Richard Wagner Festival Theatre
The Richard Wagner Festival Theatre in Bayreuth is one of Germany's most famous opera houses. Only 30 performances are staged here each year, during the Wagner Festival in high summer. The festival theatre stands on the Green Hill and opened in 1876. In keeping with Richard Wagner's ideas, its architecture combines classical Greek and medieval German elements.
Bavarian State Opera, Munich
In 1818 Munich finally gained an 'opera house for all' in the form of the Royal and National Theatre at Max-Joseph-Platz. By 1825, however, Klenze's neo-classical structure had to be rebuilt because of a fire, this time with a pillared portico. Since 1875 it has been the venue for the Munich Opera Festival. The National Theatre is home to Bavaria's state orchestra, state opera and state ballet. At 2,500 square metres, this is the third-largest opera stage in the world.