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Musical Theatre

Henryk Böhm, Jutta Böhnert; Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Alyona Rostovskaya; Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Ulysses

Opening night
Next event: 3.12.22
19:30 h
Rokokotheater Schwetzingen
Baroque opera in three acts by Reinhard Keiser

As the Moon Roars Through the Neckar Valley

First night this season
Next event: 13.12.22
20:00 → 21:35 h
Zwinger 1
Songs and texts from the Romantic exile of Schumann, Heine, Eichendorff and others

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Next event: 18.12.22
18:00 → 21:00 h
Marguerre-Saal
Opéra fantastique in five acts by Jacques Offenbach

Madama Butterfly

Next event: 30.12.22
19:30 → 22:20 h
Marguerre-Saal
Japanese tragedy in three acts by Giacomo Puccini

Rusalka

Next event: 15.1.23
19:00 → 22:10 h
Marguerre-Saal
Lyric fairy tale in three acts by Antonin Dvořak
New this season

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Ulysses

Henryk Böhm, Jutta Böhnert; Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Sunset Boulevard

The Love for the Three Oranges

Il barbiere di Siviglia

European Archive of Voices

Back this season

Rusalka

Alyona Rostovskaya; Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Madama Butterfly

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

As the Moon Roars Through the Neckar Valley

Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Musical Theatre and Opera

The musical theatre and opera category of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg comprises a singer ensemble and the opera choir (in addition to the extra choir and children’s choir) as well as the Philharmonisches Orchester, making up a separate category in its function as concert orchestra.

The musical theatre and opera repertoire comprises works from all musical eras, reaching from Baroque to contemporary musical theatre and genre operas, operettas as well as musicals. The annual Baroque festival Winter in Schwetzingen rediscovers forgotten treasures of the opera and stages them in Schwetzingen’s Palace Rokokotheater.

Dietger Holm

1st Kapellmeister and Deputy General Music Director
Go to Ensemble / Team Musical Theatre
Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Photo: Annemone Taake

The opera choir

The opera choir of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg puts on five to six new productions as well as two to three repertoire productions every season. It also stages concerts and forms part of bigger chorus and orchestra concerts, offering a broad ranged repertoire reaching from baroque operas during the festival Winter in Schwetzingen to world premieres as well as modern and contemporary works at Theater Heidelberg.
Members of the opera choir regularly take over smaller and bigger solo roles in opera productions.

23 singers belong to the opera choir of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg. An extra chorus of semi-professional singers supports them in bigger productions.

There is also a children’s and youth choir as well as a pre-choir to promote new singing talents.
The children’s and youth choir is part of the theatre’s opera productions on a regular basis. Solo parts (for children) are taken over by its members, for instance the three boys in Mozart’s »The Magic Flute«.

Michael Pichler has been directing the chorus since October 2019.

Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s philharmonic orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, has been part of the city’s theatre since 2005. It forms its own division, staging numerous concerts and accompanying opera productions. The orchestra shapes the city’s musical life with its stylistic flexibility stretching from Baroque to Modernity as well as a broad variety of concert formats. It has twice been honoured with the award for »best concert programme« by the association of German music producers, Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband, and places a strong emphasis on pedagogical music promotion. Since 2006, Heidelberg’s philharmonic orchestra has been engaging with historic staging methods as part of the festival Winter in Schwetzingen. As part of Heidelberg’s women artists’ award, the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis, and its concert programmes, the orchestra regularly reflects on the works of women composers.

The Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg was founded on 8th April 1889 as »Städtisches Orchester«.

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