Staatsoper Hannover

Coordinates: 52°22′23″N 9°44′25″E / 52.373193°N 9.740371°E / 52.373193; 9.740371 (Hanover Opera House)
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Hanover State Opera
Native name
Staatsoper Hannover
Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover GmbH
Key people
  • Laura Berman
  • Stephan Zilias
ParentHanover State Theatre
Building details
Opernhaus Hannover
The opera company is resident in Hanover Opera House, seen here from the northwest.
General information
AddressOpernplatz 1
Town or cityHanover, Lower Saxony
Coordinates52°22′23″N 9°44′25″E / 52.373193°N 9.740371°E / 52.373193; 9.740371 (Hanover Opera House) Edit this at Wikidata
Opened1852; 171 years ago (1852) Edit this at Wikidata
  • 1948–1950
  • 1985
  • 1996–1998
Design and construction
Architect(s)Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves Edit this at Wikidata

Hanover State Opera (German: Staatsoper Hannover) is an opera company in Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony, Germany. The company is resident in the Hanover Opera House (Opernhaus Hannover), and is part of a publicly-funded umbrella performing arts organisation called Hanover State Theatre of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover), or simply Hanover State Theatre (Staatstheater Hannover).

Hanover State Theatre comprises the following divisions that put on operas, stage productions, and concert programs,[1] in addition to maintaining a theatre museum, with seasons running from September through to June.[2]

  1. Hanover Drama (Schauspiel Hannover)
  2. Hanover State Opera
  3. Hanover State Ballet (Staatsballett Hannover)
  4. Hanover State Symphony Orchestra (Staatsorchester Hannover)
  5. Hanover Theatre Museum (Theatermuseum Hannover)

Hanover Opera House[edit]

Hanover State Opera is resident in the Hanover Opera House, built in classical style between 1845 and 1852 based on a plan by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves. The building was rebuilt from 1948 after being badly damaged by the aerial bombings of Hanover during World War II. In 1985, the acoustics were improved, and between 1996 and 1998, the stage facilities were renovated.[citation needed]

The International Choreographic Competition Hannover has taken place at Hanover Opera House since the early 1980s, and is the longest-running choreography competition in the world. It is organised by the Ballet Association of Hanover (Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover).[3]


The current intendant of the opera company is Laura Berman, [de ][4] replacing Michael Klügl in 2019. The current general music director (Generalmusikdirektor) of the opera company is Stephan Zilias, named to the post in February 2020 following his debut with the opera company in the 2019–2020 season.[5]

Past general music directors are:

The longest-serving general music director of the opera company was George Alexander Albrecht, from 1965 until 1993. The first woman, and first American, to hold the post of general music director was Karen Kamensek, from 2011 until 2014.[8][9]


Notable people[edit]


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

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