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Musical Theatre

Franko Klisović, James Homann, Amira Elmadfa; Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Theresa Immerz, Elisabeth Wrede, Katarina Morfa, João Terleira, Ensemble; Foto: Susanne Reichardt


Theatre•Lovers UA
Next event: 12.7.24
19:30 → 21:45 h
Musical comedy based on a grotesque opera libretto by Kurt Schwitters / Music by Ludger Vollmer

Man of La Mancha

Next event: 18.7.24
20:30 → 23:10 h
Musical by Mitch Leigh, Dale Wasserman and Joe Darion

La Cenerentola

First night this season
Next event: 18.9.24
19:30 → 22:30 h
Comic opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini


Opening night
Next event: 23.11.24
19:30 h
Rokokotheater Schwetzingen
Opera in three acts by Johann Sigismund Kusser
New in season 2023/24

Eugen Onegin

Photo: Susanne Reichardt


Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Death in Venice

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Festive Opera Gala

Indre Pelakauskaite, Theresa Immerz, João Terleira, Ipča Ramanović; Photo: Susanne Reichardt


Franko Klisović, James Homann, Amira Elmadfa; Photo: Susanne Reichardt

La Cenerentola

Theresa Immerz, Elisabeth Wrede, Katarina Morfa, João Terleira, Ensemble; Foto: Susanne Reichardt
Back in season 2023/24

The Sacred Duck

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Sunset Boulevard

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Photo: Susanne Reichardt

Man of La Mancha

Photo: Susanne Reichardt
Extras 2023/24

»But I like to sing!«

Indre Pelakauskaite, Zlata Khershberg-Reith, Ariana Lucas; Photo: Susanne Reichardt

End of the world – and then?


Reading and Music: »Death in Venice«

New in season 2024/25


A Song Goes Round the World



Singin’ in the Rain



Back in season 2024/25

La Cenerentola

Theresa Immerz, Elisabeth Wrede, Katarina Morfa, João Terleira, Ensemble; Foto: Susanne Reichardt
Song Soirees 2024/25

1st Song soiree: »The Crown«

2nd Song soiree

3rd Song soiree

4th Song soiree

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.

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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«.

Virginie Déjos has been directing the chorus since September 2023.

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«.