Kent Nagano Appointed Professor
On September 20, 2021 Kent Nagano was appointed professor by the President of the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre, Prof. Elmar Lampson. This strengthens the conducting faculty of the Academy, the work of its Academy Orchestra and the artistic instrumental classes by further developing the practical aspects of young musicians' training. "It is a great honour and joy that Prof. Kent Nagano is going to pass on his knowledge and experience to our students. I am grateful for the passion and intensity with which he inspires and supports our students," said Prof. Elmar Lampson.
About a successful composer
Inspired by Life - Puccini's "Heroines
What inspired Puccini's "heroines"? He drew inspiration for his operas from countless love affairs and invented dazzling female personalities for the stage. Read more about this in the current journal from p. 18 or in the State Opera Blog. His "Tosca" has become one of the five most frequently performed operas in the world and can be experienced with Hui He in the title role on 29 September, 2, 8 and 12 October 2021.
Szenen aus Goethes Faust
Christian gerhaher is Faust
He is considered one of the most distinguished singer-performers of the present and is predestined for Schumann: Christian Gerhaher. In Schumann's "Faust-Szenen" based on Goethe's great world play about guilt and atonement, God and the devil, the baritone embodies Faust, Pater Seraphicus and Dr Marianus. Other performers include Katharina Konradi, Franz-Josef Selig, Narea Son, Benjamin Bruns, Renate Spingler, Katja Pieweck and Hubert Kowalczyk. GMD Kent Nagano is the conductor. Concert performances on 14, 18 and 21.09.2021.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann recorded
The successful season-opening production of "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" is recorded together with EUROARTS. ZDF/Arte, the French television station Mezzo, the only public broadcasting company in Japan NHK and Deutsche Grammophon will be involved. Broadcast dates will follow. The theatre spectacle on the grand stage of the Hamburg State Opera can be experienced until 25.09.2021.
Press reviews of Les Contes d'Hoffmann
"A great moment like in the old days"
"A feast of poetry and colour, fantasy and discreetly absurd humour, the performance was received with cheers from the audience," reports the dpa. On concerti.de you can read: "The French star tenor Benjamin Bernheim gives the Hamburg State Opera a great moment at the opening of the season, just like in the old days". The F.A.Z. headlines: "Fairytale theatre magic with a magnificent Benjamin Bernheim in the title role." Olga Peretyatko succeeds "single-handedly in discovering different facets and colours in all four, acting and singing", says the Hamburger Abendblatt. "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" had its premiere on 4 September and can be experienced on the big stage until 25 September.
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Probably the most popular Russian opera
Olesya Goloneva, Alexey Bogdanchikov, Pavol Breslik
Alexey Bogdanchikov last embodied Eugene Onegin on the big stage of Dammtorstraße in April 2016, which was his first season as an ensemble member here. In this series, the baritone is opposite soprano Olesya Goloneva as Tatyana, who made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera in 2019 as Katya in "Katja Kabanova". Pavol Breslik as Lenski makes his debut in Hamburg. Axel Kober conducts the performances on 28 September and 01, 07, 10 October 2021.
One of the most frequently performed operas
Tosca with Hui He and Pavel Černoch
Hui He returns to Dammtorstraße as Tosca in one of her leading roles; the Chinese soprano also appears at the MET in New York, La Scala in Milan and the Arena in her adopted city of Verona. Also reuniting is Pavel Černoch as Cavaradossi and the welcome guest Ks. Andrzej Dobber can be experienced as Scarpia. Puccini's passionate drama about love, jealousy and death will be performed on 29 September and on 2, 8 and 12 October 2021.
Verdi's last opera
Calixto Bieito has restaged Falstaff in 2020 as a "big show about eating and drinking". The title role is now played by Pietro Spagnoli, who will also be back on the big stage this season as Don Alfonso. Anna Princeva makes her house debut as Alice Ford. The role of Ford's husband will be played by ensemble member Kartal Karagedik. The comic opera is scheduled for 30 September and 3, 9 October 2021.
Four podcasts on...
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Listen to four singers from "Les Contes d'Hoffmann". "I will always remember where and how I first sang Hoffmann," says Benjamin Bernheim. "This production is so beautiful and I can say right away that these are definitely my most beautiful costumes ever," Olga Peretyatko reveals. "Through pain you can experience beauty and really create," says Angela Brower of the message of her part La Muse/Nicklausse. "It gives me great pleasure to embody four characters in one evening," Luca Pisaroni tells us.
Tickets and visit
General advance ticket sales for the 21/22 season will begin four weeks before the performance date until further notice - unless other dates are announced. Subscription additional ticket sales start on August 16, 2021 and then accordingly five weeks before performance. Tickets for "Rathausmarkt Open-Air 1 & 2" and "Playing Trump" will be available from June, 30 2021. Attendance at performances is subject to restrictions for the safety of our patrons.
Everything you need to know about tickets and attending performances.
International Opera Studio
Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and bass - the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera is looking for singers for the 2022/23 season. Voices like Olga Peretyatko. Maite Beaumont, Christoph Pohl or Alexander Tsymbalyuk began their world careers here. Who will be the next?
Admission requirements and application
Donatienne Michel-Dansac in Playing Trump
Even before the official opening of the season at Dammtorstraße, a special production could be experienced at the Hamburg State Opera in August 2021: Bernhard Lang's Cheap Opera #2 "Playing Trump" based on original speech texts by the former president of the USA.
Andrew Dickinson takes over the roles of Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio for Gideon Poppe in all upcoming performances of "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" (16, 19, 22, 25.09.2021). Mojca Erdmannn takes over the role of Gretchen, Not, Seliger Knabe, Una Poenitentium, soprano solo for Katharina Konradi in "Scenes from Goethe's Faust" (18,21.09.2021). Marie-Dominique Ryckmanns takes over the roles of Marthe, Sorge, Younger Angel, Blessed Boy, Magna Peccatrix, soprano solos for Narea Son in all upcoming concert performances of "Scenes from Goethe's Faust" (18, 21/09/2021). In "Falstaff" (30.09., 03., 09.10.2021) Annika Schlicht takes over the role of Mrs Quickly for Nadezhda Karyazina and Ya-Chung Huang the role of Bardolfo for Daniel Kluge.
The season 2021|22
Six new productions - "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" from September 4, 2021, "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" from October, 17 2021, "Elektra" from November 28, 2021, "Turandot" from March 13, 2022, "Tannhäuser" from April 24, 2022, and "Don Pasquale" from May 29, 2022, as well as three world premieres - "Playing Trump" from August 20, 2021, "Unser kleines Scheißkaff" from January 21, 2022, "La Luna" from June 24, 2022 and the German premiere of "Bella Blaubart" on February 12, 2022 as well as 23 works from the rich repertoire are on the program of the Hamburg State Opera. Browse through the season brochure or the online schedule.
Digital "ARTE Opera Season"
ARTE presents an online service in partnership with 22 European opera houses: "ARTE Opera Season." The performances of the participating opera houses will be broadcasted live every month (via "ARTE Concert") and will be available online. The Hamburg State Opera is partner and contributes the production of "Don Pasquale" from the 2021/21 season as a broadcast! You can download the whole season brochure here.