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  • 1. State Opera in Stuttgart - Stuttgart
      1. State Opera in Stuttgart
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  • 2. Constellations on the ceiling - Stuttgart
      2. Constellations on the ceiling
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  • 3. View from the upper balcony - Stuttgart
      3. View from the upper balcony
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  • 4. Staircase to third balcony - Stuttgart
      4. Staircase to third balcony
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The Stuttgart Opera House was built from 1909 to 1912 as part of the Royal Court Theater (Königliches Hoftheater).

Unlike many of the nearby buildings, the Opera House was not seriously damaged during the Second World War, but it lost some of its character when it was „modernized“ in 1956 and 1970.

In 1982 the original blueprints and plans were rediscovered, and in 1983/84 the building was fully restored to its original form. There are seats for 1,399 people, slightly more than in the new opera house in Frankfurt.

Second photo: On the ceiling of the Stuttgart Opera House there is a large circular painting showing various constellations of the northern sky. It is the work of a painter named Julius Mössel (1871-1957).

Third photo: If you don't mind sitting up in the third balcony ("3. Rang") of the opera house, you can not only save a lot of money -- some seats cost as little as 8 euros -- you can also step outside onto the roof during the intermission to get some fresh air and have some nice views of the park and the rest of the city of Stuttgart.

Fourth photo: Like most of the older opera houses in this part of the world, the Stuttgart Opera has separate staircases going up to the second and third balconies on the left and right sides of the building. The idea of this was that the elegant spectators at the lower levels should be spared the indignity of having to mingle with the less elegant spectators from the cheaper levels upstairs. The staircases going up to the third balcony (“III. Rang”) are narrow, dimly lit, not carpeted and not decorated. They just serve the purpose of getting the not-so-well-off people up to their cheap seats without letting them go through the more posh areas down below.

For more photos, please have a look at my travelogue "The Opera House in Stuttgart".

Address: Oberer Schlossgarten 6
Directions: 48°46'46.72" North; 9°11'2.32" East
Phone: 0711/ 20 32-0

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