The Musiktheater of Theater Magdeburg is multi-faceted, performing everything from operas and operettas to musicals. Its repertoire is wide, spanning the gamut from baroque opera – with the emphasis on works by Georg Philipp Telemann, especially during the city’s Telemann festival – to classical, romantic and contemporary pieces; some are performed as (German) premières, including works by Hans Werner Henze, Marc Neikrug, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass and, more recently, Franz Kafka’s The Trial. The schedule also benefits from rediscovered works and rarely-performed operas, such as Zdeněk Fibich’s opera The Bride of Messina in the 2014/2015 season. Operettas are retained in the repertoire through pieces by Eduard Künnecke, Carl Millöcker, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Jacques Offenbach. For many years, Theater Magdeburg has enjoyed an excellent reputation for musicals. First-rate musicals at both the Opera House (recent examples include My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss me, Kate, Hello, Dolly and Crazy For You) and, since 2008, the DomplatzOpenAir event (Titanic, Evita, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, The Rocky Horror Show) attract large audiences from near and far.
Alongside artistic director Karen Stone and drama director Cornelia Crombholz, leading directors such as Christian von Götz, Stephen Lawless, Aron Stiehl, Ulrich Schulz, Aniara Amos and Vera Nemirova stage regular productions at Theater Magdeburg.
The Theater Magdeburg is renowned for its rich voices: special guest roles and the 16-strong ensemble of the Musiktheater make audiences at the Opera House, and occasionally the Schauspielhaus, sit up and take notice. The Magdeburgische Philharmonie occupies the orchestra pit, except in productions for the city’s Telemann festival.