Opera Repertoire

Cavalleria rusticana / I Pagliacci | Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Turiddu and Santuzza are a couple; he has promised to marry her. However, when Turiddu meets up with his old love Lola again, he hardly ...

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Der Freischütz (The Marksman) | Carl Maria von Weber

Agathe is betrothed to Max, but an old custom might yet destroy their happiness: Max must hit the mark in his trial shooting. Caspar, who is in league with the ...

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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 14. Mar. 2019

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Isoldes Abendbrot | Christoph Marthaler

There is hardly a daydream passing through the heads of those wide awake more frequently (and more secretly) than staging one’s own disappearance. This ...

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Wozzeck | Alban Berg

Georg Büchner’s drama “Woyzeck” (1836), which was found as a fragment in his papers posthumously, tells the story of a soldier who becomes the ...

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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: Friday 21. Dec. 2018

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

next performance: Sunday 11. Nov. 2018

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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 ...

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Stilles Meer | Toshio Hosokawa

A hill. The view broadens. The sea. Claudia stands here often recently, ever since her husband Takashi and her son Max died. Lanterns bobbing on the sea for the ...

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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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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 01. Dec. 2018

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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 ...

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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: Tuesday 12. Mar. 2019

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Senza Sangue/Herzog Blaubarts Burg | Péter Eötvös, Béla Bartók

After a long search, a young woman finds a man with whom her life is bound together by fate. As a young girl, she survived a murder attempt on her father and ...

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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 28. Nov. 2018

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Aida | Giuseppe Verdi

The opera “Aida”, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most well-known works, is set in the land of the Pharaohs. Aida, the beautiful daughter of the Ethiopian king, ...

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Faust | Charles Gounod

Even as a young man, Charles Gounod felt attracted by the story of Goethe’s “Faust”. For his opera composition, however, he was only interested in the ...

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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 ...

next performance: Tuesday 30. Oct. 2018

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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 ...

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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: Saturday 23. Feb. 2019

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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 ...

next performance: Saturday 22. Sep. 2018

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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 30. Sep. 2018

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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: Tuesday 02. Oct. 2018

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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 ...

next performance: Friday 12. Oct. 2018

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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: Tuesday 13. Nov. 2018

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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. ...

next performance: Sunday 18. Nov. 2018

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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 ...

next performance: Sunday 25. Nov. 2018

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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 ...

next performance: Wednesday 26. Dec. 2018

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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 07. Feb. 2019

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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: Sunday 24. Mar. 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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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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