direction of Florian Lutz, Michael von zur Mühlen and Dr. Veit
Güssow, the Halle Opera stands for music theatre with its finger on
the pulse of time, aesthetic contemporaneity and artistic engagement
with (urban) society. In addition to new readings of the repertoire,
last season by Peter Konwitschny, Paul-Georg Dittrich and Tobias
Kratzer, among others, the house commissions at least one premiere
per season, so far by Sarah Nemtsov and Johannes Kreidler, among
others, and currently a new work by Ole Hübner in cooperation with
the Munich Biennale for New Music Theatre. As “one of the most
exciting music theatre houses in Germany” (DIE ZEIT, 2017),
Halle Opera has received, among others, the German theatre prize DER
FAUST 2017 for Sebastian Hanak’s space stage HETEROTOPIA and the
theatre prize of the German government 2019.
For more than a hundred years, the Wuppertal Opera has been looking
back on an eventful history, both architecturally and artistically.
“To make opera in the consciousness of the 21st century world –
that is our claim”, says artistic director Berthold Schneider.
For example, the “Sound of the City” festival organised by
Wuppertal Opera brings together the city’s opera and music scenes.
The ensemble’s high artistic level is confirmed by the annual NRW
critics’ poll conducted by the Welt am Sonntag, among others, where
Wuppertal Opera repeatedly received nominations in the categories
“best production”, “best opera house”, “best
singers and conductors”, and “best orchestra”. Since
the 2017/18 season, the internationally sought-after conductor Julia
Jones has been General Music Director of the Wuppertal Opera.
The Theater Bremen is a municipal theater with supra-regional importance. It comprises four sections: music theatre, drama, dance and children’s and youth theatre with the four venues Theater am Goetheplatz, Kleines Haus, Brauhaus and Brauhauskeller. Each season there are more than 30 premieres with 600 performances, but also concerts and parties. In the introductions to the plays, audience discussions after the performances and discussion series, direct dialogue with the audience is guaranteed.