Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz) is an opera house
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company in Munich
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. Designed by the architect Michael Reiffenstuel, it opened on 5 November 1865 as the city's second opera house after the National Theatre
National Theatre (Munich)
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At times exclusively concerned with operetta
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, in recent years the theatre has focussed mainly on opera, though there are also productions of operettas, musicals and ballet. The scope of its activities is similar to that of the Komische Oper in Berlin
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or the English National Opera
English National Opera
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One of the most active theatres in Germany
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, its season lasts from September to July and comprises more than 200 performances. The former intendant was Klaus Schultz and the current intendant is Dr. Ulrich Peters. The chief conductor from 1999 to 2010 was the American
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David Stahl (conductor)
David Stahl was an American conductor who served as the Music Director and Intendant of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich and the Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra...
, and the director of dance (TanzTheater München) is Hans Henning Paar.