Friday, December 03, 2010

Neues Theater Leipzig

Neues Theater, Leipzig, from a postcard circa 1900.

Neues Theater opened in 1868 and was home of Leipzig’s opera until 3 December 1943, when it was destroyed during an Allied bombing raid. The ruins of the building were not to be razed until more than a decade after war’s end.

Important premieres in the theater: Krenek’s “Jonny Spielt Auf”, Weill’s “Aufstieg Und Fall Der Stadt Mahagonny” and Orff’s “Catulli Carmina”—the latter exactly six months before the building’s destruction.

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