Marionette Theater, Salzburg

Marionette Theater, Salzburg (must see)

The Salzburg Marionette Theater is one of the world’s oldest puppet theaters in continuous operation. It has become popular with foreign tourists after being featured in the song, ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ from the 1965 Hollywood musical, ‘The Sound of Music’.

Professor Anton Aicher founded the Marionette Theater in 1913. The first production was the performance of Mozart’s famous opera, 'Bastien and Bastienne' using puppets. The theater’s popularity increased both in Salzburg and abroad and soon it traveled to other major cities in Europe. During WWII, the theater performed for German troops in the front and later for the occupation armies. In 1971, the theater found its permanent venue, the ballroom of the former Mirabel Hotel.

The Marionette Theater today has 350 seats and is modeled after a baroque stage. Productions for children and adults are staged. Most of the performances are marionette versions of Mozart’s operas. In 2007, the Sound of Music was staged and Mozart’s 'Bastien and Bastienne' was performed again at the theater. It employs 12 puppeteers who are trained in many arts and crafts. Between 20 and 90 puppets are used for each performance and the skilled puppeteers make the scenes so realistic that the audience forget that puppets are acting out the play.

Why You Should Visit:
The craftsmanship of the marionettes themselves and the artistry of the puppeteers who truly bring them to life in front of you are simply amazing!

Tip:
There are English subtitles to explain what's going on, but it doesn't hurt if you are well versed in the story before attending a performance.
Another useful tip is to pay more and sit near the front for the best experience.

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Marionette Theater on Map

Sight Name: Marionette Theater
Sight Location: Salzburg, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Mozart Heritage Tour   Old Town, Right Bank Walk  

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