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The Theater an der Wien is a historic theatre in Vienna. It has been suggested that Drama (art form) be merged into this article or section. ... Vienna (German: Wien [viːn]; Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian: Beč, Czech: Vídeň, Hungarian: Bécs, Romanian: Viena, Romani: Bech or Vidnya, Russian: Вена, Slovak: Viedeň, Slovenian: Dunaj) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ...


The theatre was the brainchild of the Vienna theatrical impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, who is otherwise best known to history as Mozart's librettist and collaborator on the opera Die Zauberflöte (1791). Schikaneder had been granted an imperial licence in 1786 to build a new theatre, but it was only in 1798 that he felt ready to act on this authorization. The building was designed by the architect Franz Jäger; construction was completed in 1801. The theater opened on June 13 of that year with a prologue written by Schikaneder, followed by a performance of the opera "Alexander" by Alexander Teyber. Emanuel Schikaneder (September 9, 1751, Straubing - September 21, 1812, Vienna), born Johann Joseph Schikaneder, was mostly famous for his collaboration as a librettist with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on popular operas such as Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baptised as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart; January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) is among the most significant and enduringly popular composers of European classical music. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ... 1791 (MDCCXCI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1786 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1798 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The Union Jack, flag of the newly formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ...


According to the New Grove, it was "the most lavishly equipped and one of the largest theatres of its age." The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is a dictionary of music and musicians, generally considered to be one of the best general reference sources on the subject. ...


Although "Wien" is German for "Vienna", the "Wien" in the name of the theater is actually the name of the Wien River (Wienfluss), which once flowed by the theater site; "an der Wien" means "on the banks of the Wien". Today the river is covered over in this location, and the spot houses the Naschmarkt, an open-air market. The Wienfluss in the Stadtpark The Wien is a river that flows through the city of Vienna. ...

Theater an der Wien (Papageno gate in Millöckergasse)
Theater an der Wien (Papageno gate in Millöckergasse)

The Theater an der Wien was designed in Empire style. Only a part of the original building is preserved: the "Papageno gate" is a memorial to Schikaneder, who is depicted playing the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute, a role he wrote for himself to perform. He is shown with his three children, playing the Three Boys in the same opera. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (740x857, 308 KB) Wien, Austria: Theater an der Wien, Papagenotor Photorgraphed by Andreas Praefcke, May 2003 File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Theater an der Wien ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (740x857, 308 KB) Wien, Austria: Theater an der Wien, Papagenotor Photorgraphed by Andreas Praefcke, May 2003 File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Theater an der Wien ... Empire is an early 19th century style of architecture and furniture design that and originates from Napoleons rule of France. ...


As a prominent theatre in an artistically vital city, the Theater an der Wien has been the location for the premieres of many works of theatre and music that endure to this day, among them:

Theater an der Wien (entrance wing towards Naschmarkt)
Theater an der Wien (entrance wing towards Naschmarkt)

The theatre experienced a golden age during the flourishing of Viennese operetta, and from 1945 to 1955, it was one of the temporary homes of the Vienna State Opera, whose own building had been destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. 1805 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Ludwig van Beethoven by Carl Jäger (Date unknown). ... Fidelio (Op. ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony Number 2 in D Major, Opus 36 was written between 1801 and 1802 and is 36 minutes long. ... 1805 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Symphony No. ... 1806 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Ludwig van Beethovens Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major was written in 1806. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. ... Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. ... The Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, op. ... Ludwig van Beethovens Piano Concerto No. ... Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. ... 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer (January 15, 1791 - January 21, 1872), Austrian dramatic poet, was born in Vienna. ... 1823 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Franz Schubert. ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Scene from the 1984 version. ... Johann Strauss is the name of three famous Austrian composers: Johann Strauss I (1804-1849), composer, popularizer of the waltz Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), composer, son of Johann I, known as the Waltz King Johann Strauss III (1866-1939), composer, son of Eduard Strauss See also: Strauss This is... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Der Opernball is an operetta in three acts by Victor Léon and Heinrich von Waldberg (libretto), with music by Richard Heuberger. ... Richard Franz Joseph Heuberger (18 June 1850 - 28 October 1914) was an Austrian composer of operas and operettas and a music critic. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... For the ballet, see The Merry Widow (ballet). ... Franz Lehár (30 April 1870 - 24 October 1948) was a Hungarian composer, mainly known for his operettas. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (768x1024, 389 KB) Wien, Theater an der Wien, Vorderhaus (entrance wing, built by Fellner & Helmer architects). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (768x1024, 389 KB) Wien, Theater an der Wien, Vorderhaus (entrance wing, built by Fellner & Helmer architects). ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Vienna State Opera (German: Wiener Staatsoper), located in Vienna, Austria, is one of the most important opera companies in Europe. ...


In 1955, the Theater an der Wien was closed for safety reasons. It languished unused for several years, and by the early 1960s, the threat had emerged that it would be converted to a parking garage (this was the same era of "urban renewal" that in America nearly destroyed Carnegie Hall). Fortunately, in 1962 the theater found a new and successful role for itself as a venue for contemporary musical theater. Many English-language musicals have had their German premieres there. In 1992, the musical Elisabeth (about Franz Joseph's wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria aka Sissi), premiered there. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1961 to 1970, inclusive. ... Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in New York City located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... More than 8 million poeple have seen Elisabeth the Musical in Vienna, Essen, Hamburg and Tokio and so it is the most successful german-musical. ... Franz Joseph I Franz Joseph (in English also Francis Joseph) (August 18, 1830 - November 21, 1916) of the Habsburg Dynasty was Emperor of Austria and King of Bohemia from 1848 until 1916 and King of Hungary from 1867 until 1916. ... Empress Elisabeth Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, Duchess in Bavaria and Princess of Bavaria (December 24, 1837 – September 10, 1898), of the House of Wittelsbach, was the Empress consort of Austria and Queen consort of Hungary due to her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph. ...


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The quotation from the New Grove above is from their article "Emanuel Schikaneder".


External links

  • Official Website (in German)
  • The theater's English-language Web page
  • About the theater (Vienna Online)
  • Andreas Praefcke's "Carthalia" site, entry for "Theater an der Wien". Pictures of both exterior and interior in the form of postcards, as well as a long list of premieres. The image labeled "Millöckergasse entrance" shows the Papageno gate with the memorial to Schikaneder.
  • The characterization of "Rosamunde" above is from program notes by Eric Bromberger.

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Der Textdichter von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts " Die Zauberflöte " Emanuel Schikaneder war begütert genug in Wien 1798 einen großen Theaterbau in Mariahilf an der linken Wienzeile nach Plänen Franz Jäger zu beginnen darum Theater an der Wien.
Der 1801 im Empirestil vollendete Bau ist außen heute nur an der Millöckergasse erhalten wo das Papagenotor Erbauer als Papageno mit seinen Kindern als Knaben" in der Zauberflöte zeigt.
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