L'Opéra national du Rhin is an opera company which performs in Alsace, eastern France, and which includes the Opéra in Strasbourg, Mulhouse the ballet with the "Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin", , and Colmar the "Opéra Studio", a training center for young singers, in Colmar. A reflection of its importance is the status of “national opera” which it has held since 1997.
The first opera house opened in Strasbourg in 1701 in a converted granary. After a fire and temporary locations, a new Théâtre municipal opened in the Place Broglie in 1821. This building was virtually gutted during the German bombardment of 1870, but it was rebuilt in identical style, re-opening in 1873.
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