Opera Repertoire

Luisa Miller | Giuseppe Verdi

"Luisa Miller" is Giuseppe Verdi’s third setting of a play by Friedrich Schiller. “It is a great drama, full of passion and very effective in ...

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Alcina | Georg Friedrich Händel

The sorceress Alcina lives a wondrous life on her island: she attracts men, seduces them, and when she tires of them, she turns them into animals, plants or ...

next performance: Sunday 23. Feb. 2020

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Die tote Stadt | Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Cocooned in the past, the widower Paul has withdrawn from life. His inner emptiness prevents any feelings. Only an open confrontation with his trauma revives ...

next performance: Friday 06. Dec. 2019

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Il Turco in Italia | Gioachino Rossini

What does a novelist do when he can’t think of a story? Hoping for inspiration, he studies the people around him. And the people around him are ensnared in ...

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BENJAMIN | Peter Ruzicka

Walter Benjamin was a German philosopher and cultural scientist. A Jew and Marxist, his path through the 20th century was irregular and meandering. The figures ...

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Das Rheingold | Richard Wagner

The Rhinemaidens are lounging on a huge bed; in the attic, Wotan is tinkering with his model of the world; and from his heating cellar, Alberich tries to wrest ...

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Die Walküre | Richard Wagner

Wotan wants to create a free hero to win back the ring. However, his experiment with the Wälsungen fails: the god is forced to sacrifice Siegmund, and ...

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Manon Lescaut | Giacomo Puccini

Romantic love or a life of luxury – Manon must make a decision. At the urging of her brother Lescaut, she chooses the rich Geronte di Ravoir. Decked out in ...

next performance: Friday 29. Mar. 2019

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Siegfried | Richard Wagner

The third part of Hamburg’s “Ring des Nibelungen”, directed by Claus Guth. The second day in Wagner’s great tetralogy tells of the young hero Siegfried. ...

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Götterdämmerung | Richard Wagner

The state of the world as a whole occupied Richard Wagner when he decided to expand his opera “Siegfrieds Tod”, which was later to become “Die ...

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Tosca | Giacomo Puccini

Scarpia, Rome’s chief of police, desires Tosca. Since her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, is among the government’s political enemies, Scarpia has him ...

next performance: Wednesday 18. Mar. 2020

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia | Gioachino Rossini

Make way! Here comes Figaro, the best barber in Seville, jack of all trades – and a welcome supporter to Count Almaviva. The count, however, is not concerned ...

next performance: Saturday 30. Mar. 2019

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Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

This opera is the world in a theatrical nutshell: it deals with growing older, with trials and tribulations, with intransparent decisions. One person searches ...

next performance: Wednesday 12. Feb. 2020

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Die Frau ohne Schatten | Richard Strauss

“Not to let fear darken what is glowing, not to bind the wonderful bird’s wings! Courage is the inner light in every fairy-tale, and that is why the Empress ...

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Messa da Requiem | Giuseppe Verdi

Libera me. Save me. Liberate me, Lord, from eternal death. The individual wails, faced with the balance of his life. Abysses of nothingness. Verdi’s ...

next performance: Tuesday 10. Mar. 2020

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Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Die Heimkehr des Odysseus) | Claudio Monteverdi

10 years of war. 10 years of odyssey. Darkness. Ulysses returns to his Penelope in the guise of an unkempt ancient beggar. Among all her suitors, only he can ...

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Carmen | Georges Bizet

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – “Love is a wild bird”: in her famous Habanera, Carmen sings about the fickleness of this strongest of feelings. ...

next performance: Thursday 11. Apr. 2019

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Le Nozze di Figaro | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

During times of historical upheaval, the victors are filled with euphoric jubilation while fear spreads on the side of the losers. When cheerfulness grips the ...

next performance: Friday 01. Nov. 2019

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Rigoletto | Giuseppe Verdi

Never one to miss an opportunity to make fun of others, the hunchback jester Rigoletto is employed by the Duke of Mantua. His only joy in life is his daughter ...

next performance: Saturday 06. Jun. 2020

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La Traviata | Giuseppe Verdi

Violetta is the most sought-after courtesan of the Parisian demimonde. However, her encounter with Alfredo makes her pleasure-seeking life seem questionable: ...

next performance: Thursday 06. Feb. 2020

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Un Ballo in Maschera | Giuseppe Verdi

King Gustavo loves Amelia, the wife of his loyal friend and Secretary Renato Count Anckarström. Even though Amelia reciprocates his feelings, the two of ...

next performance: Thursday 28. Mar. 2019

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Fidelio | Ludwig van Beethoven

Florestan has been unjustly incarcerated for “fighting for the truth”. The governor of the state prisons, Pizarro, is responsible and therefore needs to ...

next performance: Tuesday 09. Apr. 2019

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Parsifal | Richard Wagner

In his “Parsifal”, Wagner created a complex world of its own. It is complex because it consists of so many heterogeneous elements whose meaning is hard to ...

next performance: Friday 19. Apr. 2019

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L'Elisir d'Amore | Gaetano Donizetti

Tristano e Isotta – Tristan and Isolde set an example: Nemorino has the evident idea to boost the feelings of his beloved Adina with a love potion. The ...

next performance: Tuesday 23. Apr. 2019

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La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) | Giacomo Puccini

California in 1850: hundreds of thousands have fallen for the gold rush – and some of them also for the barkeeper Minnie, at whose saloon various fortune ...

next performance: Tuesday 07. May. 2019

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La Belle Hélène | Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach’s stage work includes 102 scores – his opéra bouffe “La Belle Hélène” is one of his greatest successes. Unhappy ...

next performance: Tuesday 14. May. 2019

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Don Carlos | Giuseppe Verdi

In order to ensure peace between France and Spain, Princess Elisabeth de Valois decides against her great love: instead of Don Carlos, she marries his father, ...

next performance: Sunday 26. May. 2019

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Daphne | Richard Strauss

“The feast is strange to me, strange,” Daphne says to Leukippos, her childhood friend who desires her, on this day of ecstatic celebrations honouring ...

next performance: Friday 31. May. 2019

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Eugene Onegin | Peter I. Tschaikowsky

Young Tatyana falls in love with Eugene Onegin, and confesses her love for him, against all convention. When he pretends that marriage is not for him, she weds ...

next performance: Wednesday 05. Jun. 2019

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Ariadne auf Naxos | Richard Strauss

A nouveau-riche Viennese is planning a performance of the tragedy “Ariadne auf Naxos”, which he has commissioned as part of a grand party he is planning at ...

next performance: Saturday 14. Sep. 2019

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Katja Kabanova | Leós Janácek

A small town on the Volga becomes a prison for Katja Kabanova: here she lives in a world full of dependencies and unfulfilled longing. Her mother-in-law’s ...

next performance: Tuesday 24. Sep. 2019

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Otello | Giuseppe Verdi

Otello is the very cause of his own madness. He must fend off envy, enmity and threats – were he sane, this would be easy. He has made his way to the top of ...

next performance: Thursday 03. Oct. 2019

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Pelléas et Mélisande | Claude Debussy

Near a well in the forest, Golaud meets Mélisande. They get married and return to his family’s castle. There, Mélisande meets Pelléas, ...

next performance: Friday 15. Nov. 2019

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Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) | Engelbert Humperdinck

“Don‘t you know the horrible dark place, don’t you know the evil one lives there?” Hastily, their parents set out for the woods to save Hansel and ...

next performance: Thursday 21. Nov. 2019

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La Bohème | Giacomo Puccini

“How ice-cold is this little hand” – a hand held by the poet Rodolfo in the darkness of his artists’ commune! The ice-cold hand belongs to the ...

next performance: Friday 22. Nov. 2019

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La Cenerentola | Gioachino Rossini

"La Cenerentola" is Rossini’s version of "Cinderella" and one of the world’s most beautiful bel canto operas. The libretto was written ...

next performance: Sunday 08. Dec. 2019

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Lohengrin | Richard Wagner

Elsa of Brabant is suspected of having killed her younger brother Gottfried in the forest. This accusation is put forward by Friedrich of Telramund, Count of ...

next performance: Sunday 22. Dec. 2019

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Lulu | Alban Berg

Anyone who loves Lulu is killed by that love. To men, Lulu is the instrument satisfying their sexual desires, yet irritatingly, she remains autonomous and ...

next performance: Sunday 02. Feb. 2020

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Madama Butterfly | Giacomo Puccini

Nagasaki, Japan, ca. 1900: Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the American navy, has fallen in love with Cio-Cio-San, also known as “Butterfly”. The Japanese ritual ...

next performance: Saturday 15. Feb. 2020

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Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) | Richard Wagner

Fortunately, this work is not only performed every seven years: Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer is about a mariner damned to sail the seas until ...

next performance: Tuesday 18. Feb. 2020

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Simon Boccanegra | Giuseppe Verdi

“The human heart is a source of eternal suffering,” thus a line from this Verdi opera, held in particularly high regard by cognoscenti. The fact that it ...

next performance: Sunday 22. Mar. 2020

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Pique Dame | Peter I. Tschaikowsky

The outsider Herman loves Liza, who is engaged to Prince Yeletsky. Herman is a passionate gambler: he is desperate to win a fortune and reputation in order to ...

next performance: Friday 22. May. 2020

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