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Ferdinand Fellner, Hermann Helmer

alias Stadttheater (1872–1884), Etablissement Ronacher
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(detail)15.9.1872 | opening
Built to the design by Ferdinand Fellner Sr. and Ferdinand Fellner Jr. Opened with a "Demetrius" by Friedrich Schiller.
(detail)16.5.1884 | fire

(detail)21.4.1888 | opening
Built to the design by Ferdinand Fellner. Opened with a ceremony for the benefit of the Wiener Freiwilligen Rettungsgesellschaft.


(detail)Hermann Helmer |main architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres

(detail)Eduard Felix Veith |painter

He belongs among representatives of Realism of the end of 19th century. It is possible to find his frescoes or paintings in Bucharest, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, but in Ostrava, Prague, Łańcut, Brno and Nový Jičín as well. He created a painted curtain and eight ceiling paintings in Prague German Theatre (today’s State opera). He also participated on interior decoration of theatres in Ostrava, Brno, Berlin, Vienna or Prague Rudolfinum.

In: http://www.amaterskedivadlo.cz/main.php?data=opona&id=151

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Hans Makart |painter


The building was opened in 1872 as Stadttheater, which burned down 1884. For Stadttheater see separated entry.



– Hans-Christoph Hoffmann, Die Theaterbauten von Fellner und Helmer, München 1966, p. 117, fig. 218–225

– Lutz Eberhard Seelig, Ronacher: Die Geschichte eines Hauses, Wien 1986

– Gerhard Eberstaller, Ronacher: Ein Theater in seiner Zeit, Wien 1993

– Gerhard M. Dienes (ed.), Fellner & Hellmer: Die Architekten der Illusion. Theaterbau und Bühnenbild in Europa, Graz 1999, pp. 201–203

– Carsten Jung, Historische Theater in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Berlin–München 2010, p. 118



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