Located at the Augustusplatz, in front of the building of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Opera is one of the oldest operas in Europe that was established in 1693. During the World War II, the building was destroyed, however, it was reconstructed and the grand opening was held on the 8th of October, 1960. The Opera does not have its own orchestra, however the world-renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra has been performing there since 1840.
Nowadays, three diverse theatre groups act in the Leipzig Opera: opera, ballet troupes, and the troupe of the Musical Comedy.
The Musical Comedy Theater leads its story from the Operetta Theater that was founded at the beginning of the 20th century. It occupied the site of the “Old Theater” that was free after moving the Opera to the “New Theater”. As part of the Leipzig Opera, the Musical Comedy Theater officially became in 1990. The small theatre troupe of Musical Comedy of 15 artists involves the students from The University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in their performances.
The Leipzig Opera House has the Big Hall and the Chamber Hall named after Richard Wagner. The Chamber plays the role of a gallery: a lot of pictures and photographs are on the walls here. The lectures and some concerts are conducted in this hall from time to time.
The Opera House has everything to make the performances spectacular and affecting: the best conductors, orchestra, choreographers and dancers, troupes, as well as it is equipped with moving platforms, revolving base plate and many others necessary facilities to make the plays incredible!
Besides the classical plays, starting from 2009 with the coming of choreographer Mario Schröder, who continued the tradition of experimental ballet, the world saw such brilliant performances as “Jim Morrison” and “Chaplin”.
All performances presented in the Opera are always spectacular, exceptional, and soulful! Be sure to see “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti. The opera became one of his most successful works, where the astounding bel canto arias make the audience plunge into the feelings of heroes.
The 10th and 12th of December 2017, there will perform the famous children's opera “Hansel and Gretel” based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale.
In December 2017, the Leipzig Opera House will present “Rusalka” by Antonín Dvořák. It is full of magic and fantasy, which comes from the traditional Slavic fables and myths.
The management put on the full cycle of “The Ring of the Nibelung”, the epic music drama in four parts composed by Richard Wagner.
The building is situated in the central part of the city. You can get to the Opera by tramway numbers 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16. The stop's called Augustusplatz.
The Musical Comedy Theater house is located on Dreilindenstrasse 30. To get there, take the trams’ numbers 3, 7, 8 or 15 and get off the tram on the Strassenbahnhof Angerbrucke stop. It will take five minutes’ walk to reach the theater.
Your ticket and seat reservation to the Leipzig Opera is your travel ticket as well in the city public transport. It is valid three hours before a performance and three hours after it.
If you come by car, there is a chargeable underground parking at Augustplatz. So, if you buy the parking ticket in advance, it will cost you €4.00 (€5,00 from July), while if you buy the parking ticket before the performance’s start, the price is €4.50 (€5,50 from July).
It is recommended purchasing the parking ticket beforehand to avoid the queues.
The guests of the Musical Comedy Theatre have a possibility to park their vehicles behind the Theater house free of charge. From Monday to Saturday, the car park is open from 4.30 p.m., and on Sunday and during National Public Holidays, the car park for visitors is open from 1.30 p.m.
The ticket to any Leipzig Opera’s performance can be purchased in the cash office in the house of the opera that is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. You can also order a ticket by telephone calling + 49 (0)341 1261261.
Use the convenient payment by money transfer or by Mastercard, Visa-Card, and American Express credit card.
Children under the age of 12 have a 50% discount off the standard price; schoolchildren, students, and trainees have a 40% discount; people with disabilities get a 30% discount off the standard price.
Be attentive that the tickets to guest performances, on New Year’s Eve, to premieres and specially priced events are purchased at full price for all categories of visitors.
Due to the central location of the Opera and the Musical Comedy Theater, it makes it easy to get to the places. There are several comfortable hotels not far from there, which offer accommodation for any taste and budget. The four-star Hotel Markgraf with free parking service is situated within walking distance from the Augustusplatz. It offers comfortable single rooms, superior rooms and apartments in a quiet place of Leipzig.
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Budget inn or first-class hotel – any kind of accommodation can be found in close vicinity to the Leipzig Opera.
For cost-conscious travelers to Leipzig, we could highlight the pretty Via City Hotel, which is located on one of the most popular streets of the city − the Karl-Liebknecht street. From this spot it is easy to get to the Leipzig Opera: it will take just 20 minutes by foot.
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