Musicals, Operas and Concerts
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Musicals, operas and concerts – there is something for everyone. Upcoming events are announced in the daily newspapers, city magazines or city event calendars posted in the internet.
Whether you're an opera lover or not, you should at least experience this form of music theatre once in your life. Opera is very popular in Germany, so you will never have to travel far to enjoy an evening of Verdi, Mozart, Puccini or Wagner. All major cities have an opera house and all their productions are of a high standard. Interesting alternatives include live open-air operas, such as at Schloss Rheinsberg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, or "indoor" operas like the Semper Oper in Dresden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München in Munich or the Konzerthaus Berlin.
You can go to a concert practically every day and can be sure to find something of interest. Opportunities range from world renowned classical orchestras, such as at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Dresden, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and so much more. From small open air concerts to big festivals, e.g. “Rock am Ring” with more than 160.000 visitors every year, you will find something for every taste. Germany is also a nation of choir singers. There are some 65,000 choirs and about three million singers. These choirs benefit from the excellent acoustics in churches and give a wide range of other concerts, including open-air events. Not to forget the university choirs, of course.
If you love musicals, Germany's the place for you. Musicals are staged in all major cities, featuring international musical ensembles on tour. Besides these groups, Germany also has a number of “musical cities” – Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Bochum, Stuttgart and Essen – which have their own musical theatres specially designed to stage the world’s most famous musicals, such as “The Lion King”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express” and “Mamma Mia”.