The most prestigious architect duo of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, was commissioned with the planning of the opera house. It has a seating capacity of around 1200 – over 40 boxes and an opulent, neo-baroque design characterize the building.
The opera house was inaugurated on 16 September 1899 with Schiller’s “Wilhelm Tell“. On the following day, Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin“ was the first opera to be performed. In 1906, the Austrian premiere of “Salome“ took place in Oper Graz, conducted by the composer Richard Strauss.
Apart from during an extensive renovation from 1983 to 1985, in which the opera house was carefully adapted to modern developments in stage technology, performances have been given continuously to this day, and the opera house has become a centre for southern Austrian musical culture. Oper Graz was voted “Opera House of the Year 2001“, which may be considered an outward sign of international recognition.
When no performances or rehearsals are taking place, this beautiful building is also available for the most diverse events.
Foyer – for receptions, celebrations, concerts, gala dinners, and much more:
* Entrance Foyer
* Mirror Foyer
* Foyer Gallery/Smoking Room
* Red Salon
Auditorium – for complete performances on the stage:
* with proscenium (in front of the Iron Curtain)
* with the complete stage
* Side Stage
* Glass Bridge
* Studio Theatre
* Auditorium: up to 1,162 people
* Entrance Foyer: up to 150 people
* Mirror Foyer: up to 190 people
* Foyer Gallery/Smoking Room: up to 200 people
* Red Salon: up to 30 people
* Side Stage: up to 110 people
* Glass Bridge: up to 250 people
* Studio Theatre: up to 110 people
As your would expect of a modern theatre, Oper Graz has the best equipment in terms of lighting, sound, electrical equipment, communications technology. We are happy to provide specific answers to your inquiries.
We are happy to work out a specific offer, suited to your requirements.
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