Visit an artistic landmark in a city that exudes cultural energy and variety. The innovative and dynamic scene in Dortmund makes the city an important center of music and art in Germany. Opernhaus Dortmund opened in 1966 to serve as a venue for operas, ballets, concerts, and for plays which require a large stage and is operated by the Theater Dortmund organisation. The wide variety of performance art shows and the interesting design makes it a fascinating landmark for visiting while you are in Dortmund. Book tickets for an opera or ballet show, or simply visit to admire the architecture and interiors at this cultural hub in Germany's eighth largest city.
The Opernhaus through history
The opera house was built as a replacement for an earlier building which opened in 1904 and was destroyed during World War I. In the spring of 1955, the competition for the new building was won by well-regarded German architects Heinrich Roskotten and Edgar Tritthart. In 1966, the opera house, which was built on the square of the old synagogue, was inaugurated with a performance of the Rosenkavaliers by Richard Strauss.
Modernist architecture, distinctive design
The opera house is built of steel, glass and concrete with an eye-catching large dome that reaches 16.90m above the auditorium, surrounded by three wide concrete arches. The design of the modernist structure separates the functions of the stage and technical area, which is dominated by straight lines, from the auditorium under its shell-like roof. The dome is covered with triangular copper plates and the sides of the building covered by the arch are glazed, so that the foyer and staircases are always visible. Behind the dome rises the crossbar with stage construction and functional spaces. The roof of the rectangular foyer is designed as a terrace for the public that surrounds the dome.
Opera and ballet under one unique roof
The opera house contains the opera and ballet ensemble of the theater. It was also, until 2002, the venue for concerts of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, which today mostly plays in the Konzerthaus Dortmund and in the Orchestra Center NRW. It's sometimes unusual choices for performances make this opera house a popular choice for bold and daring new shows. Whether you're craving a traditional opera, classic ballet or a more innovative stage show, the Dortmund Opera House is a fantastic place to experience performing arts while you're visiting Dortmund, or a wonderful place for corporate hospitality.