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THEATER BASEL is the municipal theatre of the city of Basel
Basel
, Switzerland
Switzerland
, which is home to the city's opera and ballet companies. The theatre also presents plays and musicals in addition to operas and operettas .

Because the theatre does not have its own orchestra , the Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Basel
Basel
is usually contracted to perform for opera and ballet productions as needed. For baroque-opera productions, La Cetra , the baroque orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
, is engaged.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Notes * 3 Further reading * 4 External links

HISTORY

Theater Basel's second theatre which was destroyed by fire in 1904 (postcard from 1904).

Theater Basel
Basel
was founded in 1834 under the name BASLER STADTTHEATER. The first theatre was designed by Swiss architect Melchior Berri
Melchior Berri
.

In 1873 work on a new theatre began which was designed by Johann Jakob Stehlin der Jüngere . This second theatre opened in 1875 and was used until it was destroyed by fire on October 7th, 1904.

Plans for a third theatre were soon made, but it was five years before that the theatre finally opened in 1909.

The fourth theatre opened in 1975.

NOTES

FURTHER READING

* Dominique Spirgi (2005). "Theater Basel, Basel
Basel
BS". In Andreas Kotte. Theaterlexikon der Schweiz (TLS) / Dictionnaire du théâtre en Suisse (DTS) / Dizionario Teatrale Svizzero / Lexicon da teater svizzer (in German). 3. Zürich: Chronos. pp. 1846–1848. ISBN 978-3-0340-0715-3 . LCCN 2007423414 . OCLC
OCLC
62309181 .

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