06 Apr 2022

1,000 blue whales?

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Did you know that around 1,000 adult blue whales could fit into the Festspielhaus? The hall measures a total of 124,000 m³ and offers 2,500 seats, making it the largest opera house in Germany.

 

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The Festspielhaus was completed in record time: Planning began in July 1995, in May 1996 Hannelore Kohl, the wife of the then chancellor,  broke ground, and in December 1997 the opera house was inaugurated.

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Good acoustics can be demonstrated, among other things, by measuring how long a tone reverberates. For classical music, the ideal value lies between 1.6 and 2 seconds. In the Festspielhaus, the sound reverberates for exactly 1.8 seconds: close to perfection.

 

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During an opera production, a stage technician walks an average of 14 kilometres, and it's of course no different at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. For Pique Dame, dozens of employees are active before, during and after the performance.

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The chandelier of the Festspielhaus weighs 4.2 tonnes and consists of 1,200 lamps. Details of the chandelier can also be found on the tickets to the opera house.

© Photos: Monika Rittershaus