The first building to house the Bavarian State Opera and the National Ballet Company, or Bayerisches Staatsballett, was erected in Munich in 1818. After a fire it was rebuilt and reopened in 1825, then bombed during WWII and reopened once more in 1963. This building incorporated a larger stage, the third largest in the world, and still stands today. It is perhaps best known for its large number of renowned opera premieres – amongst others Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. Later, Richard Strauss would put his mark on the theatre, as principal conductor as well as with the premieres of his operas Friedenstag and Capriccio. Come, absorb the history and the stunning neo-classicist architecture.