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Categories Opera
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 10,000
Reach: 20,000[1]
First issue 1960
Company Friedrich Berlin Verlag / Klett Gruppe
Country Germany
Based in Berlin
Language German
Website www.opernwelt.de
ISSN 0030-3690

Opernwelt (Opera World) is a monthly German magazine for opera, operetta and ballet.

The magazine covers news about current performances; it presents portraits of composers and performers, articles about opera houses and performance spaces, and about contemporary and historical subjects from the world of opera and classical music. It reviews recordings and books and publishes monthly schedules of German and international opera houses. The magazine's website offers full text search for past issues. A year book is published every October.


Each year since 1994, at the end of the season, the magazine sponsors a jury of 50 critics to select the best in several categories:

  • opera house of the year (Opernhaus des Jahres)
  • staging of the year (Aufführung des Jahres)
  • stage director of the year (Regisseur des Jahres)
  • singer of the year (Sänger des Jahres)
  • stage- and costume designer of the year (Kostüm- und Bühnenbildner des Jahres)
  • orchestra of the year (Orchester des Jahres)
  • premiere of the year (Uraufführung des Jahres)[2]

They are usually selected from German-speaking countries, Austria, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland. In 2011, La Monnaie received the accolade, the first time it has been given to a non-German speaking house.[3]

Opera house of the year

Year Opera house
1993 Leipzig Opera[4]
1994 Staatsoper Stuttgart
1995 Oper Frankfurt
1996 Oper Frankfurt
1997 Hamburg State Opera
1998 Staatsoper Stuttgart
1999 Staatsoper Stuttgart
2000 Staatsoper Stuttgart
2001 Graz Opera
2002 Staatsoper Stuttgart
2003 Oper Frankfurt
2004 Die deutschen Stadttheater
(the German municipal theatres, collectively)
2005 Hamburg State Opera
2006 Staatsoper Stuttgart
2007 Oper Bremen and Komische Oper Berlin
2008 Aalto Theatre, Essen
2009 Theater Basel
2010 Theater Basel
2011 La Monnaie, Brussels
2012 Cologne Opera
2013 Komische Oper Berlin[5]
2014 Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich[6]
2015 National Theatre Mannheim and Oper Frankfurt[7]
2016 Staatsoper Stuttgart[8]
2017 Opéra de Lyon[9]


  1. ^ Opernwelt circulation and reach (in German)
  2. ^ ""Opernhaus des Jahres": Stuttgart zum sechsten Mal vorn / Kritikerumfrage". Die Zeit. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "La Monnaie ¦ De Munt". La Monnaie ¦ De Munt. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ungedeckte Schecks für die Kunst" by Klaus Umbach, Der Spiegel, 52/1993, 27 December 1993 (in German)
  5. ^ "Starke Teams oder: Was bleibt von 2012/13?" by Stephan Mösch, Albrecht Thiemann, Opernwelt Yearbook 2013, p. 96 (in German)
  6. ^ Kritikerumfrage 2014 by Stephan Mösch, Albrecht Thiemann, Opernwelt Yearbook 2014 (in German)
  7. ^ Brug, Manuel (30 September 2015). "Liebe Kritiker, sonst habt ihr keine Probleme?". Welt (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  8. ^ ""Opernhaus des Jahres": Stuttgart zum sechsten Mal vorn". Die Zeit (in German). Hamburg. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Thiemann, Albrecht (2017). "Woher, wohin, warum? Was bleibt von 2016/17?". Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2017. Berlin. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 

External links

  • Opernwelt
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