The Royal Theater (Königliche Kurtheater)
The royal theater in Bad Wildbad was built initially in 1864 and adapted different architecture styles during the years. In the 1970s it was decaying and supposed to be pulled down. In that years Bad Wildbad was basically known as a public health resort. But some campaigners started to transform this into a more cultural destination and hence saved the theater as a symbol of former glory. Because of the historical visit of Gioachino Rossini, they decided to found this opera festival, with some struggles at the beginning. The Förderverein Kurtheater association bought the theater for one Euro and started to renovate it in several stages.
Joan Sutherland, who fell in love with the tiny little theater, when she saw a photo in a TV show, became the patroness of the re-opening within the Rossini festival 2005. But soon the theater had to be closed again for further reconstruction works. In 2014 all the renovations are finally done and it will celebrate the final opening in the 150th year since construction. The theater has an excellent acoustic, a pit, a real stage with machines and only 200 seats!
75323 Bad Wildbad