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Moving this out of the "Germany ..." thread so it doesn't get lost among 3 dozen pages:

 

Munich:

 

On 14/10/2018 at 12:58, Lizbie1 said:

 

Angela, sorry to trouble you for yet more advice, but in your view is it better to submit a written order for tickets or wait for online booking to open?

 

(I've decided to take a chance on the production as I'll be in town anyway!)

 

22 hours ago, Angela said:

Lizbie, I only book online or by phone at Munich, so I don't know if writing is faster (I think they do it by lottery?). However ballet doesn't sell as fast as an Anna Netrebko or Jonas Kaufmann opera at Munich, even it it's Polunin - so if you are able to book immediately at 10 o'clock on the opening day of online booking, that should be no problem, I think. Or try the phone. Try to catch seats (or standing room) in the middle of the balconies - the sight from the sides is not so great. No problem in the stalls. If you take tickets on the balcony sides, only first row. The Nationaltheater is beautiful, but huge, and I could'nt find the perfect place for ballet there until now... ☹️

 

 

2 hours ago, toursenlair said:

 

 My experience of the stalls is that it's preferable to not be in the first 4 rows as they are sunk below the stage a bit. Row 7 / 8 and back are better. Also definitely don't take a seat at the end of a row as some of these are behind big pillars that block the view.

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13 hours ago, Angela said:

 

Yes, I like the back of the stalls much more, but that might be too far away for some people. Katherine, where did you find pillars?? I agree, the end of a row is not great for the bad sight lines, especially in the front rows, but I can't remember pillars. I'll have to check next time 😯

 

10 hours ago, toursenlair said:

 

I couldn't tell you which rows exactly, but some of them in mid Orchestra/Stalls/Parkett definitely have the view obstructed. You;ve probably just never been unfortunate enough to sit there.

Row 7/8 is fine: not too far away, and with sufficient rake to see all of the stage. Closer rows may be fine for people taller than me (5 foot 4).

 

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In Munich I did not like my seat in Rang 3 as it had a big fat safety rail all along the ledge likewise Rang 4 so you are better off in seats on Rang 1 or 2 .  To see the stage properly I had to lean forward which gave me a pain in the back. I think if you are taller you will be OK even in Rang 2 without the rail I still had to sit up to see when the dancers cam to very front of the stage.

 

 

In Hamburg the Loges are not great if you are small:- I had front row seats in Loge 5 left  but they were far back so safety rail gets in the view again.  Very painful trying to find any comfortable position to see the stage properly so I reckon you are better off with a back row on the tiers.  Not sure if front row centre is any better will find out in December.  Apparently you can hire a booster seat cushion which I will do for the gala next year as I have been allocated a Loge.

 

In Berlin the Deutsche Oper is fine in my experience and is the only theatre I go for stalls as they are well raked and seats are offset so you have a clearer view.  The Staats Oper central tiers I sat in were OK before the renovation as was the back row of Stalls but I have yet to try out the renovated theatre.  I have a nasty feeling safety rails have been installed:-(  I will find out in December!

 

I have taken to taking photos of the auditoria and views from my seats, no time today but will try to remember to resize and post here!!

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The front row😬. Really annoying the way so many theatres now have such safety rails....EU "elf n safety" regs I dare say! My favourite theatre is Het Nationale in Amsterdam no rails, good views, very comfortable and modern.  

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8 hours ago, Don Q Fan said:

EU "elf n safety" regs I dare say!

 

In Munich they have been there since I can remember, and I'm happy they are because I'm afraid of heights. I never had a problem looking over them.  I'm never going to sit in den upper balcony of Semperoper Dresden again because there is NO railing.

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I found this very useful thread (thank you alison!) after searching the forum. The Deutsche Oper in Berlin isn't included,  could someone very kindly tell me what the rake is like? I've already booked for several Wagner operas next May, but didn't bother about the view. Now, however, I'm booking for Giselle which is on while I'm there. The specific areas I'm looking at are Rang 2, (the first row unless there's an annoying safety rail) or Rang 1 from the third row onwards. These are in the 2nd price category, though I would be happier with the 3rd category if the rows 6 and 7 aren't affected by an overhang or something. Of course the same applies for these categories in the stalls,  depending on the rake since I am somewhat short.

Many thanks.

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HI Aruna - I did mention Berlin Deutsche OPer in my post above.

The stalls there are great with good rake and seats are offset so you do not have a head straight in front of you.  I usually go for the cat3 seats but Cat 2 are lovely but a little dearer.  Cat 3 are great value and even cat 4 rows at the back of the Stalls are good as the rake is slightly more at the very back.  I have sat in teh very back row a couple of times and it is fine, just a little far away.  Views I have found all good especially if you sit in central seats. Definitely get as close to centre as you can.   

Up on the tiers I have only sat on the first tier as the 2nd is often closed.  I have only had the front row and 2nd row, it was a while ago now but do not recall any issues.  What I would say is that the tiers are at the very back of the theatre as most of the stalls are not over hung at all so you are right at the back even on the front row.  I rarely go for stalls but I always DO here because the view is good and you are closer to the stage.  It is rather far away up on the tiers.  I have not ever sat in the side tier loges.  

Normally for Balanchine works I like to sit high up but I have booked cat 3 stalls row 18 for Jewels in October.  I thought it may be nice to see the dancers closer up as I know the choreography fairly well now for Jewels.  I have seen Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, DonQ, Esmerelda, Nutcrackers, various galas and triple bills nearly all from the stalls and always had a good view.  I am only 1.64m so not the tallest but they seem to have the rake and offset of seats just right here.

Here's a pic from my stalls seat of DonQ last year think it was about row 18 obv with a bit of zoom lens.

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Thank you so  much Don Q Fan! I'm glad I missed your reference in the earlier post and asked my question because there's so much detail in your reply :-)

I'm 1.57m  so a good bit shorter than you... but with the rake and your experience of the stalls I'll go for that. 

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9 hours ago, Aruna S said:

Thank you so  much Don Q Fan! I'm glad I missed your reference in the earlier post and asked my question because there's so much detail in your reply 🙂

I'm 1.57m  so a good bit shorter than you... but with the rake and your experience of the stalls I'll go for that. 

 

I think you will be ok, but they usually have booster cushions in German theatres some take a small deposit refundable upon return.  Just ask at the coak checks who are probably best to ask (on the ground floor after you enter) if you think you may benefit from one, but I find the seats at the DO are very well upholstered and "high" anyway!  The rake isn't huge but their layout works very well.  Hope you enjoy Giselle!

I found a photo I took of the auditorium last year you can see how the tiers are right at the back here too.

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