Festival complex (Festspielhaus) description and photos - Austria: Salzburg (city). Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Festspielhaus.
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The festival complex of the city of Salzburg is located at the foot of the Monchsberg mountain, at a distance of 400 meters from the historic city center and the cathedral.
At the beginning of the 17th century on this site the Palace stables were built, and a little later - the building of the Riding School. In 1917, it was decided to hold theater and opera festivals in Salzburg, so these buildings were rebuilt by the architect Clemens Golzmeister, and the artist Oskar Kokoschka helped him.
The construction itself took only 4 years, and the new festival complex was inaugurated in 1960, and at the ceremony the comic opera-buff "Der Rosenkavalier", written by Richard Strauss at the beginning of the 20th century, was performed. The exterior of this new theater retains many of the old facade details of the former stables, as well as the western portal of the Riding School building. The facade itself is decorated with graceful columns and a small balcony on the upper tier of the building. Also worth noting are five massive bronze entrance doors, above which the Latin dictum about the connection between the theater and Divine Providence has been preserved.
The festival complex is partially cut into the rock, which frees up more space for the audience. For example, the auditorium of the Bolshoi Theater is designed for 2,100 spectators. It hosts not only stage performances, including opera performances, but also symphony concerts, including those performed on the piano, however, the acoustics in the hall allows you to arrange vocal numbers as well.
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