The 2016 International May Festival officially kicked off last night with an opening ceremony led by Artistic Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg and Mayor Sven Gerich in the Foyer of the Großes Haus. Festivalgoers can look forward to a month of awe-inspiring theatre, with operatic greats such as Matti Salminen and José Cura set to grace the stage, and visiting productions from some of Germany’s most celebrated stages – including Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, the Berliner Ensemble and Vienna’s Burgtheater – heading for Wiesbaden. For dance fans, there are productions by the Batsheva Dance Company, Ballett am Rhein (with a new piece by Martin Schlepfer) and zero visibility corp. from Oslo, while the Youth Week towards the end of May offers a varied programme of international theatre catering specifically for children and young adults.
Bookings for the 2016/2017 theatre season have opened! As from today, tickets for the following events are available both online and from the Box Office: all performances taking place in the Großes Haus (except those in the “Ring” subscription series), the symphony concerts, as well as the premieres (opening nights) of the Drama and JUST divisions. “Ring” subscriptions for Wagner’s Ring Cycle are available at the Subscriptions Office. More information regarding the cycle, which will be directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg, is available here
New season schedule released
The new 2016/2017 season schedule was presented by Intendant Uwe Eric Laufenberg in the Wiesbaden State Theatre's beautiful foyer today. "This season, six separate season booklets reflect the theatre's great diversity", he said. These freshly printed booklets - five for each of the theatre's divisions and a separate service booklet - contain an extensive programme with many highlights, including Wagner's vast Ring Cycle.
Bookings for the 2016 International May Festival now open
The queues started early this morning already, with some loyal theatregoers waiting from as early as 06:00 to secure the best seats for the highlights of the 2016 International may Festival. The Box Office doors opened at 09:00 sharp.
The programme of the 2016 International May Festival (Maifestspiele) was revealed at a press conference on 10 February 2016 in the Großes Haus Foyer. The Wiesbaden State Theatre will once again open its doors to “welcome the world to Wiesbaden” for an exciting festival programme, jam-packed with world-renowned singers, celebrated drama ensembles and first-rate dance companies, featuring no less than 50 performances.
Due to popular demand, the Geschwister Pfister return to the Großes Haus on 11 December with their show "Wie wär's, wie wär's – Geschwister Pfister in Tuscany
". In addition, Andreja Schneider (aka Fräulein Schneider) will be playing the role of Mrs. Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper
on 22 and 28 December and, of course, the whole trio is still on stage in the operetta Der Graf von Luxemburg
until March 2016.
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Looking back on a successful opening season
In his editorial to the first issue of the new magazine, ballet director Tim Plegge describes the newly-established Hessian State Ballet's first season journey as "a launch pad from which we simply sky-rocketed". The publication is jam-packed with visuals from the company's own productions and guest performances, as well as an introduction to the artists-in-residence, choreographers and an overview of the new season's productions. Download or browse the magazine online, by following one of the links below.
This year’s opening event, our annual Theatre Festival, was a resounding success, with a total of 4,146 tickets sold for the various productions programmed in the upcoming season. Apart from the Christmas production “Das doppelte Lottchen”
, the bestsellers of the day were Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer”
, Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s new production of “Otello”
, the first ballet of the season, “Weltenwanderer”
, the new Youth State Musical production “Zwei hoffnungslos verdorbene Schurken”
, as well as the operetta “Der Graf von Luxemburg”
, the new production of “Hänsel und Gretel”
and the play “Buddenbrooks”
We are delighted that around 8,000 visitors came to the theatre to find out more about our upcoming productions and to take a peek behind the scenes.
Photos: Sven-Helge Czichy