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Salzburger Marionetten Theater, Salzburg

24 Schwarzstrasse
Tel: 43 6628 72406's insider take:

Founded in 1913 and offering a serious program of opera, Salzburg's rococo marionette theater presents the thinking person's puppet show. And it's quite a show. The elegantly costumed marionettes don't just dance on a string but sing (well, lip-synch) everything from Die Fledermaus to The Magic Flute (try to get a Muppet to do that) and move with the expressive grace of any bona fide diva. The marionettes are good enough to go on periodic world tours, and their performances can sometimes feel more human then the grandest flesh-and-blood opera.

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