Fix up, look sharp
The morning of a performance day, and ground staff ensure everything is shipshape at the Margravial, one of two world-renowned opera houses in Bayreuth.
Built between 1744 and 1750 and with an interior by Europe’s leading theatre architect, Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, the Margravial is a Baroque masterpiece. A gold-framed royal box is the focal point of the auditorium.
Discarded ballet shoes between performances
Sights and sounds
The theatre received UNESCO status in 2012, shortly before closing for a six-year, $34m restoration. Visitors can admire the re-fit during one of the daily tours, which run between 9am and 6pm.
The orchestra pit awaits the players while the lighting is checked.
Dancers of the Strasbourg Conservatory rehearse for Bach dansé, part of the Musica Bayreuth Festival, held at the Margravial since 1968.
Stage manager Richard cleans the stage while the musicians rehearse before doors open to the public.
Waiting in the wings
A ballet dancer looks on at her classmates from the side of the main stage
Dancers get ready in the dressing room.
Dancers interpret works by Bach and Handel under the musical direction of Nicolaus Richter.
Take a break
Visitors get up for the interval to enjoy a Franconian secco.
Dancers take a bow before the whole team appear on stage.
And so ends another evening. In addition to hosting music and dance during the summer months, the Margravial building is also a museum.