Salzburg State Theatre

While Salzburg is full of impressive and significant places to visit, like the fortress, the cathedral quarter, the festival halls and the two Mozart houses, I must admit that my favorite place in this town is the Landestheater (State Theatre), an outwardly inconspicuous building on Makartplatz that you might not even notice if you don’t know what it is. In May 2016 I saw two operas and a musical at the Landestheater and was highly pleased with all of them, even the musical, though that is not a genre that usually turns me on, particularly.

The Salzburg State Theatre seats 707 spectators.

Like nearly fifty other theaters that were built in Europe between the 1870s and the First World War, this one was the work of the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. (They also built the State Opera in Prague, for example.) 

Control board

The control board for the stage lights is at the back of the orchestra level, aka ‘the stalls’.

Separate staircases

Like most of the older opera houses in this part of the world, the Salzburg State Theatre has separate staircases going up to the expensive box seats (staircase on the right, with the red carpet) and to the inexpensive balcony seats (staircase on the left, with no carpet). 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.

Opera poster

This poster at the trolleybus stop outside the theatre lists the operas (and musicals) that were performed at the State Theatre in 2015/2016. I was fortunate enough to see three of these when I was in Salzburg in May 2016. The two singers on the poster are the Romanian soprano Laura Nicorescu und the Swedish tenor Kristofer Lundin in the Salzburg production of Mozart’s Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte).

Next: Rossini in Salzburg.
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2 thoughts on “Salzburg State Theatre”

  1. I only know of Pianoforte from the films, “Sense & Sensibility” and “Amadeus. Still I didn’t realize that it had become obsolete. Always learning from your pages Don!!

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