Since its opening in 1959, the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, or “MiR” for short, has been considered one of the outstanding theatres of the post-war period. Since the 2008/09 season it has been under the direction of General Director Michael Schulz. The MiR stages up to 20 productions per season. Gelsenkirchen’s involvement with contemporary music and contemporary music theatre goes back to the 1970s to the “Studio for Experimental Music” led by Carla Henius. In addition to the classical repertoire of opera, operetta and musicals and its own productions with reference to the region, the MiR has also devoted itself in depth to forms of contemporary music theatre to this day. With Kötter/Seidl’s project “ingolf”, the MiR was already a partner theatre of the Experimental Music Theatre Fund in the 2016/17 season.
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.