Burgtheater Vienna Austria about 1892

Burgtheater Vienna Austria about 1892

HOF-BURG THEATRE, VIENNA — Everyone has heard of the magnificent Opera House of Vienna, which for years has had the reputation of being, all things considered, the world’s best Temple of Music. But that edifice has now a dangerous rival in the new Imperial Theatre represented in this illustration. It is another of those architectural jewels which sparkle in the glittering girdle that now divides in two concentric parts the Austrian capital, and which in another illustration has been described as the “Ring Strassen,” or Circular Boulevards. This beautiful structure is the favored home of the Drama, as the Opera House is the abode of Music in Vienna, and no city in the world can boast of two such structures devoted to this purpose. Paris alone can claim a richer Opera House, but even Paris has no theatre comparable to this which rises thus in stately grandeur on the Ring Strassen. Everything here is managed with perfect order and good taste. Before and after the performance polite uniformed officials stand on the steps to assist the inmates to alight. Once past the marble corridor, one finds a number of ticket offices to obviate all crowding. The cloak rooms, too, are large, with numerous attendants to prevent delay; while courteous ushers lead the way into a most richly decorated auditorium. This theatre is of course subsidized by the Government, and only dramas of the highest order are here given, while the style in which they are produced is well worthy of the magnificent structure itself. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)



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