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Merry woodlander­s

The concert halls in forests


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
Green scene: Berlin’s Waldbühne

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