Merry wood­lan­ders

The con­cert halls in forests

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Wald­bühne Ber­lin

Ber­lin’s ‘for­est stage’ was built for the 1936 Olympic Games; its ope­nair au­di­to­rium, de­signed in the shape of an an­cient Greek theatre and seat­ing 22,000, is lo­cated in the city’s Olympic Park, where tall and densely packed trees sur­round the en­tire com­plex. The Ber­lin Phil­har­monic gives a sum­mer con­cert there ev­ery year.

La grange au Lac Evian

Built in a park of larches by the shore of Lake Geneva, this modern hall, with its acous­ti­cally su­perb au­di­to­rium con­structed in pine and red cedar wood, takes the idea of a for­est into the per­form­ing space it­self: the stage of this ‘Barn by the Lake’ is sur­rounded by the trunks of a dou­ble row of 260 sil­ver birch trees.

Teatro Ama­zonas Manaus

Im­mor­talised in Werner Her­zog’s film Fitz­car­raldo, com­pleted in 1896 and to­day the cen­tre of a thriv­ing lo­cal cul­tural life, this leg­endary opera house was built in the heart of the Brazil­ian rain­for­est.

The huge for­tunes be­ing made in the rub­ber in­dus­try pro­vided a well-heeled au­di­ence in the town that called it­self the ‘Paris of the Trop­ics’.

Green scene: Ber­lin’s Wald­bühne

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