325 years of Leipzig Opera
325 years of Leipzig Opera in 2018
The history of the Leipzig Opera can be traced back to 1693. As such, the Opera celebrates its 325th jubilee in 2018. Save the date! From 15 to 17 June 2018, this festival will be a weekend to remember!
The opera house on Brühl was as the third bourgeois music theatre in Europe, next to Venice and Hamburg. It opened on 8 May 1693. The Leipzig Opera is the roof of a three-pillared house which consists of the Opera, the Leipzig ballet and the "Musikalische Komödie". The program ranges from operas, "Spieloperas", operettas, and musicals to classic and modern ballet. Since 1840, the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has played all manner performances as well some selected ballets.
The present-day opera house on Augustusplatz was opened in 1960 as the only new GDR opera house, and is now a listed building under monument protection. It is a captivating closed architectural and artistic synthesis and has the charm of 50s-era interior design.
The works of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner receive especially prominent attention. Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung" was particularly successful under the leadership of artistic and music director Prof. Ulf Schirmer. In addition, the Leipzig Opera is the venue for the Wagner Festival, which draws many visitors and friends of Wagnerian music to the birthplace of its composer.
The Leipzig ballet is one of the most esteemed ballet companies in the world today. It has been led by chief choreographer Mario Schröder since the 2010/2011 season.