Munich's Newly-Renovated 250-Year-Old Cuvilli_s Theater Flooded

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Last week the backstage area of Munich's historic Cuvilli_s Theater was flooded with 2100 gallons of water due to a false fire warning that set off the venue's sprinkler system.


Frank Cadenhead of Musical America reported that, somewhat miraculously, the damage does not appear to be as severe as it might have been. Initial assessments find the lighting and sound systems to be functioning normally. The stage equipment will require repairs in order to to return to full capacity. The public house area was not affected.

"We obviously will do everything so that the Cuvilli_s Theater can be used again without restrictions. All necessary works will be undertaken as fast as possible and the necessary means are available," said Finance Minister Georg Fahrenschon.

The theater, built in 1750 by court architect Fran‹ois Cuvilli_s, was rebuilt after being destroyed during the Second World War. Following a four-year, 25-million-euro renovation, the venue reopened in its modern form last July.

The Cuvilli_s Theater is a lavish smaller home for the Bavarian State Opera. While most productions take place in the National Theater, the Cuvilli_s provides a more intimate space for certain works- Mozart in particular.

The next scheduled production for the venue is an April CosÐ fan tutte.

Click here to visit the Bavarian State Opera's English language site.

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