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Margravial Opera House – Bayreuth

Picture: Margravial Opera House, view of the stage

The Margravial Opera House is the best preserved example of a free-standing Baroque court theatre. It was modelled on the greatest opera houses of the time in Vienna and Dresden. As a unique monument of 18th-century festival and music culture it was inscribed by UNESCO in the list of World Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

The driving force behind this exceptional project was Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1709-1758), who was herself an avid music and theatre lover. The theatre was built for the lavish festivities surrounding the wedding of the Bayreuth princess Elisabeth Friederike Sophie and Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg in September 1748.

The architect appointed to design the new opera house was the leading theatre architect of the day, the Italian Giuseppe Galli Bibiena who had been working for the Viennese imperial court. His son Carlo Galli Bibiena was responsible for the project in Bayreuth and stayed on at the court until the death of the Margravine, creating numerous stage set designs and festival decorations for the Margravial Opera House.

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Court loge
photo: Achim Bunz, Munich

The Margravial Opera House is modelled on Italian loge theatres of the period. The fully preserved tiers of loges made primarily of wood and canvas are installed as a free-standing construction within the stone exterior. The interior of the theatre was constructed in record time with some of the wooden architectural elements and sculptures prefabricated and painted elsewhere. Thus a masterpiece of ephemeral festival architecture was completed from 1744 until 1748 in under four years.

The restoration that took place from 2013 to 2018 re-established the original light and airy atmosphere of the illusionist painting in the auditorium with its overwhelming three-dimensional effect.

The auditorium and stage form a single unit. The large stage portal framed by columns at the rear of the auditorium faces the court loge. The sculptures decorating the loge, like those above the stage, glorify the Hohenzollern dynasty and the founders of the theatre, Margrave Friedrich and Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.

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Opernstraße 14
95444 Bayreuth
Telephone 0921 75969-22

Information for visitors/ COVID-19

The 3G rule applies for a visit to our houses if the 7-day incidence determined by the competent district administration authority is above 35.

Here you will find further information and FAQ.

For the visit of the Margravial Opera House an online reservation via our reservation website is possible but not required (maximum 7 days in advance; booking deadline for the next day is always at 5 pm).

Opening hours

April-September: 9 am-6 pm
(Admission times: 9 am, 9.45 am, 10.30 am [engl.], 11.15 am, noon, 12.45 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.15 pm, 3 pm, 3.45 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.15 pm)
Lecture in English: 10.30 am

October-March: 10 am-4 pm
(Admission times: 10 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am, 12.15 pm, 1 pm, 1.45 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.15 pm)

open daily

Information on visiting the Margravial Opera House

Please note that the opera house may be closed temporarily due to event rehearsals.
Current closing times

Closed on: January 1, Shrove Tuesday, December 24/25/31

General information on opening times and admission charges

Further information

Further information

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links …)

Information for visitors with reduced mobility:

Detailed information at www.bayreuth-wilhelmine.de



Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Luitpoldplatz"

Parking space:

Parking facilities in the centre of Bayreuth can be found at www.bayreuth.de.

Responsible administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
Telefon 0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15
sgvbayreuth@ bsv.bayern.de

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