The Staatsoperette Dresden

The State Operetta has arrived in Dresden’s new middle – since December 2016 the ensemble performs in the centre of town. Here, on the site of the old Kraftwerk Mitte, a theatre complex was built which combined the industry buildings which are protected as historical landmarks with modern, functional buildings. The central location in the inner city, the attractive venue and the versatile programme magically attracts the visitors since opening day.

Ein unglaublich sinnliches Erlebnis – jeden Abend

Ein Film von Raphael Howein
Operetta, Musicals and Opera in Dresden: The ensemble of the Dresden State Operetta is an expert for the cheerful and entertaining aspects of music theatre. The house is one of the few theatres in the German-speaking area, which has focused solely on this genre – now for over 70 years.
This means one thing for each ensemble member: they are all-round artists. Singers, choir, ballet as well as the members of the orchestra have the musical and acting ability to do the high demands of the diverse programme justice. Singers who can dance or dancers who can sing – this is not a rare sight in the Dresden State Operetta.

The repertoire includes beloved operetta classics »Frau Luna«, »The White Horse Inn« or »The Gypsy Princess« among others. The house also shows a remarkable range when it comes to musicals. Well known and famous musicals – starting in January 2019, »My Fair Lady« will be part of the programme again – but also brand new pieces can be found on the repertoire, like »Zzaun! - The Neighborly Musical« or »The Man Who Laughs« (premiere on 27. April 2019).
The third column of the repertoire is the opera. Pieces like »The Marriage of Figaro«, »The Magical Flute« and »Hansel and Gretel« can be seen at the Dresden State Operetta. Within that repertoire extension, ballet evening »María de Buenos Aires« by Astor Piazzolla was added in 2016/17. »The Threepenny Opera« followed in April 2018.

Core element is the educational work of the theatre. Extensive offers and projects (among them visits to orchestra rehearsals, training classrooms, preparation and follow-up workshops) playfully bring the world of the music theatre closer to children and young people.
Countless CD-productions (»Radiomusiken«, »Catch Me If You Can«, »Passion«, Johann-Strauss-Edition, »Wonderful Town«, »Zzaun!«) document the high levels of quality of the ensemble and further the national and international level of awareness of the house.

Working together with the musicology department of the University of Music »Carl Maria von Weber« Dresden, diverse academic conferences as well as a lecture series was organized. Conference transcript »Operette unterm Hakenkreuz« (2007/08) is now one of the reference books of operetta literature. Monographs like »The Firebrand of Florence«, »Orpheus in the Underworld« and »Wonderful Town« were added.

Particular mention is to be made for cooperation with other cultural institutions (Dresden Music Festival, Kurt Weill Festival Dessau) as well as youth development in collaboration with the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council and the University of Music »Carl Maria von Weber« Dresden.
Archtiekt Prof. Dr. Jörg Friedrich: Ein neues Theaterquartier für alle

The New House

The 700 seat hall has optimal acoustic conditions for the genres operetta and opera. For musicals, where voices and instruments are picked up by microphone, amplified and played back with speakers, a variable acoustic system was installed. Sound absorbing elements as well as extendable cloth sails and large inflatable cylinders made of special foil material were installed on the ceiling of the audience space.
This system reduces reverberation time and absorbs even the deepest frequencies.
The hall scores points with gradually rising audience rows, an excellent view from all 700 seats, air-conditioning and is, of course, barrier free.
A supertitle system makes it possible to read sung and spoken texts in German and English for specifically chosen productions.
The stage, with 396 m², is large enough to fully credit soloists, choir and ballet in their opulent costumes.
Side and backstage area are large enough for staging's to realize interesting and effective sets. The stage has a high drawing floor, a stage trolley with integrated hub and a rotating ring.
With the help of the electronic control system, diverse and surprising transformations are possible, like the prison in »The Bat«, which is rolled from backstage to the ramp in full view of the audience when the curtain is raised. The new trap doors make appearances and exits possible from the understage and has been used many times, also in »Frau Luna«.
The new orchestra pit has enough space for 65 musicians, who now – not like in the old venue – do not have to sit under a concrete slab with over half of their members, but for the first time
can hear and see the singers directly, to play and accompany them in a better way.