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A Gem in the Residenz

18 Aug

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Here is the house of the beautiful Rococo-style Cuvilles Theater within the Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in Munich. It is one of a kind. The gold leaf, the red seats and draperies, the graceful horseshoe shape of the boxes. I had visited Munich four times previously, but had never been inside this theater. I love it.

Entering one of the courtyards within the Residenz.

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The covered anteroom to the theater.

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The proscenium arch.

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Boxes.

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The stage.

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The coat of arms of the Bavarian monarchs.

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Another view of the house.

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Moi.

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Talk about deja vu…A choir was rehearsing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in this courtyard. When I heard the strains of music I was taken back to 1972 when I was dating a guy who was a member of the Munich Philharmonic. The orchestra and chorus were getting ready to perform the Carmina Burana. My friend  got me into the final rehearsal where composer Carl Orff was present giving guidance to the conductor. At the time Orff was in his 70’s and spry. He could scissor kick himself up onto the stage. I was impressed. So being here at this place with the familiar music playing, I felt I had come full circle.

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Outside Lucy directed my attention to the lion statue (there were two of them) and she instructed me to rub the bottom of the shield of both of them and to make a wish. You can tell from the shine underneath my hand that many people had done the same thing.

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Here is my friend Lucy standing in front of the Bavarian State Opera, where she has been a member of the professional chorus for many years. She can count among her friends the internationally renowned conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta.

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We headed back to the apartment using the U-Bahn, the Munich subway. There are very long and steep escalators to get to the trains. The Marienplatz station is a bright orange. I rode these trains first back in 1972 when they were brand new for the Munich Olympics.

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