Munich - Munich Cuvilliés-Theater

What is now called the Cuvilliés-Theater, 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 Residenz. 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. Its place on the site between the Königsbau of the Residenz and the Nationaltheater on Max-Joseph-Platz was taken by the Neues Residenz-Theater, erected from 1945 to 1951.



Picture: Proscenium box

Proscenium box, detail

The painted wood carvings and other tier fittings of the Cuvilliés-Theater 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 Apothekenhof (Apothecary Court) in the Residenz. The Cuvilliés-Theater – also known as the Altes Residenz-Theater, to distinguish it from the new, post-war building – is now reached from the Brunnenhof (Fountain Court). 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-Theater not only a major work of Bavarian Rococo, but a Gesamtkunstwerk with few equals in Europe.

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Programme Cuvilliés-Theater | Nationaltheater | Prinzregententheater

Mignon (Thomas)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > April 01 | 03 | 05 | 07 | 09

La traviata (Verdi)

2019 > September 22 | 25 | 29 October 02 2020 > February 19 | 22 | 25 | 28

Salome [Strauss, R] (Strauss, R)

2019 > October 05 | 09 | 13

Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)

2019 > October 07 | 11 | 15

Karl V (Krenek)

2019 > October 16 | 19 | 21

Fidelio (Beethoven)

2019 > October 24 | 27 | 30 November 02

Tosca (Puccini)

2019 > October 28 | 31 November 03 2020 > February 15 | 17 | 20 | 23

Rigoletto (Verdi)

2019 > November 07 | 10 | 13

Wozzeck (Berg)

2019 > November 17 | 20 | 23 | 25

Die tote Stadt (Korngold)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > November 18 | 22 | 26 December 01 | 06 | 11

Lohengrin (Wagner)

2019 > November 21 | 24 | 30

Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)

2019 > December 07 | 08 | 08m | 14 | 14m

La bohème (Puccini)

2019 > December 18 | 22 | 27 2020 > January 01m | 21

The Snow Queen (Valtinoni)

NEW PRODUCTION
2019 > December 21 | 26 | 28 | 30 2020 > January 04 | 06

Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)

2019 > December 31 2020 > January 03 | 05 | 07 | 11

The Bartered Bride (Smetana)

2020 > January 10 | 12 | 15 | 18

Carmen (Bizet)

2020 > January 17 | 20 | 24 | 26

Turandot (Puccini)

2020 > January 28 | 31 February 03

Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)

2020 > January 30 February 02 | 06 | 08

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Bartók)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > February 01 | 04 | 07 | 09 | 13 | 16

La Cenerentola (Rossini)

2020 > February 29 March 04 | 06 | 09

Il trovatore (Verdi)

2020 > March 07 | 12 | 15

I masnadieri (Verdi)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > March 08 | 11 | 14 | 18 | 22 | 26 | 29

Boris Godunov (Musorgsky)

2020 > March 20 | 23 | 27

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)

2020 > March 28 | 31 April 03

7 Deaths of Maria Callas (Abramović)

NEW PRODUCTION
2020 > April 11 | 13 | 14

Parsifal (Wagner)

2020 > April 12 | 16 | 19

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)

2020 > April 15 | 18 | 21 | 24m

Die schweigsame Frau (Strauss, R)

2020 > April 20 | 24 | 28

Don Giovanni (Mozart)

2020 > April 29 May 02 | 05

Don Carlo [Italian] (Verdi)

2020 > April 30 May 03 | 06 | 10

L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)

2020 > May 08 | 12 | 15

La fanciulla del West (Puccini)

2020 > May 09 | 13 | 16 | 19

Guillaume Tell (Rossini)

2020 > May 17 | 21 | 24

Alceste (Gluck)

2020 > June 01 | 04 | 07 | 10

Così fan tutte (Mozart)

2020 > June 13 | 15 | 18 | 21

Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner)

2020 > June 17 | 20 | 23
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