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19 wondrous opera houses

By: Angela Nelson on Aug. 18, 2016, 6:42 a.m.
Munich National Theater

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Munich National Theater

The Bayerische Staatsoper in Germany is home to the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Orchestra and the Bavarian State Ballet. It was first commissioned in 1810 by King Maximilian I of Bavaria and designed by Karl von Fischer, who was barely 20 years old at the time. Like the Royal Opera House in London, the building was twice destroyed by fire (the second one was the result of bombing during World War II).

The most recent renovations, which lasted five years and ended in 1963, recreated von Fischer's original neoclassical design. The building features a stunning eight-column portico outside and some of the world's most advanced stage technology inside, Fodor's Travel says.