Hamburg State Opera
The history of the Hamburg State Opera goes back to the distant past and began in 1678 when Germany’s first public opera house opened in Hamburg. Thanks to the Enlightenment, the art and culture of operatic song would also be accessible to ordinary citizens from this point onward.
From the end of the 17th to the mid-18th century, the Hanseatic city was known throughout Europe for its musical output. During the Second World War, the auditorium was completely destroyed by a bombing raid in 1943, but it was quickly rebuilt a few years later. Even today the chief article of faith of the Hamburg State Opera is to make its productions accessible to the broadest possible audience. Its repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary opera and ballet performances, and the admission prices between 4.00 and 160.00 euros also make it affordable for everyone.
Culture and entertainment at the same time is what the Hamburg State Opera has to offer. Classical legends such as George Frederick Handel as violinist and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing as playwright were part of the Hamburg State Opera, along with contemporary stars like Plácido Domingo and Pavarotti, who have also had great performances in the Hanseatic city. It continues to present operas, ballet performances and concerts by the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra. In addition to the many works for adults, such as Macbeth, King Lear, La Bohème and Goethe's Faust, children also get their money's work with a range of children's operas. As a part of the children's opera programme, works such as Hansel and Gretel and The Robber Hotzenplotz are performed. The General Manager of the opera and Hamburg Music Director present grand productions from the classical to contemporary operatic repertoire – simply enthralling musical theatre. With the HAMBURG BALLET, which was formed in 1973 as the result of a ballet workshop, the Hanseatic city is also home to a world-renowned ballet company. The heart of this opera house is the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra: It has characterised the sound of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg for more than 175 years; it plays at almost all the opera and ballet evenings and also gives the philharmonic concerts in the Laeiszhalle.
Interesting facts about the Hamburg State Opera
In 2005, the Australian conductor Simone Young was appointed artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera. Each season, some 380 performances are given, presenting the historical as well as modern musical theatre. In productions by the children’s opera series Opera Piccola, children are not merely spectators; they also take the stage to perform for the audience. Each season, the young singers of the Hamburg State Opera also produce their own shows that they perform for the public. Performances are rounded off by concerts by the Hamburg Philharmonic. Every concert season it offers the public various chamber concerts, as well as special concerts including the annual New Year's Eve concert. The programme of the Hamburg State Opera is published every spring for the following season. An opera season starts with a grand opening ceremony in August and continues for one year.