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Groser Redoutensaal

Giovanni Battista Carlone

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(detail)1630 | opening

(detail)1651 | alteration
Altered by Giovanni Burnacini.
(detail)1659 | alteration
Rebuilt by Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini.
(detail)19.7.1699 | fire

(detail)1705 | opening
Rebuilt as an opera house by Francesco Galli-Bibiena.
(detail)40. 's 18. century | construction
Built 1744-1748 by Antonio Galli-Bibiena to the design by Jean Nicolas Jadot de Ville-Issy. The former theatre was conerted into concert and ball halls, named "Großer Redoutensaal" and "Kleiner Redoutensaal".
(detail)1748 | opening

(detail)1760 | alteration
Rebuilt by Nikolaus Pacassi between 1759-1760.
(detail)1772 | alteration
Rebuilt by Nikolaus Pacassi between 1769-1772.
(detail)1788 | alteration
Installation of a gallery tier.
(detail)1921 | alteration
Installation of a theatre ("Theater im Redoutensaal").
(detail)1973 | alteration
Converted into a congress centre.
(detail)26.11.1992 | fire

(detail)90. 's 20. century | alteration
Rebuilt to the original designs by Manfred Wehdorn between 1992-1997.


(detail)Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini |architect
Italian architect and stage designer, active in Austria. He went to Vienna in 1651 as the apprentice of his father, Giovanni Burnacini (d 1655), the Venetian theatre architect who introduced to Vienna the system of stage design developed by Giovanni Battista Aleotti and who produced stage sets in the Florentine-Venetian style of Giulio and Alfonso Parigi and Giacomo Torelli. Lodovico Burnacini was his father's assistant until the latter's death and succeeded him in the office of theatre architect and imperial court engineer to Emperor Leopold I. Although he participated in the construction of various imperial castles in the vicinity of Vienna, Burnacini was mainly engaged in theatre design, developing his father's style of stage settings and becoming the founder of the Viennese style, which had considerable influence on German theatre. Designs for 115 compositions and plays have survived, and many of Burnacini's designs were reproduced as engravings in luxury editions of the libretti. Holograph drawings are preserved (Vienna, ?sterreich. Nbib.). They include religious themes, physiognomic sketches, figurines and grotesques as well as narrative illustrations. Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/lodovico-ottavio-burnacini-1#ixzz2emmYCmsTMore theatres

Manfred Wehdorn |architect


Giovanni Batista Carione constructed this room, called Newe Saal oder Danz Plaz zu Hoff, along with a smaller hall in 1629-30. It was renovated several times (e.g. by Francesco Galli Bibiena in 1698) and after 1720 was called Grosses Hoftheater. The large hall (51.3 x 19m.) was used for opera performances until 1744. In 1747 Antonio Calli-Bibiena converted it into a ballroom (called the Redoutensaal). The large room (now called Grosser Redoutensaat) seats about 1500 (with a reverberation of 1.4 seconds). Until 1870 this was the largest concert hall in Vienna. The small room (now called Kleiner Redoutensaal) seats about 400.


In: Harer, Ingeborg (1995) "Musical Venues in Vienna, Seventeenth Century to the Present,"Performance Practice Review: Vol. 8: No. 1, Article 8.



Author: Ingeborg Harer

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