Bonn Opera House

Brief information

The Bonn Theatre offers own opera and theatre productions and serves as a host for international dance performances, concerts, lectures and special events and thus plays an important part in the cultural life in Bonn and the surrounding area. Since the 2013/2014 season, Dr. Bernhard Helmich is the general manager of the theatre, who, together with Andreas K. W. Meyer, opera director, Jens Groß, impresario, and chief conductor Dirk Kaftan forms the musical leading board. Rüdiger Fring is the managing director of the theatre. With the opera house, the theatre in Bad Godesberg, the workshop and the the mobile container, the Bonn Theatre has different venues where they can set different artistic focuses. Since the 2017/2018 season, there is a joint platform called “Portal” with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn for education projcets for young audience and families.

The Bonn Theatre opens its opera season 2020/2021 with “Staatstheater” by Maurizio Kagel (Premiere: September 13, 2020). “It is for sure one of the most important works of musical theatre in the post-war time, one of the most needed”, said the reviewer Hein-Josef Herbort after the world premiere in 1971. The premiere in Bonn was supposed to be on April 25, 2020, but had to be postponed due to the Corona crisis. Director Dr. Bernhard Helmich “does not find it astonishing that of all things this work turns out to be easily adaptable to the new restrictions”. Jürgen R. Weber made it his business to restage this work Corona-accordant and thus “more kagel-ish than Kagel would have ever dreamt it”. The orchestra, for example, will be on the stage and not in the orchestra pit.

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