Opéra national du Rhin
The Opéra national du Rhin owes its exemplary reputation to the specific contribution of the three participating cities: Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar. The Opéra national du Rhin is a Syndicate run jointly by the three cities, each boasting its own creative branch: the Opéra in Strasbourg, the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin, a national choreographic centre since 1985, in Mulhouse and Opéra Studio, a centre for training young singers, in Colmar. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, the Alsace experiment has become a model in its own right. While remaining firmly attached to its regional and European roots, the Opéra national du Rhin has become a firm favourite on the French and international lyrical scene and in 1997 was awarded the prestigious title of "national opera house".
After 8 highly successful years as Managing Director of the OnR, Marc Clémeur will be handing over to Eva Kleinitz in September 2017. Bruno Bouché will become Dance Director in September 2017, taking over from Ivan Cavalari.
The Opéra national du Rhin has gained its excellent reputation on the international lyrical scene notably thanks to the work of renowned directors such as Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Achim Freyer, David Pountney, Philippe Arlaud, Georges Lavaudant, Klaus Michael Grüber, Keith Warner, Vincent Boussard, Mariame Clément, Olivier Py and Robert Carsen.
From Teresa Berganza, Régine Crespin, Montserrat Caballé and José Van Dam to Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Graham, Ludovic Tézier, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, George Petean, Karine Deshayes, Max Emanuel Cencic, Mireille Delunsch, Paul Gay, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Ian Storey, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Anne Sofie von Otter and Franz-Josef Selig and Stéphane Degout, Patrizia Ciofi, Anna-Caterina Antonacci, Christian Gerhaher, Karita Mattila the Opéra national du Rhin plays host to the great voices of our time.
In terms of musical direction, the Opéra national du Rhin welcomes exceptional conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Claus Peter Flor, Kirill Karabits, Bernhard Kontarsky, Louis Langrée, Alain Lombard, Enrique Mazzola, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset, Claude Schnitzler and Constantin Trinks, Paolo Carignani, Daniele Callegari, Patrick Davin, Marko Letonja, Antony Hermus, Jacques Lacombe and Christophe Rousset.
The Opéra national du Rhin works in close cooperation with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, which accompany the lyrical and choreographic productions. Patrick Davin conducts the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra (OSM) and Marko Letonja conducts the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPS).
The Strasbourg Opera House has a capacity of 1142 seats, La Filature in Mulhouse at 1100, La Sinne 788 seats and the Municipal Theatre in Colmar 515 seats.
The Opéra national du Rhin employs 240 staff members and 700 entertainment workers per season. The OPS and OSM each accompany half of the productions.
The Opéra national du Rhin works on co-productions with the great international festivals, theatres and operas: the festivals of Savonlinna, Schwetzingen, Aix-en-Provence and Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, Staatsoper in Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Opéra in Lausanne, Teatro Real in Madrid, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra national in Bordeaux and the Bolshoi in Moscow. Quai Ouest as being co-produced with Staatstheater Nürnberg and The Queen of Spades with Opernhaus Zürich.
The OnR will be raising the curtain about 200 times in 2016-2017 with 10 operas, 5 ballets, 5 recitals and 11 aperitif concerts.
For several years now, the OnR has been running a highly dynamic awareness campaign with young audiences. Each season, an opera dedicated to young audiences is performed by the singers of the OnR's Opéra Studio, which since 2009, has become a centre for creating children's operas. This season 2016-2017 will witness Snow White by Marius Felix Lange.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin is one of the rare French companies that can happily move from baroque to modern and classical to contemporary dance displaying the full gamut of styles. This is proven by the long list of choreographers exploring every facet of dance from Bournonville to Heinz Spoerli, not forgetting Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Kylián, Béjart, Forsythe and Lucinda Childs. Its repertoire includes "benchmark" ballets such as La Sylphide and Giselle together with iconoclastic reinterpretations of the great repertoire such as Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Casse-Noisette and also landmark works by ground-breaking choreographers of the 20th century and creations commissioned from both young talents and seasoned artists.