Opera Repertoire

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 24. Oct. 2020

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Nabucco | Giuseppe Verdi

Jerusalem has been occupied, the Jewish temple destroyed, the Hebrew nation abducted to enemy Babylon. In its Babylonian exile, the Jewish people’s struggle ...

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Katja Kabanova | Leoš 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 ...

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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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Così fan tutte | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Seeking to test their girlfriends’ fidelity, two men wager that they will remain steadfast. They subject the women to passionate onslaught, and in the end, ...

next performance: Thursday 24. Sep. 2020

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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: Wednesday 23. Dec. 2020

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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: Thursday 26. Nov. 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Cocooned in the past, the widower Paul has withdrawn from life.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 ...

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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 by Jacopo Ferretti, ...

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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 ...

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Orphée et Eurydice | Christoph Willibald Gluck

Eurydice is dead, a fact the man and artist Orpheus cannot accept. He demands her return. Indeed, the beauty of art and its power to transcend and destroy ...

next performance: Thursday 12. Nov. 2020

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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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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 11. Mar. 2021

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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 02. Dec. 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: Friday 05. Feb. 2021

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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: Sunday 31. May. 2020

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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: Saturday 30. May. 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: Tuesday 26. May. 2020

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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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Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) | Richard Wagner

Inspired by his romantic love for Mathilde Wesendonck, Richard Wagner created one of the most beautiful operas in music history. This season, the Hamburg State ...

next performance: Thursday 17. Sep. 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 them ...

next performance: Thursday 29. Oct. 2020

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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, ...

next performance: Saturday 09. Jan. 2021

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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: Tuesday 26. Jan. 2021

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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 in her marriage to ...

next performance: Saturday 20. Feb. 2021

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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 ...

next performance: Tuesday 09. Mar. 2021

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Macbeth | Giuseppe Verdi

Lady Macbeth has almost reached her goal: having incited her husband to murder King Duncan, she has become queen at Macbeth’s side. Her happiness, however, is ...

next performance: Wednesday 17. Mar. 2021

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Moscow, Cheryomushki | Dmitri Schostakowitsch

Is there any place more idyllic than a high-rise quarter, freshly built? Locked doors, corrupt civil servants, homelessness hovering like the sword of Damocles ...

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