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Categories Opera
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 10,000
Reach: 20,000 [1]
First issue 1960
Company Friedrich Berlin Verlag / Klett Gruppe
Country Germany
Based in Berlin
Language German
Website www.opernwelt.de
ISSN 0030-3690

Opernwelt (Opera World) is a monthly German magazine for opera, operetta and ballet.

Opera artform combining sung text and musical score in a theatrical setting

Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theater. Such a "work" is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.

Operetta opera genre

Operetta is a genre of light opera, light in terms both of music and subject matter.

Ballet form of performance dance

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet.


The magazine covers news about current performances; it presents portraits of composers and performers, articles about opera houses and performance spaces, and about contemporary and historical subjects from the world of opera and classical music. It reviews recordings and books and publishes monthly schedules of German and international opera houses. The magazine's website offers full text search for past issues. A year book is published every October.

Opera house theatre building used for opera performances

An opera house is a theatre building used for opera performances that consists of a stage, an orchestra pit, audience seating, and backstage facilities for costumes and set building.


Each year since 1994, at the end of the season, the magazine sponsors a jury of 50 critics to select the best in several categories:

They are usually selected from German-speaking countries, Austria, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland. In 2011, La Monnaie received the accolade, the first time it has been given to a non-German speaking house. [3]

La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, Belgium

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in French, or The Koninklijke Muntschouwburg in Dutch, is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.

Opera house of the year

YearOpera house
1993 Leipzig Opera [4]
1994 Staatsoper Stuttgart
1995 Oper Frankfurt
1996Oper Frankfurt
1997 Hamburg State Opera
1998Staatsoper Stuttgart
1999Staatsoper Stuttgart
2000Staatsoper Stuttgart
2001 Graz Opera
2002Staatsoper Stuttgart
2003Oper Frankfurt
2004Die deutschen Stadttheater
(the German municipal theatres, collectively)
2005Hamburg State Opera
2006Staatsoper Stuttgart
2007 Oper Bremen and Komische Oper Berlin
2008 Aalto Theatre, Essen
2009 Theater Basel
2010Theater Basel
2011 La Monnaie, Brussels
2012 Cologne Opera
2013Komische Oper Berlin [5]
2014 Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich [6]
2015 National Theatre Mannheim and Oper Frankfurt [7]
2016Staatsoper Stuttgart [8]
2017 Opéra de Lyon [9]
2018Oper Frankfurt [10]

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Oper Frankfurt opera house

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