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Cuvilliés Theater

Francois Cuvilliés

alias Altes Residenztheater, Opernhaus
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Important events

(detail)1657 | construction
The first theatre at the Salvatorplatz named Opernhaus was erected.
(detail)50. 's 18. century | construction
Built 1751-1755 for Kurfürst Max III. Joseph von Bayern by François Cuvilliés.
(detail)12.10.1753 | opening
Opened on 12th October of 1753 with Ferrandini's "Catone in Utica".
(detail)1944 | destroyed
Originally the theatre was located where the present (New) Residence Theatre stands; after its destruction in World War II, the theatre was rebuilt in a wing of the Residence.
(detail)50. 's 20. century | reconstruction
Auditorium was renovated in 1856-1857 and moved in 1956-1958 to an other place in the Residentzplatz and re-opened in 1958 with a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.


(detail)Francois Cuvilliés |main architect

Few architectural careers can have followed a stranger course than that of Cuvillies. Born in Flanders in 1695, he had come to Bavaria as a professional dwarf, then trained as an engineer, and had then been sent to Paris to study architecture under Jean Francois Blondel. He returned to Munich as the ambassador of a new style, uniting in a seemingly effortless way the energy and richness of the Germans with French daintiness and discipline. He remained essentially a decorator, unable to challenge his German contemporaries (Neumann, Fischer, Zimmermann) in pure architectural virtuosity, the moulding and mani¬pulation of space.


IN: Tidworth, Simon : Theatres: An Illustrated History. London 1973 p. 90

Lorenzo Quaglio |architect




Additional information

The image on top of the page (next to the address) does not show the entrance to the Cuveilles-Theater, but the post-war "[Neues] Residenztheater" that was built were the Cuveilles-Theater was located before the war.

AndreasP - 23.05. 2022

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