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Reach: 20,000[1]
First issue1960
CompanyFriedrich Berlin Verlag / Klett Gruppe
Based inBerlin

Opernwelt (Opera World) is a monthly German magazine for opera, operetta and ballet. It includes news about current performances, portraits of composers and performers, articles about opera houses, performance spaces, and 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:

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[3]
2012 Cologne Opera
2013 Komische Oper Berlin[5]
2014 Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich[6]
2015 National Theatre Mannheim and Oper Frankfurt[7]
2016 Staatsoper Stuttgart[2]
2017 Opéra de Lyon[8]
2018 Oper Frankfurt[9]
2019 Opéra national du Rhin, Alsace[10]


  1. ^ Opernwelt circulation and reach (in German)
  2. ^ a b "'Opernhaus des Jahres': Stuttgart zum sechsten Mal vorn". Die Zeit. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "La Monnaie elected 'Opera House of the Year'". La Monnaie ¦ De Munt. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ Umbach, Klaus (27 December 1993). "'Ungedeckte Schecks für die Kunst'". Der Spiegel (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ Mösch, Stephan; Thiemann, Albrecht (2013). "Starke Teams oder: Was bleibt von 2012/13?". Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2013 (in German). p. 96. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ Mösch, Stephan; Thiemann, Albrecht (2014). "Opernhaus des Jahres". Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2014 (in German). Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ Brug, Manuel (30 September 2015). "Liebe Kritiker, sonst habt ihr keine Probleme?". Die Welt (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ Thiemann, Albrecht (2017). "Woher, wohin, warum? Was bleibt von 2016/17?". Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2017. Berlin. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Oper Frankfurt wieder 'Opernhaus des Jahres'". Frankfurter Rundschau (Press release) (in German). dpa. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Titel "Opernhaus des Jahres" geht ins Elsass". nmz online (in German). neue musikzeitung. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.