BERLIN’S FOURTH OPERA HOUSE
is unique in the diverse cultural scene of the capital. Who else could look back on a productivity of 170 world premieres and debut performances in all genres in only 40 years? The NO is market leader and trademark for a vital, committed, and “deviced” musical theatre – opera is more than new productions of a known and limited repertory to which a few new commissioned works are occasionally added. The NO is living proof that musical theatre can and needs to be self-made in order to bring our own life experience and subject-matters onto the stage, thus making mutual experience and exchange possible.
As mentioned above, a theatre of that kind is a unique trendsetter in the operatic landscape of Berlin and Germany that is rich with forms, institutions, and subsidy. While the institutions commit themselves to answering the unchanging questions – meaning the interpretation of known works -, the NO goes the other way, asking new questions (inventing new pieces) and toying with possible answers.
AND WHAT’S BEHIND THE “NEUKÖLLNER OPER”?
– a team of theatre makers connected with the house and continuously working there
– undogmatic musical theatre. As an author- and premiere-oriented venue, it produces musical theatre in all genres and also in between them: with an open, dynamic and creative musical concept, including and combining both educational and entertaining formats
– plays that are thematically and organisationally developped both regionally and internationally
– plays for a broad audience beyond trendy niches
– up to 12 productions per year (predominantly world premieres and debut performances) in around 250 performances: commissioned opera compositions, opera adaptations, musical world premieres, new genres, co-productions and/or student productions with universities as well as musical theatre for families and “little ones”.
Neuköllner Oper is a private theatre, supported by the so-called conceptual grant of the Berlin Senate. Individual projects may be supported by GASAG, the Cultural Fund for the Capital (Hauptstadtkulturfonds), the German Federal Cultural Foundation, and other supporters.
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