Staatsoper Hannover

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Staatsoper Hannover
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Staatsoper Hannover
General information
LocationHanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Coordinates52°22′24″N 9°44′27″E / 52.37333°N 9.74083°E / 52.37333; 9.74083Coordinates: 52°22′24″N 9°44′27″E / 52.37333°N 9.74083°E / 52.37333; 9.74083
Opened1852 (1852)
Renovated1948 (1948)
Design and construction
ArchitectGeorg Ludwig Friedrich Laves

Staatsoper Hannover is a German opera house and company in Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony. It is part of the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover (often referred to as simply Staatstheater Hannover), which puts on operas, stage productions, and concert programs.[1] It consists of the divisions Schauspiel Hannover, Staatsballett Hannover, Staatsorchester Hannover and Theatermuseum Hannover.[2] Its season runs from September to June.


The venue of Staatsoper Hannover is a theatre built in classical style between 1845 and 1852 based on a plan drawn by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves. The building was badly damaged in World War II and rebuilt in 1948. In 1985, the acoustics were improved, and between 1996 and 1998, the stage facilities were renovated.[citation needed]


Since 2019 the intendant of the company is Laura Berman,[3] replacing Michael Klügl.

The longest-serving Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the company was George Alexander Albrecht from 1965 to 1993. Karen Kamensek was GMD of the company, the first American and the first woman to hold the post, from 2011 to 2014.[4][5]

Since the 2020–2021 season, the GMD of the company is Stephan Zilias, whom the company named to the post in February 2020, following his debut with the company in the 2019–2020 season.[6]


The International Choreographic Competition Hannover has taken place at the theatre since c. 1982, and is the longest-running choreography competition in the world. It is organised by the Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover e.V.[7]




  1. ^ "Niedersaechsische Staatstheater Hannover GmbH". Bloomberg. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Staatsoper". Staatstheater Hannover (in German). Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  3. ^ A.J. Goldmann (27 June 2019). "A Boom, Finally, for John Adams Operas in Germany". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  4. ^ Carolin Neumann (2 February 2011). "Karen Kamensek, Dirigentin: "Eine Frauenquote in der Musik? Unmöglich!"". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  5. ^ Stefan Arndt (19 March 2014). "Kamensek verlässt Hannover". Hannoversche Allgemeine. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Stephan Zilias appointed General Music Director of Hannover State Opera" (Press release). Askonas Holt. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Choreography 36 – Choreography Competition Hannover". Choreography Competition Hannover. Retrieved 8 January 2022.
  8. ^ Rainer Wagner (22 September 2014). "Das ist der neue Kopf der Staatsoper". Hannoversche Allgemeine. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  9. ^ Stefan Arndt (14 June 2019). "Dirigent Ivan Repusic verabschiedet sich aus Hannover". Hannoversche Allgemeine. Retrieved 30 March 2021.

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