Monday, November 23, 2009

Touring the Theater

We got to tour Theater an der Wien. And it was awesome!!!!
Theater an der Wien is the first theater in Vienna. Schikande, the libretist for The Magic Flute, ran the theater. It's very small compared to the Staatsoper, or even the Volksoper. But our guide told us that they used to seat around 2,000 people there in the 18th century. The stage was set for their current opera, Der Prinz von Hamburg. It's this crazy modern set, that's really cool. It's just a wooden box on stage. The way it's built gives it the perspective that it gets smaller toward the back of the set. It's all black. And during a scene change, the lights in the front of the stage would go so bright that you couldn't see the stage, and then when they would dim again, there would be different characters on stage.
We also got to go below stage, which is something people rarely see. We saw the huge revolving stage which Theater an der Wien is unique for. Because not only does the stage revolve, but it can go up and down at the same time. I really liked this theater.

We have spent some time in the Staatsoper before our tour because of all the operas we've gone to. But I think it was cool to see it without all the people around. It's very massive. And elegant. I think the opera house is one of the things I'll miss the most when I leave Vienna. It's just so classy.

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