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In Munich, on that same weekend, we had to turn down two further Bavarian
State Opera productions -- Un Ballo in Maschera, with Ramon Vargas
(alternating as the doomed King Gustav with Dennis O'Neill); a promising
production of Die Verkaufte Braut (Smetana's The Bartered Bride);
as well as a concert of the Munchner Symphoniker under Mathias Förster
(Mendelssohn, Grieg and Dvorák's G major Symphony); and several very
attractive chamber concerts and recitals.
Emi and Ted Norrish at Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich. Photo: Ted Norrish
Together with the strikingly beautiful Schloss Nymphenburg, the Munich
Residenz was the castle and palace of the Dukes and Kings of the Wittelsbach
family, who ruled Bavaria from 1255 to 1918. Built around seven courtyards,
it displays the treasures, the styles and the grandeur of five centuries.
In 1944 the complex was almost entirely destroyed, but most of the movable
art treasures were saved. Following the war it was restored and reconstructed.
Were it not for photographs, the visitor today to this wonderful palace
would be entirely unaware of the horror of destruction of that terrible
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Ted and Emi Norrish, Coventry, UK