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The Glass Menagerie

75 years after the triumph of "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway, John Neumeier immerses himself into the dream world of Tennessee's drama and transforms it – to the music of Charles Ives, Philip Glass and Ned Rorem – into a full-length ballet.  More...


The Nutcracker

It has become a tradition for ballet companies all over the world to perform Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" at Christmas time. John Neumeier's version of "The Nutcracker", however, avoids direct reference to Christmas. In his ballet, the central character Marie celebrates her twelfth birthday and is drawn by the mysterious ballet master Drosselmeier into the fascinating world of dance ... It is, in fact, a ballet about ballet itself.  More...


Christmas Oratorio I-VI

"As with the other sacred works, my intention is not to illustrate the biblical story, but rather to deal choreographically with the emotions intrinsic to the music and theme, creating, from today's point of view, my subjective vision in movement of the human situations expressed in Bach's music." (John Neumeier)  More...

TV-Premiere and Screening

Beethoven Project

Just in time for the beginning of the Beethoven Anniversary Year in 2020 the film version of John Neumeier's "Beethoven Project" will be first broadcasted by the German Channel SWR on Sunday, December 29 of 2019, at 10.35 pm! A movie screening at Hamburg State Opera is scheduled for Monday, January 20 of 2020, at 7 pm John Neumeier presents the recording recently taken at Festspielhaus Baden Baden. The new DVD/Blu-ray can be purchased at the signing session with John Neumeier after the screening. More...


Christmas Time at the Opera!

The Hamburg State Opera opens its doors once again for a very special Advent calendar. Protagonists from Opera, Ballet and Orchestra as well as various guests will present an artistic surprise to our visitors every day in the opera´s foyer from December 1 to 23 (5 pm, Sun. at 12 pm). Admission is free. Those who are very curious will find a hint for the evening's performance on the blog of the Opera each morning.


Ballet as a Christmas Gift

You are looking for a suitable Christmas present? Give your loved ones an evening of ballet, opera or concert – an experience that will last forever! Our gift subscriptions offer a pre-chosen combination of different performances. With a gift voucher, you leave the choice to the gifted. Happy giving!  More...


Journal No 2

November/December/January (in German)
 Prermiere: "Die Glasmenagerie". Repertoire: "Bernstein Dances", "Weihnachtsoratorium I–VI", "Der Nussknacker". Das Balletträtsel Nr. 1. Ensemble: Félix Paquet. You will find the Journal at the box office or here as downloadArchives...


Toi the Ballet with the "freiKartE"

Freshmen of Hamburg watch out: Your personal "freiKartE" is enclosed with the semester documents as a welcome gift at the start of your studies. From October 1 to January 31, all performances can be attended free of charge according to availability - with the exception of premieres and special events. Simple: Tickets are available directly at our box office. New and even easier: Tickets can be booked online 12 hours before the performance starts. Welcome to Hamburg and see you soon!  More...

New in our Shop

Calendar for 2020

Hot off the press: Our Calendar 2020! Whether for home or as a gift: The calendar features exquisite photographs by Kiran West. The dynamic images capture company performances from John Neumeier's ballets "Beethoven Project", "All Our Yesterdays", "Saint Matthew Passion", "Bernstein Dances" and "Nijinsky" amongst others. In addition to the well-known large-format wall calendar, there is now also a smaller desk calendar for the year 2020!  Online Shop

DVD & Blu-ray

John Neumeier Collection

The John Neumeier Collection presents four ballets by John Neumeier. These ballets, selected in honor of his 80th birthday, are a must-have addition to any DVD/Blu-ray collection. Featured works include "The Little Mermaid" (San Francisco Ballet), "Tatiana", "Christmas Oratorio I-VI" and "Nijinsky". In addition, the prize of the book "In Bewegung" is reduced to 50 €!  Online Shop

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