HOFBURGTHEATER by Lee d'Entremont

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The Burgtheater – (Imperial) Court Theatre), originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, then until 1918 as the K.K. Hofburgtheater, is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. The Burgtheater was created in 1741 and has become known as “die Burg” by the Viennese population; its theater company of more or less regular members has created a traditional style and speech typical of Burgtheater performances.

It was created on 14 March 1741 by Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa of Austria to be a theatre next to her palace, and her son, Emperor Joseph II called it the “German National Theatre” in 1776. Three Mozart operas premiered there: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782), Le nozze di Figaro (1786) and Così fan tutte (1790). Beginning in 1794, the theatre was called the “K.K. Hoftheater nächst der Burg”. Beethoven’s 1st Symphony premiered there on April 2, 1800.

The theatre was moved to a new building at the Ringstraße on 14 October 1888 designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.

In 1943, under Nazi rule, a notoriously extreme production of The Merchant of Venice was staged at the Burgtheater – with Werner Krauss as Shylock, one of several theater and film roles by this actor pandering to antisemitic stereotypes.

On March 12, 1945 the Burgtheater was largely destroyed in a bombing raid, and, one month later, on April 12, 1945, the Burgtheater was further damaged by a fire of unknown origin.After the war, the theatre was restored between 1953-1955.The classic Burgtheater style and the Burgtheater-German language were trend-setting for German language theaters.

Vienna, Austria

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  • Maria1606
    Maria1606over 3 years ago

    Wonderful! You`ve captured it very well!!

  • Thank You So Much Maria!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    I remember that Theater from my visits there. Very well taken Lee, it’s so impressive.

  • Thank You David! :)

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    GREAT building and Historic info!! ;-))

  • Thank You Stephanie! I Love all the Majestic old buildings in Vienna.

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Very nice creation

  • :) Thank You John!!!
    I’ve learned so much from RB and I can’t wait to retake pictures of all my favorite places.
    Bigger & Better!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Lanis Rossi
    Lanis Rossiover 3 years ago

    Great Capture!

  • Muchas Gracias Amigo!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “Everything Old is New Again!”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank You So Much Graham & To The Group “Everything Old is New Again!”

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured Lee and love the architecture.

  • Thank You So Very Much Ralph!!!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Chris Chalk
    Chris Chalkalmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully photographed Lee. Lovely architecture!…………..Chris.

  • Thank You So Much Chris & for the Fave!

    – Lee d'Entremont

  • Nick Boren
    Nick Borenalmost 2 years ago

    Wow… this is an amazing building and you photographed it nicely too.. :-)

  • Thank You So Much Nick & for the Fave! The buildinds in Vienna are truly Amazing!

    – Lee d'Entremont

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