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Baden-Baden Bayreuth Berlin Bonn Braunschweig Chemnitz Bremen Cologne Darmstadt Dortmund Dresden
Dusseldorf Essen Frankfurt Gelsenkirchen Halle Hamburg Hannover Karlsruhe Kassel Kiel Leipzig Luebeck
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  Baden-Baden

The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is Germany’s largest opera and concert house, with a 2,500 seat capacity. The new construction was architecturally integrated with the former Baden-Baden railway station - today encompassing the box office, Festspielhaus restaurant “Aida” and Children’s Music World “Toccarion” by the Sigmund Kiener Foundation - and was opened on 18 April 1998. Wilhelm Holzbauer of Vienna was the architect of the new construction. Following initial public start-up funding, the Festspielhaus successfully converted to become the first privately financed European opera and concert company. This had been the original objective.


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  Bayreuth

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus or Bayreuth Festival Theatre (German: Bayreuther Festspielhaus, pronounced [ˈbaɪ̯ʁɔʏ̯tɐ ˈfɛstʃpiːlˌhaʊ̯s]) is an opera house north of Bayreuth, Germany, dedicated solely to the performance of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner. It is the venue for the annual Bayreuth Festival, for which it was specifically conceived and built. Its official name is Richard-Wagner-Festspielhaus.


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The Margravial Opera House (German: Markgräfliches Opernhaus) is a Baroque opera house in the town of Bayreuth, Germany, built between 1744 and 1748. It is one of Europe's few surviving theatres of the period and has been extensively restored. On 30 June 2012 the opera house was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Photo: "Opéra des margraves intérieur Bayreuth" by Dbopp - Picture taken by me in August 2009. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

  

  Berlin

The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt square in the central Mitte district of Berlin housing the German orchestra Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Built as a theatre from 1818 to 1821 under the name of the Schauspielhaus Berlin, later also known as the Theater am Gendarmenmarkt and Komödie, its usage changed to a concert hall after the Second World War and its name changed to its present one in 1994.


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The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet. Since 2004 the Deutsche Oper Berlin, like the Berlin State Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Berlin State Ballet, and the Bühnenservice Berlin (Stage and Costume Design), has been a member of the Berlin Opera Foundation.


Photo: "Deutsche Oper Berlin. Ansicht von Südosten" by Manfred Brückels - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin State Opera) is a German opera company. Its permanent home is the opera house on the Unter den Linden boulevard in the Mitte district of Berlin, which also hosts the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra. Originally the Hofoper (court opera) from 1742, it was named Königliches Opernhaus (Royal Opera House) in 1844, and Staatsoper unter den Linden in 1918. It is also known as Deutsche Staatsoper, and short as Lindenoper. From 1949 to 1990 it was the state opera of East Germany. Since 2004 the Berlin State Opera belongs like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Berlin State Ballet and the Bühnenservice Berlin (Stage and Costume Design) to the Berlin Opera Foundation.


Photo: "Staatsoper Berlin Nacht" by JosefLehmkuhl - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The Berliner Philharmonie is a concert hall in Berlin, Germany. Home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the building is acclaimed for both its acoustics and its architecture. The Philharmonie lies on the south edge of the city's Tiergarten and just west of the former Berlin Wall, an area that for decades suffered from isolation and drabness but that today offers ideal centrality, greenness, and accessibility. Its cross street and postal address is Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße, named for the orchestra's longest-serving principal conductor. The neighborhood, often dubbed the Kulturforum, can be reached on foot from the Potsdamer Platz station. Actually a two-venue facility with connecting lobby, the Philharmonie comprises a Großer Saal of 2,440 seats for orchestral concerts and a chamber-music hall, the Kammermusiksaal, of 1,180 seats. Though conceived together, the smaller venue was added only in the 1980s.


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The Komische Oper Berlin is an opera company in Berlin, Germany, which specializes in German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. The opera house is located on Behrenstraße, just a few steps from the famous Berlin street Unter den Linden. Since 2004 the Komische Oper Berlin, like the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin State Ballet, and the Bühnenservice Berlin (Stage and Costume Design), has been a member of the Berlin Opera Foundation.


Photo: "Komische Oper Berlin interior Oct 2007 Zuschauerraum" by GryffindorThis panoramic image was created with Autostitch.Stitched images may differ from reality. - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

  Bonn

The Beethovenhalle is a concert hall in Bonn. It is the third hall in that city to bear the name of Bonn-born composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It  has become an emblem of the city and one of the most important buildings of contemporary Germany. As the earlier halls, it is characterized by an excellent acoustic and plays an important role in the preservation of Beethoven’s musical tradition. Furthermore it is the home of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. The opening and the final concert of the Beethovenfest takes place in the large hall, which seats about 2000 guests. Prominent artists from around the world regularly perform in the Beethovenhalle and it also hosts carnivals, exhibitions, celebrations, conferences and conventions such as AnimagiC.


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Theater Bonn (also known as the Stadttheater Bonn, theatre of the city of Bonn) is a theatrical organization that produces operas, musicals, ballets, plays, and concerts in Bonn, Germany. The organization operates several performance venues throughout the city.


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  Braunschweig

The Staatstheater Braunschweig is a theatre and opera house in Braunschweig, Germany. Joachim Klement has been the intendant there since 2010. The Staatstheater comprises musical theatre, modern dance and theatre. Owner of the Staatstheater Braunschweig is the State of Lower Saxony.


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  Bremen

Die Glocke (The Bell) is a concert hall in the centre of Bremen, Germany. Standing on the site of a building from the Middle Ages, it was designed by Walter Görig (1885–1974) and completed in 1928. Its elegant Art Deco design and excellent acoustics have been praised by a number of artists including Herbert von Karajan. In addition to classical concerts, Die Glocke is used for a variety of presentations including jazz concerts, cabaret, drama and lectures as well as special events for families and children. The large hall (Großer Saal) seats 1,400 while the small hall (Kleiner Saal) with 395 seats can also be used for receptions and meetings.


Photo: "DieGlocke-01" by Jürgen Howaldt - Own work (selbst erstelltes Foto). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 de via Wikimedia Commons

  

  Chemnitz

The Chemnitz Opera (Opernhaus Chemnitz) is an opera house and opera company in Chemnitz. The building, designed by the German architect Richard Möbius, was constructed between 1906 and 1909. Following its destruction during World War II, it was reconstructed between 1947 and 1951. It was renovated again in 1988 - 1992, and is considered to be one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. The house can accommodate 720 patrons.


Photo: "Opernhaus Chemnitz abends" by Andreas Praefcke - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

  

  Cologne

The Cologne Opera (German: Oper der Stadt Köln or Oper Köln) refers both to the main opera house in Cologne, Germany and to its resident opera company. The current Oper der Stadt Köln was designed by the German architect, Wilhelm Riphahn. It was inaugurated on 8 May 1957 in the presence of Konrad Adenauer, then the Chancellor of Germany and a former mayor of Cologne. The first opera to be performed there was Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon. In June of that year the house saw its first world premiere, Wolfgang Fortner's Die Bluthochzeit. The following month the opera company of La Scala appeared there on tour with Maria Callas in La sonnambula. The house has a seating capacity of 1,300 and an orchestra pit which can accommodate 100 musicians. It is part of an arts complex on Offenbachplatz[2] which includes the Schauspiel Köln (Cologne Playhouse), also designed by Wilhelm Riphahn and built in 1962. At the end of the 2009/2010 season, both theatres closed for extensive refurbishment and redevelopment. The opera house is due to reopen in November 2015.


Photo: "Opernhaus koeln" by Elke Wetzig (elya) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

   

  Darmstadt

The Staatstheater Darmstadt (Darmstadt State Theatre) is a theatre company and building in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany, presenting opera, ballet, plays and concerts. It is funded by the state of Hesse and the city of Darmstadt. Its history began in 1711 with a court theatre building. From 1919 it was run as Landestheater Darmstadt. The present theatre was opened in 1972 when the company was named Staatstheater.


Photo: "Darmstadt Georg-Büchner-Platz 05a Staatstheater" by Photo: Andreas Praefcke - Own work (own photograph). Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

  Dortmund

Theater Dortmund is a theatrical organization that produces operas, musicals, ballets, plays, and concerts in Dortmund, Germany. It was founded as the Stadttheater Dortmund in 1904. Supported by the German Government, the organization owns and operates several performance spaces. In 2010 the Ruhr district was a European Capital of Culture, Theater Dortmund is a partner of the related program RUHR.2010 in the fields Music and Theater and Dance.


Photo: "Dortmund Konzerthaus" by JosefLehmkuhl. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Opernhaus Dortmund is the opera house of Dortmund, Germany, which opened in 1966 and is formally operated by the Theater Dortmund organisation. This is the second opera house to exist in Dortmund, the first one having been built in 1904, but it was destroyed during World War I. The 1966 opera house was designed by architects Heinrich Rosskotten and Edgar Tritthart. The design separates the functions of the stage and technical areas in the Bühnenhaus (stage house), which is dominated by straight lines, from the auditorium under a thin-shell structure roof.


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  Dresden

The Semperoper is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Saxon State Opera) and the concert hall of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra). It is also home to the Semperoper ballet. The building is located near the Elbe River in the historic centre of Dresden, Germany. The opera house was originally built by the architect Gottfried Semper in 1841. After a devastating fire in 1869, the opera house was rebuilt, partly again by Semper, and completed in 1878. The opera house has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss


Photo: "Semperoper at night" by Sebastian Terfloth User:Sese_Ingolstadt - own work by User:Sese Ingolstadt, uploaded under a different name by User:X-Weinzar because the image was shadowed on DE-WP, original file was at Image:Semperoper.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

  Duesseldorf / Duisburg

The "Tonhalle Duesseldorf" It was built in 1926 as a planetarium, the biggest in the world at the point of construction. During the 1970s it was converted into a concert hall.


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The Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) is an opera company based in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. The opera also has an associated classical ballet company. Axel Kober has been its Music Director since 2009. After the 1875 construction of what became the Düsseldorf Opernhaus, a strong connection between the two cities’ opera houses existed from 1887 to 1920, and was not re-established until 1955 with the creation of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The company performs in the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, built in 1875. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed to officially re-open in 1956. Theater Duisburg, built in 1912, was completely destroyed, and rebuilt in 1950.


Photo: "Duisburg Oper Theater 2009 03 13" by Sir James - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Opernhaus Düsseldorf (English: Düsseldorf Opera House) is a theatre in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a venue of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as the Theater Duisburg in Duisburg. The connection between the two cities' opera houses existed between 1887 and 1920, but was not re-established until 1955. The house now seated 1,342 people.


Photo: "Opernhaus in Duesseldorf-Stadtmitte, von Suedwesten" by Wiegels - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

 Essen

The Aalto Theatre (in German officially Aalto-Musiktheater Essen) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Essen, Germany. It was opened on 25 September 1988 with Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The building is mainly used for opera and ballet performances; it also serves for concerts and gala events.


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