Hannover: Opernhaus

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Niedersachsen
City: Hannover
Location: Opernplatz / Georgstraße

Built 1845-1852 as "Königliches Hoftheater" by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves for King Ernst August of Hannover. Painted curtain by Johann Heinrich Ramberg (originally installed at the "Großes Schloßtheater" in 1789). Opened 1 Sep 1852 with Goethe's "Torquato Tasso". Originally, the complex included the main stage and a concert hall. 1894-1895 conversion of the concert hall into a rehearsal stage, foyer alterations. 1904 security improvements. 1927 conversion of rehearsal stage into a theatre museum. Destroyed by bombs in July 1943, leaving only exterior walls and the parterre foyers. 1949-1950 exterior restored to the original designs, interior rebuilt to modern designs by Werner Kallmorgen and Klaus Hoffmann (only stalls and 1st balcony finished). Re-opened 30 Nov 1950 with Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier". Subsequently auditorium extensions by a 2nd and 3rd balcony. 1983-1985 major interior rebuilding by Dieter Oesterlen. Originally 1600, 1940: 1700 seats, 1950: 1084 seats, 1959: 1575 seats, after 1985: 1207 seats. As a part of "Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover", used for opera and ballet performances by the resident companies. .

Notable world premieres:

  • Wellesz: Die Prinzessin Girnara (May 1921)
  • Walter Braunfels: Prinzessin Brambilla (16 Sep 1931)
  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Der Kuckuck von Theben (5 June 1943)
  • Hans Werner Henze: Boulevard Solitude (17 Feb 1952)
  • Wolfgang Rihm: Faust und Yorick (new version) / Giselher Klebe: Rendezvous (7 Oct 1977)

Link: www.staatstheater-hannover.de

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Gruss aus Hannover", "Eröffnung des Hoftheater 1852, Auffahrt des Hofes" [Inauguration of the Hoftheater 1852, Arrival of the Court]
Publisher: Otto Pilzecker, Hannover
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Hannover to Leer, 1901

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Picture: painted curtain by Ramberg
Front Text: "Gruss aus Hannover - Der alte Vorhang im Hoftheater zu Hannover. Gemalt von Ramberg"
Publisher: Otto Pilzeker
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Hannover to Northeim, 1897

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Hannover - Hof-Theater"; signed: "K. Ströse"
Publisher: Kunstanstalt J. Miesler, Berlin
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Hannover to Eutin, 1900

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Hannover, Theater"
Publisher: LUNA; No. 63
Type: Hold-to-Light-Card; Moonlight Card; Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Hannover to Helmstedt, 1901

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Hannover, Königl. Theater"
Publisher: Kunstanstalt Carl Garre, Leipzig; 6089
Type: Winter Card; Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Hannover to Olbersdorf, 1902

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Picture: new painted curtain
Front Text: "Hannover - Der neue Vorhang im Kgl. Hoftheater"
Publisher: Georg Alpers jr., Hannover
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Hannover, Promenaden-Konzert vor dem Hoftheater"
Handwritten Reverse Text: dated 1906
Publisher: Paul Feldheim, Kunst-Verlag 'Welt-Sport', Hannover
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Reverse Text: "Hannover - Opern- und Schauspielhaus in künstlicher Nachtbeleuchtung" [opera and drama theatre in artificial light]
Publisher: Norddeutsche Papier-Industrie, Hannover; Nr. 11
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent. from Hannover to Duisburg, 1927

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Reverse Text: "Hannover Café am Kröpcke mit Opernhaus"
Publisher: Verlag Schmohrl & von Seefeld Nachf., Hannover; 943/8
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Sent. from Hannover to Ellwangen, 1969

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Reverse Text: "Hannover - Blick von der Georgstraße auf die Oper"
Size: Modern
Sent. from Hannover to Brandenburg/Havel, 1979

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Hannover"
Reverse Text: "Hannover - Kongreß-, Messe-, EXPO- und Landeshauptstadt in Niedersachen - Opernhaus"
Publisher: Schöning Verlag, Lübeck; Holiday-Card Hann 3009
Size: 16.3 x 11.5 cm
Not sent.

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Reverse Text: "Hannover, Opernhaus in der Georgstraße"
Publisher: Hannoverliebhaber, Hemsley Living J. Köster, Ronnenberg
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Romantisches Hannover"
Reverse Text: "Schöne Grüße aus der Landeshauptstadt Hannover - Abendliche Staatsoper"
Publisher: Schöning Verlag, Lübeck; Hann 1678
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Hannover: Opernhaus] Front Text: "Für den Gaumen eine Freude, / für die Augen eine Weide, / für die Ohren einen Schmaus / verspricht das schöne Opernhaus!"
Reverse Text: "Opernhaus Hannover. [...]"
Publisher: Stadtepigramme Size: Modern
Not sent.


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