Köln: Opernhaus (old)

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Nordrhein-Westfalen
City: Köln
Location: Habsburgerring 9 / Rudolfplatz / Aachener Straße

Built 1899-1902 as "Neues Stadttheater" by Carl Moritz. Opened 7 September 1902. From 1906, exclusively used for opera performances. 1934 rebuilding of the theatre restaurant. 1937-1940 major auditorium rebuilding by Emil Rudolf Mewes. Originally 1806 seats, in 1940: 1746 seats. Severely damaged by bombs on 20/21 April 1944 and 14 May 1944. Plans to rebuild the theatre were cancelled in the 1950s when the city council decided to build a new Opernhaus at another site. Remains demolished in 1958.

Notable world premieres:

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die tote Stadt (4 Dec 1920, also at Stadttheater Hamburg)
  • Alexander Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (28 May 1922)
  • Franz Schreker: Irrelohe (27 Mar 1924)
  • Belá Bartók: Der wunderbare Mandarin (27 Nov 1926)
  • Siegfried Wagner: Der Heidenkönig (16 Dec 1933)
  • Nico Dostal: Prinzessin Nofretete (13 Sep 1936)

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Köln am Rhein - Neues Theater (Frontansicht)"
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Cöln to Kolberg (= Kolobrzeg, Poland), 1903

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Köln - Neues Theater am Habsburger Ring"
Publisher: Kunstverlag Max Victor, Köln
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Cöln a. Rh., Neues Stadttheater"
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Cöln to Eschweiler, 1903

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Cöln - Neues Stadttheater"
Publisher: Kunstverlag Max Victor, Cöln; No. 7
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Bad Nauheim to Gent (Belgium), 1907

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Cöln a. Rh. - Partie vom Neuen Theater"
Publisher: Kunstverlag Joh. Heinrigs, Cöln a. Rh.
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Cöln to Rheidt (= Mönchengladbach-Rheydt), 1907

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Gruß aus Köln a. Rh. - Neues Stadttheater"
Publisher: Kunstverlag Max Victor, Cöln; W. Hagelberg AG, Berlin
Type: Hold-to-Light Card; Moonlight Card; Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Foyer im neuen Stadttheater, Köln"
Publisher: Rud. Dohmen; No. 118
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Cöln to Laurenburg/Lahn, 1903

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Foyer im neuen Stadttheater, Köln"
Publisher: Rud. Dohmen; No. 119
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Köln a. Rh. - Neues Theater (Zuschauerraum)" [auditorium]
Publisher: Ed. Hölzermann, Köln a. Rhein; No. 1289
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: by German Marine's Postal Service, from Cöln to Wilhelmshaven, 1916

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Vorgarten - Köln a. Rh. - Opernhaus-Restaurant, Köln a. Rh."
Publisher: Urania, Graphisches Institut, Berlin; 14874
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Köln to Siegen, 1926

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Köln, Opern-Haus"
Publisher: Verlag B. &. M. Wollstein, Köln
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Front Text: "Köln a. Rh. - Hohenstaufen Ring u. Opernhaus"
Publisher: HWK
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Koeln: Opernhaus (old)] Picture: after the 1934 restaurant rebuilding
Front Text: "Köln a. Rh. Opernhaus mit neuem Café" [opera house with new café]
Handwritten Reverse Text: dated 18 Jan 1943
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

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