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Hermann Helmer, Ferdinand Fellner

alias Metropoltheater (1898 - 1934), Staatliches Operettentheater (1934 - 1945), Theater unter den Linden (1892 - 1898), Komische Oper
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Important events

(detail)24.9.1892 | opening
Built 1891-1892 by Ferdinand Fellner & Hermann Helmer. Auditorium sculptures by Theodor Friedl. Opened on 24 Sep 1892 with Adolf Ferron's operetta "Daphne" and Gaul and Haßreiter's ballet "Die Welt in Bild und Tanz".
(detail)1898 | alteration
First interior renovation. Reopened as a metropolitan theatre with "Paradise of Women" by Julius friend and music by Julius Einödshofer on 3rd July of 1898.
(detail)1928 | alteration
Alterations and technical modernization by Alfred Grenander.
(detail)1945 | fire
The stage area was damaged by bombs on 7 May of 1944. Subsequently provisional repair works. Façade, entrance hall, and auditorium ceiling painting destroyed by bombs on 9 March of 1945.
(detail)40. 's 20. century | reconstruction
Provisional reconstruction in 1945-1947. Re-opened 23 December 1947 as "Komische Oper" with "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauß.
(detail)60. 's 20. century | Reconstruction
Reconstructed in 1965-1967 under the direction of architect Kunz Nierade. Re-opened on 4 Dec 1966 with Mozart's "Don Giovanni". Seating capacity: 1210


(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

Alfred Grenander |architect
(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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(detail)Theodor Friedl |sculptor

Sculptor, author of original decoration in Prague State Opera.

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(detail)Ludwig/Leopold Kosig |sculptor

Among his works belong Apollo Cycle, stucco figuration  at the ceiling’s edge in the Graz Theatre auditorium.

In: LIST, R. Kunst und Künstler in der Steiermark. Ein Nachschlagwerk. OÖ. Landesverlag Ried im Innkreis 1967, s. 428.

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