The history of the State Opera dates back to the past and began in 1678, when the first public opera house in Germany was opened in Hamburg. Thanks to the Enlightenment, the art and culture of opera singing was to be made accessible to ordinary citizens from this time onwards.
From the end of the 17th to the middle of the 18th century, the Hanseatic city was known throughout Europe for its musical masterpieces. During the Second World War, the auditorium was completely destroyed in a bomb attack in 1943, but was renovated just a few years later.
Every year up to 380 performances are shown in the opera, which show historical as well as modern music theatre. The Opera piccola children’s opera series has been created for the little guests, in which the children are not only the spectators, but also perform live on stage. The young singers of the Hamburg State Opera also put their own productions on their feet every season, which they then perform in front of an audience. The performances are rounded off by concerts of the Hanseatic Philharmonic Orchestra. These offer the audience various chamber concerts throughout the season, some special concerts as well as the annual New Year’s Eve concert Salut. The State Opera’s repertoire is published each spring for the following season. An opera season starts with a big opening ceremony in August and lasts one year.