Germany’s Posh New Opera House

A lavish new opera house in Germany has ambitious aspirations. “Lavish the new opera house may be, but its start has not been painless. It was meant to be part of a new deal for opera, theatre and ballet involving Weimar (pop. 65,000) – whose Deutsches Theater (where Germany’s first democratic constitution was launched) is a mere 15 minutes train ride away. Under this so-called ‘Weimar Model’, Erfurt was to specialise in opera, touring to Weimar, while Weimar specialised in spoken theatre, it being the city of Goethe, Schiller and Herder. However, the people of Weimar strongly objected to the loss of their opera .”