by Antonio Gil February. 06, 2021 387 views

What is now called the Cuvilliés Theatre, after its architect, François Cuvilliés the Elder, consists of the auditorium of a theatre that Elector Maximilian Joseph III built in 1751-55 as his "new opera house". Originally reserved exclusively for members of court, the theatre lay in close proximity to the Residence. Many lavish opera productions were mounted here, including the first performances of Mozart's Idomeneo, in 1781.

The building housing the theatre was destroyed on 18 March 1944.

The painted wood carvings and other tier fittings of the Cuvilliés Theatre had been removed to safety in 1943 and they are all that survive of the original theatre. In 1956 they were presented to the Bavarian Administration of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes, which restored them over the next two years and reassembled them in a new building near the Apothecary Court in the Residence.

Nothing remains of the ceiling painting by Johann Baptist Zimmermann that originally graced the auditorium, but the elaborate carved decoration of the tiers, with its figures, floral ornament and patterning, makes the Cuvilliés Theatre not only a major work of Bavarian Rococo, but a Gesamtkunstwerk with few equals in Europe.

♫♫ The Cuvilliés Theater: Europe's finest surviving Rococo theatre ♫♫

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Russell Smith 4 months ago

Such a stunning building. It is amazing the details they put into buildings back then.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 4 months ago

I so agree with you. Everyone wanted to show they were better than the other.

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Colin Massey 4 months ago

So much gold,  stunning

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Antonio Gil Replied to Colin Massey 4 months ago

Indeed. Times of opulence.

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Camellia Staab 4 months ago

So I studied #1 because there was so much to taken in . Then I studied #2 for the same reason. And my finale comment...Awesome!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months ago

The folded curtain framing the stage is made of stone. Amazing craftsmanship. You're too kind in your evaluation dear friend. 😊

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Berckmans Peter 4 months ago


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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months ago

Too dark inside to take good pictures

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months ago

A common problem

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Jay Boggess 4 months ago

WOW! Amazing theatre! 
The decorations are out of this world! 
You have composed & exposed this remarkable place with such photographic expertise! 
Good accompanying video, as well!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months ago

Always kind dear friend. Thank you so much Jay. Have a great Sunday

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months ago

You all never disappoint & always delight with your exceptional postings!+1smile+1

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José Manuel 4 months ago

nice shots

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 4 months ago

Só gosto do 1º 😊

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