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Theater an der Wien

The “Theatre on the Wien River”, one of the oldest theatres in Vienna, was founded by Emanuel Schikaneder. A statue above the entrance shows him playing Papageno in the premiere of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Schikaneder, who had written the libretto for this same opera, was the theatre’s first director. The premiere of Beethoven’s Fidelio was staged here in 1805, and for a while the composer lived in the theatre. Many plays by prominent playwrights such as Kleist, Grillparzer and Nestroy, and many Viennese operettas were premiered here, too, including works by Johann Strauss (son), Zeller, Leh?r and Kalman. After many years as a venue for musicals, the Theater an der Wien now stages only opera.

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