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Anna Karenina

Thomas Mann once named Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" "the greatest social novel of world literature." When reading the novel, John Neumeier was deeply fascinated by Tolstoy's work: not only by the main characters and the plot, but also by the extraordinary variety of thematic connections. It is a story of three families. More...


Préludes CV

Don't try to understand this ballet. It has no "story" (that I could tell you) aside from the many stories that you yourself might sense, remember, or recognize while hearing this music and seeing the accompanying movement images. Surely, each of you might suggest very different stories... More...


Young Choreographers

On April 20 and 21, 2024, divided into two different programs, the "Young Choreographers" will present their brand new works. After several appearances in the opera stable, they are changing venues this year and appearing in Hamburg's newest stage, the LichtWark Theater in Bergedorf. The modern theater in southeast Hamburg is part of the KörberHaus, which opened in December 2022. Advance sales for both programs start on February 12 at 11.00 am. More...


On Tour to the Nervi Festival

To mark the glittering conclusion of John Neumeier's 51-year era as Chief Choreographer and Director of the Hamburg Ballet, the company will make a guest appearance at the international Nervi Music Ballet Festival 2024 on July 19 and 20. On the initiative of Genoese First Soloist Jacopo Bellussi, designated Artistic Director of the Nervi Ballet Festival from 2025, the Hamburg Ballet will present John Neumeier's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the open-air theatre in the enchanting setting of the Nervi Parks. The Nervi Music Ballet Festival continues the great tradition of the historic Nervi Ballet Festival founded by Mario Porcile in 1954, which was one of the most important festivals on the European dance scene until the early 2000s. The Hamburg Ballet was a guest at the Nervi Ballet Festival in 1996 with the ballets "The Odyssey" and "Romeo and Juliet". More...


Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer-Prize 2024

The bass Alexander Roslavets and the dancer Ana Torrequebrada are the recipients of this year's Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer Prize. The Eduard Söring Prize goes to Sebastian Deutscher. The prizes, each worth 8,000 euros, will be awarded on April 13, 2024 as part of the Opera Dinner by the Foundation for the Promotion of the Hamburg State Opera. When choosing the award winners, the Opera Foundation follows the recommendations of the opera director Georges Delnon, the ballet director Professor John Neumeier and the Hamburg general music director Kent Nagano. More...


Demis Volpi First Season

Dear Audience, For my first season as Artistic Director of the Hamburg Ballet, I have decided to shape it with the idea of a "prologue" in mind. A prologue is not a first chapter, but rather a gradual introduction of ideas and intentions. Not everything is immediately apparent; a seed is planted so that it can grow and develop. An artistic change after 51 years means a significant adjustment for everyone involved – for the company, for all staff members, and, of course, for the audience. It is important for us to give time for the new to develop, with everyone together, so that the new also feels familiar and like it belongs. More...


Season 2024/25

The program for the upcoming season 2024/25 under the Artistic Direction of Demis Volpi has been released. Three premieres: "The Times Are Racing" (Pina Bausch, Hans van Manen, Demis Volpi, Justin Peck), "Slow Burn" (Aszure Barton, William Forsythe) and "Demian" (Demis Volpi). One revival: "Death in Venice" (John Neumeier). Find here the online season's schedule, the ballet brochure (PDF), a calendar to print (PDF), the iCalendar and the subscriptions and services brochure. The ticket sales for the 2024/25 season starts on Monday, June 17, 2024 at 11.00 am. Artistic Staff / Administration 2024/25. More...


The 2024/25 season for children, teenagers and young adults

Would you like to know how dancers work at the theater and what actually happens in rehearsals? Would you like to take a look behind the scenes at the Hamburg Ballet and find out details that make watching even more exciting? Or even take your first dance steps yourself? Our "jung" program around Patenklassen, KantinenTalk, BallettTester*innen, BallettInsider*innen, family and youth introductions is going into a new round! A matinee performance especially for schools offers a family-friendly program in which pupils can experience children and adolescents of the same age on stage. More...


Subscribe now for the 2024/25 season

All subscriptions are available from the Hamburg State Opera's Ticket Office via our online-shop starting Tuesday 19 at 11.00 pm. Your advantages: price advantage, your favorite place, transferable tickets and free transport with the HVV. You can reach the subscription service by email at or by phone under this number (040) 35 68 68 or by fax at (040) 35 68 610. We would be happy to advise you! Subscribe...


"Building a world". John Neumeier's Mahler Ballets

John Neumeier wrote ballet history with "Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler" – at a time when he had been director in Hamburg for less than two years. The Mahler ballets became a lifelong theme, which Dr. Jörn Rieckhoff vividly traces in his lecture using illustrative documents from the John Neumeier Foundation. More...


Kirsten Fehrs and John Neumeier at the St. Michael's Church

After the successful performances of the "Saint Matthew Passion" as part of the anniversary season, St. Michael's Church Pastor Dr. Stefan Holtmann came up with the idea for an evening of discussions with John Neumeier. On July 8 he will be together with Bishop Kirsten Fehrs, moderated by Dr. Jörn Rieckhoff, talk about the diversity of his religiously inspired ballets. More...


"Dona Nobis Pacem" and "Ghost Light" on TV

The Franco-German cultural channel arte broadcasted the ballet film "Dona Nobis Pacem" for the first time on January 22, 2024. Now the ballet film directed by Myriam Hoyer can be viewed in the arte media library until April 19, 2024, as well as "Ghost Light" until April 20. The DVD/Blu-ray are also available in our online shop.

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50 Years of Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

We have waited a long time for it, finally it is here! To celebrate John Neumeier's anniversary, Henschel Verlag has published the illustrated book "50 Years of Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier". With the help of hundreds of photographs, some of which have never been published before, the illustrated book looks back on half a century of relentless, artistic vision-driven, unique work by the dancer, ballet director and exceptional choreographer John Neumeier. This illustrated biography pays tribute to John Neumeier, his creativity and his unforgettable, magnificent ballets. More...

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Current Program Booklets

Are you going to the ballet soon? Would you like to find out more about the piece in advance and read up on the topic? In our online shop you have the opportunity to order all current season programs online. You can find a list of the current program booklets here


Journal No 5

April/May/June | Repertoire: "Die Glasmenagerie", "Préludes CV", "Dritte Sinfonie von Gustav Mahler", "Anna Karenina" und "Dona Nobis Pacem". Ensemble: Alessandro Frola. Das Hamburg Ballett in Kopenhagen und Nervi. Ballett mit Bundespräsident. Leute: Wiederaufnahme – "Odyssee", 85. Geburtstag von John Neumeier. You will find the Journal here as download. Archives...


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Cast Changes

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