Deutsche Oper am Rhein

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) is an opera company based in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. The opera also has an associated classical ballet company. Axel Kober has been its Music Director since 2009. The resident orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, play both opera and symphonic repertoire.

Deutsche Oper am Rhein
caption = Theater Duisburg in 2009
Christoph Meyer

After the 1875 construction of what became the Düsseldorf Opernhaus, a strong connection between the two cities’ opera houses existed from 1887 to 1920, and was not re-established until 1955 with the creation of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

The company performs in the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, built in 1875. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed to officially re-open in 1956. Theater Duisburg, built in 1912, was completely destroyed, and rebuilt in 1950. For the 25th anniversary of the house, Alexander Goehr was commissioned to compose an opera. He wrote Behold the Sun with a libretto by John McGrath about the anabaptists in Münster.

The current general manager is Christoph Meyer; the chief conductor is Axel Kober.

In 2006 and 2007, a major reorganization and renovation of the Opera House in Duesseldorf took place. The first opera performance in the newly renovated theater was La traviata, conducted by the American John Fiore.

During the year 2000 up to 2005 the German photographer Karl Maria Udo Remmes was invited to portray the backstage operations at the Deutsche Oper in Düsseldorf.[1]

Two singers of the opera, member Oleg Bryjak and guest artist Maria Radner, were killed in the Germanwings Flight 9525 disaster.[2]


  1. ^ Meiszies, Winrich. Augenblicke der Kunst / Moments of Art. Düsseldorf: Droste Verlag. p. 120. ISBN 3-929945-19-3.
  2. ^ Shammas, John (24 March 2015). "Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash: First pictures of opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak among 150 dead". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 24 March 2015.

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