the creation of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria who wanted a theatre next to her palace. Three Mozart operas premiered at the theatre: The Abduction from the Seraglio (1782), The Marriage of Figaro  (1786) and Thus Do They All, or The School For Lovers (1790). Beginning in 1794, the theatre was called the “K.K. Hoftheater nächst der Burg”. Beethoven’s 1st Symphony premiered there on 2 April 1800. In March 1945 the Burgtheater was largely destroyed in a bombing raid, and one month later it was further damaged by a fire of unknown origin. After the war, the theatre was restored between 1953 and 1955.

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