Without neglecting our traditional repertoire, I endeavor each new season to widen the dance perspective for you, our audience, as well as for my dancers. With this in mind, the coming season might be called "The Classics". The premiere of Rudolf Nurejev's "Don Quixote" based on Marius Petipa's original choreography fits into this context as well as "Chopin Dances", an evening consisting of ballets by Jerome Robbins. As a choreographer, I'm looking forward to approaching an icon of classical music – Ludwig van Beethoven – whose 250th birthday will be celebrated in 2020 and whose music will be the starting point for a new full-length ballet.
Our next season's program offers a wide variety of repertoire favorites! Apart from my most recent creations ("Anna Karenina", "The Song of the Earth", "Turangalîla" and "Duse"), I would especially like to recommend "Lady of the Camellias" – a ballet whose 40th anniversary will be celebrated in 2018.
I wish you exciting performances with the Hamburg Ballet!
Artistic Director / Chief Choreographer
Ladies and gentlemen, dear audience!
In the theatre, it is by no means a matter of course that Artistic Directors invite their Managing Directors to contribute to the editorial. I was very happy at the opportunity, as it expresses esteem for those people at the State Opera whose work is not artistic, but whose constructive, creative and competent contributions every day help to reach our artistic goals of Opera and Ballet in an energetic fashion. Preparing for my position in Hamburg, I have already met many of these colleagues. I can only say that I am looking forward greatly to our collaboration. The Opera House is filled with a shared enthusiasm and a positive spirit which are infectious and motivational. May the good work within keep supporting the radiance that distinguishes the Hamburg State Opera on the outside.