Theater Chemnitz

Theater Chemnitz is the municipal theatre organization of Chemnitz, Germany. Performances of opera, ballet, plays, symphonic concerts, and puppet theatre take place in its three main venues: the Opernhaus Chemnitz (for opera, ballet and musical theatre), the Stadthalle Chemnitz (for concerts), and the Schauspielhaus Chemnitz (for plays and puppet theatre). The award-winning opera company has produced a series of rarely performed works, and several German premieres. Its orchestra is named the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie.

Theater Chemnitz
Opernhaus Chemnitz
General information
LocationChemnitz, Saxony, Germany
Construction started1906 (1906)
  • 1947–1952
  • 1988–1992
Design and construction
ArchitectRichard Möbius

Opernhaus Chemnitz

Located at Theaterplatz 2 (50°50′18″N 12°55′27″E), the opera house (Opernhaus) was designed by the German architect Richard Möbius and built between 1906 and 1909. Following its destruction during World War II, it was reconstructed between 1947 and 1951. It was renovated again from 1988 to 1992,[1] [2] and is considered to be one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. It seats 720 people.[2]

Intendant Bernhard Helmich focused on the presentation of rarely played historic operas, such as Mascagni's Iris, Nicolai's Il templario and Die Heimkehr des Verbannten, Pfitzner's Die Rose vom Liebesgarten, Reznicek's Benzin, and Schreker's Der Schmied von Gent. Vasco de Gama, an early version of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, was named Wiederentdeckung des Jahres (Rediscovery of the year) in 2013 by the journal Opernwelt.[1] German premieres have included Jonathan Dove's Pinocchios Abenteuer, and both Love and Other Demons and Paradise Reloaded (Lilith) by Péter Eötvös.[1] Two productions received the German theatre award Der Faust in 2007: Prokofiev's Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, staged by Dietrich Hilsdorf, and the ballet Giselle M. in a choreography by Stephan Toss.[3][4]

Stadthalle Chemnitz

Located at Theaterstraße 3 (50°50′07″N 12°55′16″E), Stadthalle Chemnitz was built between 1969 and 1974 as a multi-purpose concert hall in the centre of the city. It was opened in 1974[5] and is the official home of the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, or short: Philharmonie. The orchestra performs a series of ten symphonic concerts there annually, as well as special concerts and chamber music performances. The orchestra also participates in opera, ballet, and musical theatre productions in the opera house.[6][7]

Schauspielhaus Chemnitz

Located at Zieschestraße 28 (50°49′44″N 12°55′53″E), the playhouse is a new building, opened in 1980, after the former house burnt down in 1976 and was demolished.[8][9] The repertory is focused on literary drama. Its smaller stage in the east wing, opened in 2011, is dedicated to the performance of premieres and contemporary theatre.[10]

A smaller stage within the playhouse, formerly Kleine Bühne, is the main venue for the Figurentheater. Performances are staged with traditional marionettes, hand puppets, and rod puppets, as well as with free-forms of artistic puppet theatre.[11]


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  2. Schaefer, Hansjürgen (29 December 1992). "Heute öffnet das Chemnitzer Opernhaus nach vierjähriger Rekonstruktion wieder seine Pforten" (in German). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. "Der Faust 2007" (in German). Der Faust. 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. "Preisverleihung: Doppelter "Faust" für die Theater Chemnitz" (in German). 28 November 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  5. "Stadthalle Chemnitz" (in German). Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. "Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie" (in German). Theater Chemnitz. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. "Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie" (in German). Chemnitz. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  8. Möller, Karl-Hans. Nicht ohne Narrheit: Geschichte in Geschichten von und über Hartwig Albiro (in German). Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg. pp. 118, 121.
  9. "Schauspielhaus" (in German). Chemnitz. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  10. Möller, Hans; Müller, Harald (2006). Theater für die Stadt Chemnitz: Die Intendanz Rolf Stiska 1992–2005 (in German). Theater der Zeit. ISBN 978-3-934344-71-6.
  11. "Figurentheater" (in German). Chemnitz. Archived from the original on 2017-08-21. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
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