instabile 20|21

Opening the Season

Once again, our first premiere of the season, Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov", will be transmitted onto a large-scale screen on Jungfernstieg. All viewers who cannot experience the piece inside the opera house, or simply prefer the stone steps to an upholstered seat, are invited to enjoy the casual atmosphere of an opera that is free and outside. This transmission, a delayed broadcast of the premiere at the opera house, has been made possible by the Binnenalster Filmfest and our partners Citymanagement Hamburg, the association "Verein lebendiger Jungfernstieg e.V." and the Filmfest Hamburg. The delayed broadcast of the premiere of "Boris Godunov" will also be screened on Rathausplatz in Harburg and in Bergedorf at the Marktkauf-Center. The audience on Jungfernstieg can also enjoy a participation project which we conceive every year for each specific opera, inviting all the citizens of Hamburg to take part actively and creatively. Presumably, Mussorgsky's most well-known work is the orchestral "Pictures at an Exhibition", in which paintings with evocative titles are brought to musical life. What might these pictures look like "for real", recreated by living people? That is where you come in. Our website will tell you in time how the project, which we have entitled "MoinBoris!", will unfold in detail. One week later, on September 12, the three best pictures will be presented and awarded a prize during Hamburg's Theatre Night.

Before the Premiere

Since last season, this new format has replaced the introductory matinees. You will witness the first part of a so-called "Bühnenorchesterprobe", a 90-minute orchestra rehearsal on stage in the original sets. At 6 pm, an hour before the rehearsal begins, the piece and the story will be introduced in the 2nd tier foyer by the dramaturge, director or another member of the production team. After the rehearsal, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The price of admission also includes a drink.
Boris Godunov – Friday, 28. Aug. 2020, 6 pm
Die Fledermaus – Montag 12. Oct. 2020, 6 pm
Manon – Montag 18. Jan. 2021, 6 pm
Lucia di Lammermoor – Montag 1. March 2021, 6 pm
Der Freischütz – Montag 12. April 2021, 6 pm
Agrippina – Monday, 17. May 2021, 6 pm

An Introduction to the Work

For selected performances, we offer an introduction to the work 40 minutes before the performance at the 2nd tier foyer. (in German)

Opera Forum

This partnership between Hamburg University and the Hamburg State Opera sets out to explore interesting and surprising contexts and interrelations between opera and science. The culture of knowledge and the culture of performance embark upon a dialogue. Selected operas inspire academics to discuss subjects through which operas explicitly relate to our own times.

Opera Report

The music journalist, critic and expert author Jürgen Kesting introduces "Boris Godunov" with the help of current and historical recordings.
Monday, 31. Aug. 2020, 7:30 pm, opera stabile

The musical theatre dramaturge, art historian and literary scholar Dr. Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach will contextualize "Manon" in text, portraiture and music, using lots of images and recordings. The actor and voice-over artist Wolfgang Häntsch, known chiefly for his work in film and television, will bring selected passages to life.
Thursday, 28. Jan. 2021, 7:30 pm, opera stabile

Opera Workshop

The music journalist Volker Wacker offers a two-day compact seminar giving comprehensive insights into selected premiere productions and repertoire pieces.
Boris Godunov – 04./05. Sept. 2020
Manon – 22./23. Jan. 2021
Lucia di Lammermoor – 05./06. Mar. 2021
Macbeth – 12./13. Mar. 2021
Der Freischütz – 16./17. April 2021
Agrippina – 21./22. May 2021


Once again, we invite you to "AfterWork" this season. On selected Friday evenings, enjoy the beginning of the weekend between 6 and 7 pm at the opera stabile, where artists of the Hamburg State Opera and guests devote themselves to a wide variety of subjects through music, language and performance.
18. Sept. 2020
09. Oct. 2020
23. Oct. 2020
13. Nov. 2020
04. Dec. 2020
08. Jan. 2021
29. Jan. 2021
05. Mar. 2021
30. April 2021
21. May 2021

Opera Legends

Music journalist Hans-Jürgen Mende and the State Opera invite legends of the opera: great singers looking back on eventful and successful careers talk about their lives, their vocal and personal development, illustrated with musical examples. Life, history and opera, all wrapped into one. Excerpts from CDs or DVDs stir memories. So far, featured guests have included Franz Grundheber, Edda Moser, Reri Grist, Hanna Schwarz, Peter Seiffert, Siegfried Jerusalem, Anja Silja, Brigitte Fassbaender and others.
Dates (all events start at 7 pm):
05. Oct. 2020
11. Jan. 2021
01. Feb. 2021
03. May 2021

Metropolis Cinema

We are delighted that the cooperation between the State Opera and the Metropolis Cinema right next door continues into its fourth year. It features films with an interesting thematic connection to certain operas.

Patron Network

The Hamburg Opera is a place of encounter. We wish to encourage such encounters, and will continue to provide selected free tickets to refugees as part of our Patron Network. Together with our partners, Kulturleben Hamburg and the Hamburger Kulturschlüssel, we also offer tickets to opera and ballet performances to socially disadvantaged persons.

CD Shop

Located inside the parquet foyer, our shop allows operagoers to browse CDs featuring singers they may just have heard on stage, whose repertoire they want to know more about. You might also find DVDs from productions of other opera houses in order to compare different directors' interpretations.

Literary-Musical Advent Calendar

From December 1 to 23, the State Opera opens the doors of a special advent calendar. Every afternoon, an artistic surprise awaits visitors inside the foyer. Singers, dancers and musicians, both ensemble members and guests from Hamburg, present stories, poems and songs – you might hear Christmas classics or unknown discoveries. Admission is free!

A Nightcap with ...

"Night·cap, a last drink before bedtime." Care to share a nightcap with us? Of course! Come to the Stifter-Lounge after the performance for one last drink. Here, at the cosiest place in the opera house, on selected evenings we recap and relive the evening, and might even have exciting visitors!

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