Düsseldorf: Opernhaus

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Nordrhein-Westfalen
City: Düsseldorf
Location: Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a

Built 1873-1875 as "Stadttheater" by Ernst Giese. Opened 29 November 1875 with Goethe's "Götz von Berlichingen". 1891 extension and electrification. 1906 major interior rebuilding by Hermann vom Endt. 1925 renamed "Opernhaus". Auditorium completely destroyed by bombs on 28 January 1943 and 3 November 1943. Subsequently rebuilt. Re-opened 1 May 1944 with Beethoven's "Fidelio". Closed 1 September 1944. Re-opened 15 July 1945 with a concert. Re-opened as a theatre 9 October 1945 with Puccini's "Tosca". Site of the first session of the "Landtag" parliament of the newly-formed state Nordrhein-Westfalen on 2 Oct l946. Rebuilt 1954-1956. Re-opened 22 April 1956 with Beethoven's "Fidelio". Capacity: originally 1410 seats, 1944: 1041 seats, today: 1342 seats. Since 1956, home to the "Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg" opera company (together with the Stadttheater Dusiburg).

Notable world premieres:

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero: Orfeide (31 Oct 1925)
  • Manfred Gurlitt: Soldaten (9 Nov 1930)
  • Eduard Künneke: Hochzeit mit Erika (31 Aug 1949)
  • Giselher Klebe: Die Räuber (3 June 1957)
  • Giselher Klebe: Die tödlichen Wünsche (14 June 1959)

Link: www.deutsche-oper-am-rhein.de

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Front Text: "Düsseldorf, Stadttheater"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: to Staines (United Kingdom) [stamp and postmark removed]

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Front Text: "Düsseldorf, Stadttheater", signed: "R.K."
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Düsseldorf to Gunzenhausen, 1912

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Front Text: "Düsseldorf, Stadt-Theater"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Picture: after the 1954-1956 rebuilding
Reverse Text: "Düsseldorf, Opernhaus"
Handwritten Reverse Text: dated 26 Aug 1956
Publisher: Hubert Knappe, Düsseldorf; Nr. 39
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Sent: to Hamburg [stamp and postmark removed]

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Reverse Text: "Düsseldorf, Opernhaus"
Publisher: Platow's Kunstanstalt, Düsseldorf; 118
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Not sent.

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Reverse Text: "Düsseldorf am Rhein, Hofgarten mit Blick auf das Opernhaus"
Publisher: Bahnhofsbuchhandlung Adam Heinz, Düsseldorf; Nr. 1139
Size: Modern
Not sent.

Düsseldorf: Opernhaus Reverse Text: "Düsseldorf, Opernhaus an der Heinr.-Heine-Allee"
Publisher: Rhein. Ansichtskartenverlag Jos. Kessel, Königswinter; Nr. 2279
Size: Modern
Sent: from Düsseldorf to Sils-Maria (Switzerland), 1974


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